I Spy Mystery

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Series' visual puzzles wow savvy sleuths.

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What 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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Adult Written bylischim April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old March 13, 2013

Are you kidding me?

This is like for age 0 and up, not for 2 and up! Age 0 and up!
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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Scholastic
  • Release date: September 15, 2006
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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