SPY mouse




Stealth game requires creative thinking and trial and error.

What parents need to know

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
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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
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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
  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support


Accessible yet challenging for most ages. Production value is high and cat and mouse narrative is a winner.

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • decision-making
  • deduction
  • strategy

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Release date:May 31, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:125.00 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later, Android 2.1

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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