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Snapshot Adventures: Secret of Bird Island

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

An intriguing mystery facilitates in-depth bird watching

Game Windows 2007
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Simply the BEST

This is TRULY a game in which children, teens, and...well--ANYONE could play. Many of today's games (I'm a fan of the Android games, as I don't find myself glued to a desktop, nor even a laptop computer any longer. Today's games can be used simply for keeping some of the older folks focused, involved, and generally "working out that muscle that keeps Alzheimer's at bay ". That being said, I'd love to ask the developer's of this wonderful work of art to PLEASE consider...and then consider again--making an Android version of this educationally necessary and just downright entertaining game. I have considered this an educational tool for ANYONE interested in identifying the types and names of different birds. Anyone interested in the hobby of photography would also enjoy this type of game. My personal opinion is that if we are bringing computers into all of our schools, why not make something like this a class of one's choosing? Since I stopped playing this game, I will admit--my mental health has decreased. I speak of course about dementia related disease. I will stop now, as I am beginning to ramble. Most Sincerely, Nyk Kelly

Is It Any Good?

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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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