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By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Interactive exploration of inventions inspires tinkerers.

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Gadgetarium's beautiful music and detailed graphics will impress all ages, but the history that's offered is very brief, serving as more of an introduction to each invention. The time line is interesting, showing the advancement of gadgets and how much technology has changed through the centuries. Some gadgets are more interactive than others -- the scale, light bulb, television, and Walkman are the standouts. Kids can look at each invention with a 360-degree view, but many beg to be opened up and explored, which isn't an option. Another small issue: Years are written as B.C. and A.C. rather than B.C. and A.D., which may be confusing to kids -- or at least require some explanation. The written descriptions are witty but not very deep, so kids and parents may want to investigate inventions of interest more.

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