I Spy Mystery



Series' visual puzzles wow savvy sleuths.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that not all of the 56 included puzzles are new. Some are recycled from earlier I Spy software titles. So if your family has played any of the older titles, you'll recognize some of the pictures. But this software contains plenty of new content. and all of the mysteries are new, so kids will find lots to do.

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What's it about?

The ninth title in Scholastic's popular I Spy software series, I SPY MYSTERY has kids solve visual puzzles to obtain clues to 13 different mysteries. This software contains 56 I Spy puzzles that challenge kids to find objects hidden in a crowded photorealistic picture; accompanying each picture is a riddle that, when solved, lists the objects to find.

Is it any good?


Most of the 56 puzzles found in I Spy Mystery are recycled from earlier CD-ROMs, including I Spy Treasure Hunt (2001), I Spy Spooky Mansion (2004), and others. This can be disappointing to children anticipating all-new content. But since the recycled puzzles are combined with new puzzles to form mysteries that have additional components, even kids who've played the previous titles will find something new to explore here.

Families who are new to this series will find lots to like. The mystery format provides great motivation to solve each I Spy puzzle within a mystery folder. The pictures used as puzzles are intricate and fascinating, and solving them requires thinking and problem-solving skills. Parents might want to play with children under age 6 because some of the riddles are very clever, and finding the objects can be challenging.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which of the 56 puzzles they like best. Same goes for the mysteries -- which ones were the most exciting to solve? Parents might lead a discussion about magnification and how there are things that exist that we can't see with the naked eye.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Release date:September 15, 2006
ESRB rating:E for (Mac, Windows)

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Adult Written bylischim April 9, 2008
Kid, 6 years old April 9, 2008

My eyes poped out of my head !

This is a great game for puzzle solvers. I love it!!!
Kid, 10 years old April 14, 2009

mystery review

i spy is the most amazing thing in the world! you cant get bored with it no matter how old you are. it is outstanding and i bet everyone likes it.


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