Issa's Edible Adventures

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Real recipes are highlights in this imaginary adventure.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn more about cultures from around the world, including local crops, indigenous wildlife, and customs. They can also learn more about various fruits, vegetables, and spices, as well as how to prepare a few different dishes that include those ingredients. 

Ease of Play

With plenty of prompting and support, kids will have no trouble working their way through.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Issa's Edible Adventures is a cultural exploration game that introduces kids to world cuisines, ingredients, and customs. While the overall experience is fine for a younger child, some of the language and ideas presented might be too advanced for them to understand. The app comes with two recipes to create, i.e. two "adventures," while the third costs $1.99. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

ISSA'S EDIBLE ADVENTURES is a fantastical experience that asks kids to help Issa travel around the world collecting ingredients for recipes at her mother's restaurant. The restaurant's head chef never seems to have the ingredients on hand or the time and knowledge to make the meals. For each dish, kids will need to travel to three different locations via Issa's helicopter. With help from Issa and her pet pig, they'll explore the food and culture of the land and speak with the people. Once they have the ingredients, they can return to the kitchen to cook. The last stage invites kids to help Issa prepare the dish step-by-step, by dragging ingredients, stirring, etc. Once kids complete the dish, they unlock the recipe for the dish in their recipe box. They can then prepare the dish at home. There are three recipes: Two are included in the free app, while the third requires an in-app purchase.

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the world cuisine in Issa's Edible Adventures. What are some foods you eat that come from another culture? Do you eat any special foods because of your own culture and/or ancestry?

  • Talk about cooking. Try cooking something new as a family. How do you read a recipe? What are some of the kitchen tools you will use? Where do you find the ingredients? If they come from a market, where are they located?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

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