Treasure Seekers 2: The Enchanted Canvases HD

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Tricky hidden object adventure game with minor violence.

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age 6+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn problem solving, work on following multistep instructions, and improve reading skills on their treasure-seeking adventure with Nelly. Many of the tasks require following multiple steps and finding multiple objects. When Nelly has to retrieve a flower from the top of a tower, she has to water the flower first to make it grow and needs to retrieve a watering can to do so and then needs to get a tool to turn on the water faucet, too. The app offers two levels of play: casual mode, which is designed to be "relaxing and easy play," and advanced mode, which is "meant to be a challenge." In casual mode, hints are offered more freely and kids can skip puzzles. It’s a fun, visually delightful hidden-object adventure that puzzle-loving kids will enjoy solving.

Ease of Play

There are two difficulty levels and an in-game hint system for those who are stuck.

Violence

In one scene you'll see a young girl who is tied to a rock and who was bitten by a werewolf; in another a character is in an electric chair. There are no scenes depicting actual violence.

Sex
Language

The game contains an item called a "Hell's eye."

Consumerism

A link for another Treasure Seekers game takes you to the App Store; a tab takes you to a list of other G5 games, also with links to the App Store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some references to violence in Treasure Seekers 2: The Enchanted Canvases. In one scene, you come across a girl chained to a rock who was bitten by a werewolf, while elsewhere in the game you'll come across your brother Tom sitting in an electric chair, an imprisoned genie, and a ghost pirate. Overall, the game should be suitable for older kids and teens; the mystery of the search for Tom may be a little intense for younger or sensitive kids. The game is for kids who are strong readers, as the instructions necessary for each step are written. A non-HD version is available for the iPhone and iPod touch; the HD version is iPad only. 

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Parent Written byizzysmum February 4, 2011

Fun to play TOGETHER!

I love this game for myself, but also found that these HD games are great to play WITH my son. He and I sit with the ipad and play the "finding games.... Continue reading

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What's it about?

On this adventure, kids take on the role of Nelly as she searches for her brother, Tom, who needs her help to find the philosopher's stone. Kids will read bits of the story and get instructions five different locations of the adventure, finding objects, solving puzzles, and completing tasks needed to get them closer to Tom and the treasure. Treasure Seekers 2 takes place over 50 hand-drawn scenes, such as one early in the game where you'll repair a torn magic carpet to fly to the top of a tower. This first requires you to find a needle and thread, and combine them with five patches of material draped throughout a room. The game also houses 24 different mini-games.

Is it any good?

TREASURE SEEKERS 2: THE ENCHANTED CANVASES HD is a puzzler that's one part hidden-object game, challenging you to find well-hidden objects in busy environments (think Where's Waldo or I Spy), and one part adventure game, where you must use items in your inventory to solve the task at hand; it's a mobile version of a PC game. The story surrounds Nelly, a young adult who vows to save her younger brother Tom, imprisoned in a mysterious Romanian castle. While fun, the adventure is on the short side, as the entire tale could be solved in a couple of hours -- not to mention there's little replayability as the items are in the same spot every time you play. But adventure seekers with a yen for fantasy storytelling should enjoy curling up with this game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about patience. Most hidden-object activities require a lot of patience -- when is it a good time to take a break if you get frustrated? 

  • Set up a treasure hunt in your own house; create clues on slips of paper and watch your kids hunt for fun treats (or just hidden household objects)!

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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