SPY Mouse

App review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Stealth game requires creative thinking and trial and error.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn observation, deduction, and strategy skills. Though the basic goal is mostly clear and definitely consistent throughout, puzzles are somewhat open ended. Each attempt is an experiment and kids must plan based on previous successes and failures. Kids observe cat behavior and time their windows of opportunity. SPY Mouse is a challenging and unique puzzle game with a little classic strategy learning.

Ease of Play

This game may seem simple at first -- and the initial levels are very accessible -- but the challenge becomes apparent when the levels start twisting and turning more. It is not the kind of puzzle game where players can map out the goal and need the master dexterity to do it; the unique gameplay style requires players to be creative and figure out how to complete each puzzle using critical thinking and trial-and-error.

Violence & Scariness

To reach the end of each maze, players have to avoid roaming cats. If a cat catches the player's mouse, there is a scuffle depicted as a cartoon "fight cloud" and then the level restarts. Additionally, in the game's intro video, there is a silhouetted depiction of a mouse running away from a cat that ends in the cat grabbing and swallowing the mouse.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Kids can purchase additional cheese with in-app purchases ranging from $.99 to $29.99. Kids spend their cheese on power-ups that can help them solve the puzzles. Spending money is not necessary for full gameplay, but with no hints for tricky puzzles, the in-app purchases for helpful power-ups could be tempting.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byyanzheng March 23, 2016
Adult Written byJuliana D. October 12, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byCooper33217 January 29, 2017

A very good game for kids

A very good game for kids
Teen, 14 years old Written byJuicy300 December 26, 2016

Bring the game bck !!

This game is very fun I would really love for this game to get bck a app it really makes me sad that I can't play this game bc it's not available come... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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!

App details

For kids who love thinking through puzzles

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