Parents' Guide to

Issa's Edible Adventures

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Real recipes are highlights in this imaginary adventure.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Educational Games
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This adventure-based, food-focused app will appeal most to kids with a true interest in cooking. Issa's Edible Adventures is bound to capture the imagination of kids who have always dreamed that there is something more out there. Realistically speaking, the premise is a bit of a stretch: Certainly Issa's mother would notice her daughter flying around alone in a helicopter with a pig. Of course, that's what makes it so much fun. The downside is that the vibrant marketplaces and fields are static images, and the only interaction kids have is to tap on the glowing objects to learn more. There are no games, and even the cultural information is boiled down into dry tidbits. Back in the kitchen, there's more of the same as kids tap on kitchen objects to find out what they are. It's really the final step -- adding ingredients, straining things, seasoning the dish -- that's likely to keep kids engaged. And for those who are interested in cooking, getting the real version of the recipe they just learned about is the icing on the cake. It has a specific audience in kids who are curious about the world and want to learn more. It could serve as a bonus learning activity for a social studies class. Adding a bit more interactivity or opportunities for creativity would add to the appeal, especially for kids who might not be super keen on actually cooking.

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