What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SPY mouse is a series of maze-like puzzles in which players need to get their mouse, Agent Squeak, from point A to point B. Along the way, players have to dodge roaming cats that can catch Agent Squeak and form a cartoon-like fight cloud. Instead of just drawing a track to the goal, players often have to create unique, winding paths to confuse the cats, making the gameplay style and strategy wholly unique. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- collecting data
Engagement, Approach, Support
Accessible yet challenging for most ages. Production value is high and cat and mouse narrative is a winner.
Unique grab-and-go gameplay strategy requires players to be creative and patient. Without hints, though, some puzzles can become frustrating.
App is super easy to navigate. Though point system is a bit cryptic, kids might get into special challenges.
What's it about?
Kids are presented with a series of mazes consisting of home layouts. Kids advance Agent Squeak to gather cheese, dodge patrolling cats, and escape into mouse holes by dragging a path with their finger. The James Bond-style music is engaging and graphics are way slick. Kids get points for cheese collected plus time bonuses, adding up to a total score. The Achievements menu gives kids special challenges like stealing 25 pieces of cheese.
Is it any good?
SPY MOUSE has an allure that is all its own. This game takes the very standard gameplay mechanic of getting from point A to point B while avoiding obstacles, and makes it unique in a way that makes it accessible to anyone, yet challenging for everyone. The challenge is to figure out how to lure the enemy cats one way and then sneak around another way. There is no rigid, set way to finish each level. Instead, it's up to the player to use their head and figure out, which, for many, may mean trying the maze over and over again. But that trial-and-error process is what creates the fun in this puzzler.
Families can talk about...
Talk to your kids about the concepts of decoy, distraction, and line of sight.
Ask your kids questions as they play: What have you tried already? What can you try that's different?
Ponder together why cats love balls of yarn so much!