Parents' Guide to

Leonardo's Cat

By Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Place gadgets and problem-solve to help famous inventor.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Excellent game!

Younger children will have difficulty playing solo, but it's a great game to play together. The goal is to help a cat traverse a variety of obstacles in his path using varies inventions. You start out with two- springboard (for jumping short distances) and cannon (breaks boxes blocking way). More are added over time so children have time to learn the function of each. Parachutes help you fall down. Catapults vault you over wider gaps. A helicopter thing takes you straight up. Levels get more complex and appear to have multiple solutions. Questions you can use to help your child: "That's a small gap. What do you use to get over a small gap?" "You cat hit his head on the ceiling. What else could we try here? Could we change the angle?" Unlike some games, which make you pay to play or penalize you for failing, this game does neither. You can make as many attempts as you want as frequently as you want. If you fail an obstacle, the game reloads there so you don't scroll back and forth looking for the place that needs fixing.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Most kids will love this high-quality, historical puzzler that provides just enough variation to keep them engaged. After setting up the gadgets, kids will get a kick out of watching the cat run through their creation; if it doesn't work, kids can retry as many times as needed. It would help kids plan how to use their gear if they could see the cat's whole course without scrolling. Also, if they could zoom and pan around da Vinci's studio, they would be able to get up close to the art and sketches; not playing up the history for interested kids is a missed opportunity.  It's also possible that kids will want to put the automaton together as they collect pieces, and some might want hints about the puzzles, so these would be nice features. Despite these few drawbacks, it's a fun, fresh romp that lets kids practice problem solving.

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