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Truth and Tales - Kids Stories

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Folk tales look great, but interactive elements disappoint.

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Traveling through these magical worlds is a delight with enchanting music and lovely visuals, though the interactive elements are often confusing. Just as many folk tales do, these stories, supposedly based on "old eastern tales" certainly have some elements in them that showcase wisdom, bravery, valor, or problem-solving skills. But, the way the stories are told is sometimes a bit odd, and the educational claims are a bit of a stretch. And though some of the interactive elements are fun and cleverly use different tech capabilities (e.g., shaking the device, augmented reality), they're mostly few and far between. The more complicated activities include no indication of what kids are supposed to do and end up feeling somewhat random and quite confusing. This is especially so for The Prince's Journey where kids need to explore and interact to make the story advance, and if they don't understand the subtle guiding clues, they're pretty much stuck. Even though the stories overall are nice, given the high price tag and the developer's big promises, parents may find what they actually get to be a bit disappointing.

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