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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn to identity 100 species of birds and their habitats, and hone basic photography skills in this casually-paced bird watching sim. Players will need to follow directions carefully to take superb photos and satisfy specific criteria, such as "Photograph 3 red cardinals in flight." Kids can also create their own bird species. Snapshot Adventures encourages kids to develop their powers of observation as they travel around the country to take quality bird photos.
Kids help others by snapping photos of birds, and in turn the adults will provide clues about the missing grandfather.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snapshot Adventures: Secret of Bird Island is a game that is violence-free. It teaches kids about birds and their environments by having them solve a mystery that requires them to photograph birds using the computer mouse as the camera's shutter. The mystery involves a missing grandfather, which could be upsetting to kids who are close to their own grandparents. This is a game all family members will enjoy, regardless of whether they are bird lovers or not.
Is It Any Good?
This game is fun as well as being educational. It was developed in conjunction with the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the repository of the world's largest bird sound collection. The game features over 100 realistic-looking and -sounding birds found in 50 different locations, including forests, urban environments, deserts, swamps, oceans, and lakes. The characters you meet are entertaining, informative, and weave a good story. They discuss environmental issues that affect birds. The story requires you to think logically when planning a photo shoot.
Another great feature of this game is the user-generated content. After you finish an assignment and review the photos that you have taken, you can choose to send those photos to a friend via email. You can also create your own custom bird to release into the "wilds" of the Internet, and download fantasy birds created by other people to appear within your game.
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