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 Spooky Mansion for the Wii is a completely different game from the PC and mobile app games that go by the same title. It is a smart and fun game that uses mildly scary moments to add extra thrills and an appealingly spooky atmosphere for kids. Children who are especially sensitive to haunted-house-type imagery and noises could be genuinely frightened, though. Know your child's taste before letting them play.
What's it about?
In this new Wii version of I SPY SPOOKY MANSION, you (and up to three friends) are invited by Skelly the skeleton into her dark and eerie house. As soon as you're inside, though, she locks the door behind you and tells you you'll need to solve her series of riddles if you want to find the way out. As you explore rooms of the mansion, you'll encounter hidden object challenges -- each of which contains within it, several smaller mini-puzzles that can range from spinning plates to following cooking directions -- and you'll earn a piece of a clue that will eventually lead you to the exit.
Is it any good?
I Spy Spooky Mansion is outlandishly good. While it still follows the same basic hidden-object formula of the other I Spy games, it also throws in a slew of new features that make excellent use of the Wii's capabilities. There are motion-gaming moments where you may have to turn a crank or swing a net to catch bugs; and at other points, you have to aim a flashlight into the darkness. Simply exploring the mansion can be loads of fun, as there are tons of spooky little surprises to come across, like doors that rattle, stuffed animals that suddenly turn their heads, or mysterious footsteps heard nearby. The creepy atmosphere is played to the hilt, but all in the name of fun. The game plays tricks on you as well, repeatedly making you think you're about to make your escape, only to throw a twist at you at the last minute and send you on more riddle quests. This game is great, spooky, witty fun that can be enjoyed by a whole family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the spooky content of this family game. What is the difference between spooky and violent? Why do people like being scared sometimes? How can we tell when something is too scary?
Can puzzle games that work your brain be just as much fun as action games? What do you like about puzzle games?
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