A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that I Spy Castle offers kids a chance to explore a medieval castle and discover its secret history (which has to do with a king who once had a magic sword that called dragons to it). The experience consists mostly of hidden object puzzles, some of which can be quite challenging. But kids will need to use logic to figure out how to enter several locked areas. And a handful of mini-games will test their manual dexterity.
What's it about?
In I Spy Castle, an armored knight guides you through a mysterious old castle where dragons once lived. The dragons left when a wicked magician took the king's dragon sword. Now that you're exploring the castle, will you be able to find out what happened to that magic sword?
Is it any good?
I Spy Castle represents a nice mix of hidden object puzzles (which the I Spy series is famous for) and more traditionally "video-gamey" aspects. In each room of the castle, you'll uncover a mini-game, like archery or jousting, which adds a nice element of variety. You'll also collect certain objects along the way, and when you hit a locked door (which happens pretty frequently), you'll need to figure out which object to use to get past it. The blending of these different elements makes this a very entertaining adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about medieval history and use this game as a way to bring up real world history. Where in the world were there real castles? Who lived in them? What was life like back then?
Families can also discuss how games can make learning fun. Have you ever played a game that taught history before?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Science: physics
Language & Reading: vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, logic, solving puzzles
- Price: $19.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Scholastic
- Release date: October 25, 2011
- Genre: Edutainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: E
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