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Living Classics

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Fun puzzle game for young kids; too bad it's on Facebook.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to improve their observational skills and their reaction time. They can also get a mini-lesson on empathy when they are rewarded for helping friends. And there's a bit of math involved with the earning and spending of in-game coins (not to mention the possibility of spending real-world money). Living Classics' unique variation on hidden-object puzzles challenges kids to use keen observation.

Positive messages

The game encourages players to help others. It rewards you for spending some of your prizes and earnings to aid a friend in his or her game.

Positive role models

The characters here are a family of foxes who get lost in various storybooks and need to be found. They're friendly and harmless, possess a poor sense of direction, and can be lured out of hiding with the promise of a cookie.

Ease of play

Very easy to pick up and play, with little needed in the way of a tutorial.

Violence

Aside from the images of pirates and cowboys, there's nothing violent.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

If you put in the time and effort, you can play this game entirely for free. But like so many online games these days, this one tempts you to spend real cash in order to make speedier progress. In order to unlock new scenes, you spend the coins you earn while playing -- however you can also buy piles of "coins" for anywhere from $1 to $100.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Living Classics is a Facebook exclusive storybook-based puzzle game, in which players must study an illustration and click on the objects that are subtly moving. It's a game that will appeal to kids as young as five -- and would be perfectly fine for kids that age to play under supervision -- but since it's a Facebook game, it's technically for players 13 and over. The two potential issues for parents to take note of are the "friending" of other players and the spending of real money (which can only be done if you've assigned a credit card number to your Facebook account).

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What's it about?

LIVING CLASSICS is a new twist on the popular \"hidden object\" game genre -- it's a \"moving object\" game. You open one of several storybooks (only two of which, \"Alice in Wonderland\" and \"Wizard of Oz,\" are based on real books -- the rest are generic fantasy settings, like \"pirates\" and \"wild west\") and study the colorful, lively illustrations for items that are moving ever-so-subtly. Find them all in time and you win. But you're also out to find a family of missing foxes that are lost in the books. Those foxes don't always appear, though; to lure them out, you'll need to spend coins on cookies for them, thereby increasing the probability that they'll pop out during your hunt.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Fans of I Spy-style hidden object games should love the animated twist that Living Classics provides. It's a fun and very attractive game, which is unfortunately targeted at an entirely wrong age group. It's existence as a Facebook game is puzzling. Young kids who would delight in it are technically not allowed to play it, while the teens and adults who have access to it are likely to think its cartoony fairy-tale nature is too babyish. It's true that there is a social aspect, but the "feed your friends' foxes" part feels superfluous, tacked on solely to make it fit better on Facebook. In the long run, Living Classics is a very good game that's on a very wrong platform.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about internet safety. Why can it be dangerous to befriend strangers on Facebook if you won't need to interact with them during the game?

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases in games.  Do you want to spend real cash through in-app purchases?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Subjects:Math: money
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, decision-making, thinking critically
Emotional Development: empathy
Collaboration: teamwork
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Amazon Game Studios
Release date:August 6, 2012
Genre:Puzzle
Topics:Fairy tales
ESRB rating:NR

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