Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation

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It would be a crime to miss this superb Web site.

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What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that each mystery takes a while to read through, research, and solve. The teacher's guide suggests that each can take up to an hour. Impatient kids who are just looking for arcade games should go elsewhere. Kids who like quizzes and trivia will be very happy interacting with this site.

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What's it about?

The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation (FFFBI) is an eclectic herd of animal agents fighting crime-loving crustaceans, bad gnus, and evil cyber-toothed tigers. Players assist the FFFBI in solving mystery missions such as \"I Left my Art in San Francisco.\" It's about thwarting some art thieves with your math, logic, and research abilities. Kids will need to know something about art history, but it's nothing a simple Google search won't turn up. Other missions include one each on finance, genetics, and ecology. The games section features trivia quizzes of various kinds, as well as something called \"Perp Walk.\" In this one, players investigate an unusual crime by interviewing suspects.

Is it any good?

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The site is hilarious. Parents will get all the word play and jokes (a Washington informant is known as "Deep Trout,") but kids will get enough of them to want to spend lots of time with the FFFBI. Judging by the correspondence from fourth and fifth graders (in Field Reports), the site is a hit.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes for good sleuthing. What steps do you need to take to unravel a mystery? How do you collect clues and identify suspects? How are detectives usually portrayed in the media? Do you think that's realistic?

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old November 24, 2010
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9
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The site is fun, but not for everyone.

There is virtually no inappropiate content, but it is limted to some very mild peril refrences. The reason I recomend this for 9 year olds is because anybody under 8 or 9 will not lioke the website's text-heavy games, but any kid who likes a mystery or challenge will enjoy. they will also like how the story can turn several ways, increasing replay of levels. Overall: 9+ iffy 5-8
Kid, 10 years old December 27, 2009
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What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2009
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8
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good for a while

I think this website was very good. The only issue was that there are only 7 games to play, and once you have played them, they are kind of boring to play again. I did really like the games though! 3 1/2 stars

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