trademark I Spy riddles and lush images come alive in I Spy
CD-ROMs, and this latest release, I Spy Fantasy, is
jam-packed with things to do and to see. Fortunately, the game is
as rich in educational value as it is rich with visual
Kids go on a
search for "two grapes that are loose", a question mark,
a starry face, a jar full of eyes, a scroll that's rolled, and
other such goodies, in this exciting program that exercises
children's observation and problem-solving skills. From the main
screen, children choose one of three separate adventures: Deep
Blue Sea Adventure, Blast Off Adventure, or Sand Castle Adventure.
Each area contains different screens to explore and six riddle
screens such as the ones pictured above and below. After finding
all of the objects on any given riddle screen, kids earn an
important object. Depending on the adventure area, they receive a
page from a Mermaid's Book, a key to a dungeon, or a fuel crystal
for a Space Ship. When kids, for example, find all six pages of
the Mermaid's Book, they can then search for sunken
program is fantastic--it gets children thinking and solving
problems as they have fun. It is also a little exercise in
language arts. Although the hide-and-seek concept behind the
riddles seems simple enough, there are quite a few stumpers, even
the first time through (the second and third times through the
program contain different riddles and are progressively more
difficult!). Replay value is high because of the fact that there
are three levels to the game. Completing the game the first time
takes many hours for most kids. Most will find the game compelling
enough that it begs to be played on the second and third level.
Gorgeous screens, pleasingly stumping riddles, and rich replayable
content set I Spy Fantasy apart. Highly recommended!
Who is this
game for? The box reads ages 6-10. Many six year olds will find
the game a little too difficult to complete on their own. This
game is best for children ages 8-10, especially those who enjoy
solving riddles and problems.
was selected as one of the Best
Children's Software of 2003.
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- Gorgeous graphics.
- Three adventures, each
with sizable content and three different versions.
- Some kids might discover
that they can simply keep clicking on a screen in order
to find the hidden objects instead of using their