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I SPY Riddle Race

I SPY Riddle Race

Spring 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Developer: Scholastic Media
Download Price: $0.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch
Review:

I Spy Riddle Race is designed to be an interactive version of the book and board game series where children search through complex, detailed photographs to identify objects. The app does a good job replicating the original format and by taking advantage of the pan/zoom features on the iPhone, children can really dive in for a closer look.

In this version players must race to find all of the objects listed on a scene before moving to the next one. The items are announced aloud when the scene opens, but remain written in text at the bottom of the screen for reference. For early readers, they can click on the words to have them read aloud again. As the objects are located, they change color in the text so that you can keep track of what you have found. The only area that we found frustrating was when you needed to find multiple numbers of the same item. For example, you may need to find 5 red buttons but the program doesn't highlight the buttons you have already found.

The game was certainly challenging for both kids and adults. Although the scenes stay the same, the objects you are searching for change each time which offers almost endless amounts of play. Of course, as you become familiar with a scene, you begin to recognize where certain objects are, making it a little less challenging with continued play. Overall, it is an entertaining game for car rides or waiting rooms and a fun way for kids and adults to pass the time together.

Jessica Hensley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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