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Mayan Mysteries

Mayan Mysteries

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
Developer: Fablevision
Download Price: $10.99
Platform: iPad

Mayan Mysteries is a beautifully designed app, with loads of educational content. There are maps, quizzes, a race to escape looters, an adventure and mystery, all of which combines to make the content engaging. The colors, art and music, too, all help to set a great scene. The informative screens on Mayan history and culture are presented in small bits that are interesting and easy to grasp, followed immediately by short quizzes which aid in comprehension.

An exciting plot drives Mayan Mysteries. Someone has been looting ancient Mayan artifacts, and players have to go through a number of puzzles, quizzes and clues to find out who it is. In the process, there are educational side trips through different parts of Central America and Mayan culture. As a game, the app plays like a role-playing game (RPG) with open-ended options for exploration. Parents appreciated this challenge, though kid testers wished there had been clearer indications of their progress and options to return to parts they had already explored.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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