Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Kids steer the plot in whimsical adventure story.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to experiment with various ways to solve a problem. They'll get to practice role-playing and test different solutions as they try out all the story paths. And the story's characters inspire courage and positive, creative problem-solving.

Ease of Play

If it's not clear how to move through text and pages, a quick tutorial clearly demonstrates it all.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival is a choose-your-own-adventure digital storybook. Kids help Max and his friend Meredith search for Max's missing dog, Percival. There are multiple paths to take, but all choices end in a happy reunion. Kids can choose to read on their own or have a narrator read to them. There are a few lightly interactive elements throughout the story; parents can disable these in the settings menu. Sound effects and music can also be turned on and off through the settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids choose where to look for Max's missing dog in MAX & MEREDITH: THE SEARCH FOR PERCIVAL. Explore the fictional town of Everdale with Max and his friend Meredith in this choose-your-own-adventure digital storybook. Visit the story map to jump in at any point in the story and choose a different path to explore all eight possible endings. Kids can read on their own or have a narrator read to them. Music and a few small interactive features enhance the experience.

Is it any good?

With just the right amount of fantasy and whimsy, this story should engage kids and get them excited about exploring all the different plot options. Max and Meredith are fun characters who take kids on an exciting adventure. They also have a can-do spirit and a good dose of ingenuity in problem-solving and creating solutions. Just like the traditional choose-your-own-adventure paperbacks of yore, this app gets kids intimately involved in the storytelling as they make plot choices at key junctions in the story. High-quality graphics, narration, and sound effects enhance but don't distract from the story. The limited interactive elements are understated so as to keep the focus on the story rather than on tapping all over the screen. The major downside is that once kids try out all the story paths, there's not much more to do with the app. Also, some of the vocabulary is a bit advanced for the target age, like "hoisted," "pillar of the community," and "boon." Yet Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival is compelling enough as a storybook for kids to be interested in repeat visits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the plot choices available in Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival. Ask why one option seems more interesting than another and explore the results of making different choices.

  • Ask kids about turning points in their lives. Can you think of a time when you had to choose between two (or more) things to do or ways to behave? How did you make your choice? What consequences did that choice have?

  • Encourage a love of literature, and inspire creativity with fantasy and adventure stories. Read lots of books with your kids and talk about the characters and storylines.

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