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Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods

Simple puzzle game teaches spatial reasoning.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn logic and spatial reasoning by rotating curved, straight, and cross-shaped sections of the forest trail to create a connected pathway for Scaredy Cat to follow. Kids learn perseverance as they experiment with different layouts to find the correct route. Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods is a simple puzzle game that reinforces its core concepts well.

Positive messages

Players safely guide a lost cat to its destination, which encourages empathy and being helpful.

Positive role models

There are no role models in this game, just a cat trying to get home.

Ease of play

There is a tutorial mode that explains how to play, in addition to the main mode. Levels gradually become more challenging as kids progress.

Violence & scariness

There's no violence in Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods; the spooky woods of the title refers to the fear the cat feels at being lost in the woods.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods is a path-building puzzle game where players help a cat get home. Kids as young as three can participate with guidance from parents, while the ideal age range is 4-7. While the title of the game mentions spooky woods, the content in the game won't scare kids, so parents can feel safe about this puzzler.

What's it about?

Players guide a lost cat through the Spooky Woods by tapping sections of the forest path that have been scrambled in order to rotate them into the correct position so that the cat can follow the route back to its house. Players rotate the pieces first to create the path, then tap on the cat to send it on its way. The trail becomes more complex, jumbled, and challenging as players progress through the game's 30 levels.

Is it any good?


SCAREDY CAT IN THE SPOOKY WOODS has basic production values and a very simple concept, but it offers value as an educational tool that helps kids learn logic and spatial reasoning. Kids as young as three should be able to tackle the easier levels with help, and the difficulty curve is such that kids will progress at a steady pace. Levels do become harder over time, and some kids may need their parents to help them figure out certain puzzles, but Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods does a strong job of entertaining kids with its logical brainteasers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about recreating similar puzzles from Scaredy Cat in the Spooky Woods. What is easier to create pathways and puzzles with: LEGO blocks, wooden train tracks, or other building toys?

  • Talk about real-life roads and how they follow different lines and curves. Is it easy to get lost if you follow the path a road takes, or should you always be able to find your way to your destination?

Game details

Platforms:LeapFrog games
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Available online
Release date:February 5, 2013
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
ESRB rating:NR

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