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Prehistoric Mystery (iOs) Review

 
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Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
10
10/ 10


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2 total ratings

 

We liked?


Engaging and fun - and educational too.

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Your kids will want to play it again and again.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Slim Cricket brings an adorable new interactive storybook to iOs devices. Finding the perfect app for young kids is not an easy task. As a parent, you want it to be educational, fun, interactive – and worth every penny. Sadly, many children’s apps currently available fail at one or more of those criteria, leaving children […]

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Posted June 16, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Slim Cricket brings an adorable new interactive storybook to iOs devices.screen640x640

Finding the perfect app for young kids is not an easy task. As a parent, you want it to be educational, fun, interactive – and worth every penny. Sadly, many children’s apps currently available fail at one or more of those criteria, leaving children and parents disappointed. Finding a good one amidst the thousands of apps available can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Happily, we have just the app to keep your young gamers happy. Prehistoric Mystery from Slim Cricket is the perfect blend of book and game. As a storybook, it’s a colorful and engaging story that keeps readers guessing until the end. As the book begins, readers can choose whether to have the book read to them (in a soothing and animated voice), or to read it themselves. Whichever they choose, they’ll be treated to a delightful story about a young cave girl who must solve the mystery of who has been stealing from the constantly arguing tribes around them. Each page is alive with colorful illustrations that literally come to life with the story, instantly pulling young readers into the story.

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On its own, the story is enchanting. But when you add gaming aspects to it, you’ll get an app that will have kids happily reading and playing, all in one. Each page of the book fills the screen. On some pages, there may just be little ways to interact, like tapping on creatures to make them move or make sounds, while other pages are full on mini games. For instance, whenever the cave girl finds a clue, players must complete a task to help clear her mind. These include things like putting gears into place and clearing away cobwebs.

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Then, players get to complete a mini game to advance the story. The mini game are challenging enough for skilled young gamers, but there isn’t any true penalty for failure – and they all can be skipped over if the kids just want to move onto the next page. The games have a nice variety to them, including things like chasing after animals while jumping over obstacles, or tilting the screen to roll past caves. Through it all, the characters are quirky and confident, keeping kids engaged in the story. My kindergartner simply could not put it down, playing through the entire thing in a sitting, and then wanting to show it all to me once more.

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Prehistoric Mystery is a perfect blend of story time and game time, giving kids engaging and educational fun that parents can be happy to let them enjoy. From the downright adorable story line to the age appropriate games, it’s a perfect choice to pass the time on your next family road trip.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)