By Debbie Gorrell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Adventure game is fun but has some frustrating features.
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Kids can learn about logic, patterns, and solving puzzles, and they even learn a little about Egyptian culture. Words such as "camel" and "hieroglyphs" are spoken and spelled on the screen as kids encounter these items through gameplay. As they maneuver through the desert to collect gems and solve puzzles, kids can practice coordination. However, using the touch controls may be a bit advanced for preschoolers and likely will require plenty of patience and practice. Some ideas for extension activities could help adults reinforce the learning experience for kids. Though it definitely has some drawbacks, Pizo Egypt does offer some learning potential to preschoolers.
Ease of Play
The interactive nature of the puzzles is intuitive (dragging and dropping objects, for example) but maneuvering through the desert and getting gems may be a challenge for preschoolers.
Violence & Scariness
Although lighthearted in nature, a jewel thief and other dangerous characters, such as a chomping alligator, may be seen as mildly violent for the target age group.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pizo Egypt is an interactive game that takes kids on a virtual Egyptian journey. Kids travel through a desert by camel, boat, and flying carpet all while completing jigsaw and logic puzzles. They earn points for collecting gems -- which can be tricky -- but can lose them all to thieves. If this happens at any stage of the game, kids have to completely start over, which is a frustrating feature.
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What’s It About?
In Pizo Egypt, the adventure begins with a scene in which a thief steals a basket of gems. Kids then select an avatar, and the avatar appears in an Egyptian desert. They tap the avatar to make it walk through the desert and control it as it rides a camel, a flying carpet, and a boat. Tapping faster increases speed so kids can escape the jewel thief and other dangers, and swiping makes the camel jump to collect gems. As kids travel through the desert, they encounter puzzles and collect gems to earn points.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will enjoy traveling through a colorful world, solving puzzles and escaping dangers, but it's bound to be frustrating if they're caught by a jewel thief and have to start the game over. The jigsaw and logic puzzles are engaging and age-appropriate, and learning a bit about Egyptian culture is pretty neat. The cheerful graphics and point-valued gems are motivating, as is the challenge of avoiding the jewel thief. However, though the controls are fairly straightforward, younger kids could have difficulty coordinating them all throughout the game; jumping to get gems is particularly tricky, and it's easy to miss some. They also might grow bored with the repetition of activities, as there's little variation.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the vocabulary words from the game. Have kids make flash cards with the word on the front and a picture on the back.
Talk about kids' favorite logic puzzle and have them create their own using paper and colored pencils for you to solve.
Discuss Egyptian culture and what kids find most interesting about it. If possible, find out more using maps, books, or online resources.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, vocabulary, Math: patterns, Social Studies: cultural understanding
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 15, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures
- Publisher: Sprite Kids
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: September 9, 2021
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