Adventures in Odyssey and the Treasure of the Incas

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Christian software promotes character values.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

All the main characters are white

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an exciting, wholesome mystery game from Digital Praise, a Christian entertainment company. Parents need to know that the game does not contain direct references to God, but the "Extra Features" section does. Digital Praise promotes itself as seeking "to glorify God" and "spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ" through its software titles. If you're not comfortable with religious content in bonus features, this software is not for you.

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Kids say

What's it about?

ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY AND THE TREASURE OF THE INCAS involves helping teenagers Eugene and Connie and their employer, Mr. Whittaker (\"Whit\"), solve a mystery about a map to the lost treasure of the Incas. While solving the mystery, Eugene must deal with uncomplimentary rumors about his parents, two famous archeologists who disappeared when he was 7 years old.

Players help solve the mystery by making decisions for the investigatory trio. There are eight innovative logic puzzles woven into the storyline. Kids decode journals, create inventions, and solve a puzzle by placing prisms in a manner that will refract a light beam so that it can open four doors. These logic puzzles automatically adjust in difficulty as the player proceeds, and kids can practice the puzzles separately from playing the mystery game.

Is it any good?

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This is an exciting, excellent mystery game from Digital Praise, a Christian entertainment company. The game does not contain direct references to God, but focuses on educational activities and a storyline that reinforces "character values" such as trust and helping others.

However, parents should know that Digital Praise promotes itself as seeking "to glorify God" and "spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ" through its software titles. This is apparent in the game's "Extra Features" section, where kids can listen to an audio episode titled "The Cross of Cortez!" from the Christian radio series "Adventures in Odyssey" (which features the same characters found in the software). That audio episode does mention the influence of God and Jesus in a manner appropriate for Christian believers. If you're uncomfortable with the religious undertones and bonus content, you should skip this one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how rumors can be hurtful. They might also talk about how people helped or hurt Eugene.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$30
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Digital Praise
Release date:June 3, 2005
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for (Mac, Windows)

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Adult Written byLowe's man March 13, 2015
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First find out about James Dobson.

Younger children shouldn't be exposed to this. Older teenagers should only be allowed to watch the videos, read the books and comic books and play the games if they're first told about James Dobson, who founded Focus on the Family (the company that produces the Odyssey series) and ran it until 2010. Dobson thinks that women should stay home. If a woman wants to work, that's fine. If she wants to stay home, that's fine too. But here's the inconsistency; even though Dobson thinks that women should stay home, he's favors policies that make it very difficult if not impossible for some women to even think of staying home. For example, he's against making minimum wage a living wage or even closer to it. Last time it was enough to live on was when Jimmy Carter was President. Ronald Reagan refused to raise minimum wage. Dobson supported Reagan, even though Reagan supported supply-side economics (which I call antifamily economics). In fact, Reagan and Dobson both supported supply-side economics. As for why the Republicans refuse to raise minimum wage, we can thank Ronald Reagan for that. Reagan, at least from my perspective, was bigoted toward low wage workers, while Dobson lacked empathy for them.
Kid, 7 years old November 11, 2008
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Adventures in Odyssey and the Treasure of the Incas

I think it is fun.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adventures in Odyssey Rocks!

They have more than just the Odyssey games, but tapes too. I've listened to them since I was little and I love them! A must buy for young children in Christian homes.

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