Meet Me at Midnight

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Fascinating game teaches kids about art.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

A good educational mystery

It was an intresting game but a little bit creepy. It had the regular mystery charm (wanting to go on further until it's over). You help one of three art c... Continue reading

What's it about?

During a school field trip visit, the Smithsonian American Art Museum seems like a fairly quiet place -- until odd things start happening. There's that disturbing sculpture, the "Root Monster." It has three heads! Then some of the artworks start winking at you, and, finally, there's a mysterious note imploring you to come back at midnight! Of course you just have to go back. Finding the door open, you creep inside. That pesky Root Monster is there waiting for you with a treasure chest. In it, you find three different things that have been stolen from artworks around the museum. To return them to their rightful places you'll have to learn something about art terms, concepts, and media.

Is it any good?

Prepare to solve many puzzles. As you travel around the museum, a mysterious guide appears from time to time to offer help. The game is presented in a linear format, like a graphic novel come to life. Each segment takes quite a while to play. Once you win a code word, you can quit and return to that point in the game later.

If you want to skip the long exposition sequences, cut to the chase by clicking on the "Parents and Educators Guide" and then choose the "Links to Learning Elements" menu item. It gives you an overall index so you can jump around to the games, skipping all the walking around -- if you choose.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the types of art and media used and visit a local museum to see the same types of techniques discussed on the site.

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  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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