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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Off/on-screen idea is good bait but the catch disappoints.

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Though combining offscreen activity with on-screen fun is a great idea, this fishbowl greatly disappoints. SquiggleFish is off to a good start with its creative use of tablet technology. At first, it can be exciting to see your own drawing floating around on the screen. But with the automatic photo capture, sometimes the app has trouble recognizing drawings, and other times the drawing shows up but with parts missing. Kids need to closely follow the instructions to optimize the chances of getting their drawing, whole and intact, into the SquiggleFish aquarium, which ends up greatly limiting their creativity. However, the major disappointment is what happens once the fish is in the aquarium -- which is essentially nothing. That is, all kids do is watch as the fish floats around the screen. What at first seemed like a great interactive app quickly turns into an entirely passive experience. It would be nice to see options for moving the fish yourself, resizing it, adding embellishments, creating a story about the fish, or other ways to interact. As is, SquiggleFish doesn't have enough going on to make it worth the purchase price.

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