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Secret Agent U

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Kids learn computer literacy with engaging spy game.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn deduction, logic, and problem solving by playing technology-themed mini-games in this spy adventure. Kids also will learn computer literacy, as the game encourages further discussion of these issues with parents. Secret Agent U is an engaging collection of puzzles with plenty of relevance to real-world technologies.

Positive messages

Kids apprehend cyber villains for offenses such as online copyright infringement and cyberbullying.

Positive role models

Players are guided through the game by other agents, who are encouraging and supportive of players' efforts to apprehend criminals.

Ease of play

There are five levels of difficulty ("clearance levels"), which players unlock as they progress through the game. Difficulty ramps up as players get used to the various tools used in investigations, but some kids may be confused by some concepts or gear used, so expect requests for help.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Secret Agent U is a collection of mini-games that teaches computer literacy and problem solving to kids ages 4 to 7. Players will take on the role of agents tasked with tracking down cybervillains and criminals as they engage in bullying, copyright infringement, and other crimes. There's no objectionable material in the game, and players face five levels of difficulty to test their skills.

What's it about?

SECRET AGENT U immerses kids in the world of high-tech espionage as they help apprehend criminals while learning about computers, hardware, and cyberspace. Kids complete computer-themed mini-games such as drawing lines to connect video conference participants, sorting files onto flash drives based on type (image, audio, or text), guiding a spy bot through various security obstacles, and organizing computer peripherals based on function. Over the course of each mission, kids will gain a larger appreciation for technology and the methods used to battle cyber threats, while playing fun puzzle games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Secret Agent U's tech- and gadget-based puzzles not only provide a primer on the basics of computer hardware and the Internet, but they also serve as a wonderful jumping-off point for discussions on all kinds of important topics, from online privacy and copyright laws to cyber crime and cyberbullying. Plus, the five difficulty (or "clearance") levels will keep players engaged for quite some time. This well-produced game should appeal to spy fans as well as kids who are just looking for a fun collection of puzzles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the technology featured in Secret Agent U, such as speakers, audio files, and flash drives. How do these items work? What's the best way to use the gear shown in the game? Can you think of ways they can be abused?

  • Talk about why it's important for kids to protect their identities online. What hazards can kids run into online? Also check out our tips on online safety.

Game details

Platforms:LeapFrog games
Subjects:Language & Reading: vocabulary
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, logic, problem solving
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Price:$10
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:September 5, 2013
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:NR

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