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VTech InnoTab Software - I Spy Adventure

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Rhyming seek-and-find clues create clever logic puzzles.

Game InnoTab 2 2014
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VTech InnoTab Software - I Spy Adventure is a refreshing change of pace from other VTech InnoTab cartridges, and it's great to see a puzzle-oriented game that isn't tied to consumer characters. The puzzles have a slow but steady progression in difficulty, perfect for kids who need that introduction to matching, grouping, and sorting. On the other hand, the inability to jump ahead to expert puzzles may turn off older kids quickly; it's tedious playing through super easy I Spy riddles that require little searching for kids on the high end of the age range. But their patience will be rewarded, as some of the most advanced puzzles require more than a quick glance from adults.

On higher levels, kids can earn power-ups to help solve puzzles, but if they use them up, they may be stranded without a solution. They won't be able to progress otherwise. Though not including a help option in most of the games will prevent impatient kids from giving in too easily, it also can lead to frustration if they truly can't find an answer. Thankfully, they can exit a level and restart it, thereby refreshing the power-up for use on a new hidden object. It's not an elegant solution, but it works. High marks to VTech for an engaging game that develops an important set of often overlooked skills while also reinforcing early literacy and number, letter, and color recognition. It's not perfect, but your kids might be fighting you for it nonetheless.

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