A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
If this game has a message, it is one about being curious and using your brain to figure things out.
Positive Role Models
There are no characters to be role models, but the game itself inspires curiosity and demands logical thinking.
Ease of Play
The puzzles range from very easy to very challenging. One benefit for younger players: You are allowed unlimited mistakes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animal Color Cross, a downloadable DSiWare game, is like a simpler version of the popular Picross 3-D. This is a puzzle game played out on a grid where kids follow rules to fill in the grid and solve the puzzle. Kids who like the concept behind Picross 3-D, but find the game too challenging should have a far easier time with Animal Color Cross.
Is It Any Good?
Animal Color Cross is a fun brainteaser of a puzzle game, a bit more challenging (and more interesting) than the original Picross, but not nearly as mind-melting as Picross 3-D. Solving these puzzles offers a decent mental workout, but shouldn't cause too much frustration. The biggest flaw in the game is that some of the puzzles, even once you've solved them, will still remain a mystery. Several of the animal pictures are so vague, you'll have a hard time telling what creatures they're supposed to be. So, while the art's not always great, the game is still fun.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.