Twisted Lands - Shadow Town Collector's Edition
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Twisted Lands – Shadow Town Collector's Edition is a spooky zombie-themed adventure game that is best suited for older kids. Players take on the role of Mark as he looks for his missing girlfriend on a haunted island. There are references to murders, suicides, insanity, and disappearances, and some of the objects players look through include grown-up items like cigarettes and liquor bottles. The app is free to download, but players must pay to unlock the full game. An HD iPad version is also available.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
Players take on the persona of Mark, exploring a haunted island in search of his missing girlfriend. The game combines hidden-object scenes, where players search for camouflaged objects, with adventure puzzles, in which players save objects in their inventory in order to solve puzzles. Players have a journal where clues are automatically collected, and they can refer to it when they find potentially useful objects. When players get stuck they can access unlimited hints; they can also enable an "easy" mode, which provides arrows to guide them.
Is it any good?
TWISTED LANDS – SHADOW TOWN COLLECTOR'S EDITION is an engrossing mystery that will have adventure gamers hooked from the first spooky scene to the unexpected conclusion. The expert graphics, chilling music, and mysterious plot make for an all-around entertaining game experience. The only weakness is in the pacing, which gets a bit slow at the end as players have to navigate back and forth through a dozen or more scenes to find objects that unlock the final puzzles. When players draw near the game's ending, the temptation to speed things up with hints is hard to resist, and makes the conclusion a bit less satisfying.
Overall, the game is tons of fun with superb design and a spine-chilling story. Though it's definitely too mature for young kids, Twisted Lands – Shadow Town Collector's Edition will keep teens and adults entertained for hours.
Families can talk about...
Play along, and encourage teens to think through the puzzles and solve them without using the hints or easy mode.
Model problem-solving strategies by thinking aloud.