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What's it about?
Kids tap Quick Game or Normal Game to get started with THE FAMOUS FIVE ADVENTURE GAME. Kids can then choose which of four characters they'll play as and in which two of four locations they'll carry out their investigations. Once in, they're introduced to a mystery to solve, such as a missing gold ring. Kids navigate throughout their locations to play mini-games in order to collect clues and interview witnesses and suspects. They use a map to see an overview of where they're going, and use a detective's notebook to keep track of all the information they've gathered. When they're ready, kids can make an accusation to see if they've solved the mystery. The games ends when kids accuse the real culprit. Kids can then read and download a pdf storybook of their unique investigative journey.
Is it any good?
This highly interactive game has kids reading and deciphering clues to solve a mystery. The premise here is fun, and kids really do feel like the protagonist as they explore areas, decide how to talk to witnesses, and complete mini-games to gather evidence. Kids must be methodical, logical, and patient throughout a relatively long-lasting game to successfully find the correct culprit. If kids jump the gun and accuse the wrong person though, it's nice that they don't lose anything and can just continue playing to gather more clues. It's also pretty cool to read a story whose plot follows the exact steps you took towards solving the mystery. On the downside, the app's reaction time is sometimes slow, which can result in frustration when kids try to respond in a certain way but the app doesn't recognize it. And, though a single game can last a while, subsequent games use the same structure only with different details, which may start to feel repetitive. Finally, kids have so much control over so much of the story, it would be nice if they also could control the notes in their detective book rather than having the characters automatically come to conclusions and the notebook auto populate. If kids have gathered all the clues, there's little actual logic that kids need to use to find the culprit. But, overall, The Famous Five Adventure Game is unique and fantastically fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the decisions kids make as they play The Famous Five Adventure Game. Ask kids what each new piece of information means and how it helps them solve the mystery. Have them explain what the next logical steps are and why.
Find some of Enid Blyton's books about the famous five and read them together.
Encourage kids to practice their reading skills. Have them read the clues and text out loud to you as they play, and then read you their own detective's journey when they solve the mystery.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, logic, making conclusions
- Price: Paid
- Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
- Release date: June 7, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters
- Size: 520.40 MB
- Publisher: Kuato Games (UK) Limited
- Version: 1.0.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: February 3, 2020
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