Isoland 2: Ashes of Time

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Tough, clever puzzling tale set on dark, mysterious island.

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Game uses simple touch controls, but puzzles can be really hard.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Isoland 2: Ashes of Time is a story-driven point-and-click adventure game with tons of puzzles for iOS and Android devices. While it's safe for all ages and has no objectionable content, its level of intellectual challenge makes it strictly for older kids and adults; younger players may become frustrated trying to solve these puzzles. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

While ISOLAND 2: ASHES OF TIME has a story, figuring it out is a big part of this game. So let's just say that when it begins, you're on a remote island and have to figure out, well, everything: where to go, what to do, how to get a door open, etc. Players have flexibility to pursue any puzzles they want in any order, and can also change the flow of time to uncover clues to help them solve some of the brainteasers they're confronted with. Eventually, you'll put the pieces together and discover what's happening on this strange little island.

Is it any good?

Like the original, this puzzling and mysterious point-and-click adventure game is both engaging and intellectually challenging. In Isoland 2: Ashes of Time, you have to explore a remote island full of puzzles and things to poke. Why? Well, figuring that out is part of the fun of this clever game, which pairs its intellectual challenge with a mystery that'll keep you searching for answers. It also helps that the game is beautiful, like one of the original Addams Family cartoons if Charles Addams used a little more color (though only a little).

And yet, this game isn't for everyone. It's not for the easily frustrated or anyone looking for something with a lot more action. It's also not for hard-core puzzle fans who want tougher and tougher variations on a theme; the puzzles here are not the same kind of experience over and over until the ending credits. Still, if you're looking for a mysterious and dark tale, one that's told by poking and prodding the screen while solving increasingly difficult puzzles, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time will keep you wandering for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about life skills like problem-solving and pattern recognition. Did you notice that the solutions for some of the puzzles in Isoland 2 were rather obvious once you took the time to study them or think about them? How can this help you solve problems in your daily life?

  • Why is it important to be observant and pay attention when playing Isoland 2?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: 1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 12, 2018
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 873.00 MB
  • Publisher: Lilith Games
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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