Coming to Nintendo DS on October 25th is I Spy Castle, a new game from Scholastic Media. We had the chance to preview the game and are happy to say it’s full of challenges, fun riddles and plenty to keep your gamer occupied.
In I SPY Castle, fans uncover the fantastical story of an intriguing castle while playing 36 I SPY riddles set against 12 photo realistic and visually stunning castle scenes. 12 mini-games are hidden among the riddles and three logic puzzles unlock additional new rooms of the castle. Players can collect objects to solve puzzles, unlock rooms and complete riddles, and hint features assist players in finding the most challenging objects.
What I like about I Spy Castle:
I have loved I Spy books and games since I was a kid. There is something about sitting down with a list of objects to find. It’s like your own personal scavenger hunt. The I Spy franchise isn’t just fun, but educational. When you can combine entertainment, technology and education all together into one – it’s a win-win for parents and kids. The I Spy Castle video game for the Nintendo DS is definitely a win-win.
The game is challenging. Our 7 year old tested it out and had to use the hint feature to help find some of the objects. Okay, I’ll admit it. I also had to use the hint feature a couple of times. They hide things well! Aaron enjoyed exploring the castle, as well as playing the mini-games. He still has yet to play all 36 riddles or all 12 mini-games. It’s not a play it once type of game by any means. As a parent, I despise purchasing a video game only to discover it took them an hour to master. Now that is frustrating!
Another feature of the game he enjoyed was collecting the inventory of objects. The fun thing about collecting these objects is that you actually get to use them to help solve puzzles and unlock other games.
And of course, there’s an added coolness factor since it’s all about castles and knights, jewels and shields and all that good stuff you find in a castle.
We love this game and are glad to add it to our video game collection.
Note: You may need to help your younger child a little at first to understand the game fully. It does do a good job of explaining it, but there were a couple of parts Aaron needed help with.
Extras: No extras to buy. Just plug it into your DS and have a blast!
Ages: E for Everyone, I would recommend it for 5 and up
Disclaimer: ToyXplosion received product to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.