NatGeo: World of Secrets
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NatGeo: World of Secrets is a hidden-object game played on the Facebook social network. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money to speed it up and purchase extra power-ups. Facebook friends are required to unlock new areas, which might tempt players to friend strangers on Facebook. As with most Facebook games, World of Secrets can be addictive.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- work to achieve goals
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
Intrepid characters, a visually appealing Victorian theme, and fun locations to explore keep kids engaged, although they'll be exploring the same scenes many times over. There is also time pressure to complete the puzzles.
Kids learn interesting facts about the locations they explore. Items and locations are, for the most part, baked in to the story, which involves searching for missing explorers.
Help is never more than a click away. Kids can earn or purchase additional hints throughout the game and chart their progress through maps and leaderboards.
What's it about?
In NATGEO: WORLD OF SECRETS, players visit seven locations -- including Egypt, the Yucatan Peninsula, Alaska, and Great Britain -- to investigate the disappearance of the main character's father. They receive help from explorers of the National Geographic Society. Players search 27 hidden-object scenes for items, which are then combined to build artifacts to decorate a museum. There are more than 160 quests to complete, which involve exploring, interacting with characters, building, and decorating.
Is it any good?
World of Secrets offers hidden-object searches that are mostly on-message with the game's Victorian-era setting and explorer theme. For example, you might search an arctic scene for fur-lined boots, skis, and binoculars -- not just random junk. There's some effort to liven up the scenes with random events, such as storms and fog, which add extra layers of challenge (unless players buy their way out). Quests and leveling give the game focus and a clear sense of progress. Players are required to play the same scenes over and over again, however, which becomes repetitive after a while in spite of the game's efforts to shake things up with varied item lists and locations.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Facebook's privacy settings and why it's important not to give strangers full access to your Facebook profile, wall, and photos.
Discuss the interesting places you get to visit. Which one would you most want to visit in real life?