I Spy Spooky Mansion for the Wii is a challenging game for young and old alike. A clever skeleton locks you inside a haunted mansion and you have to solve riddles to find the objects in each scene. Once completed the skeleton will give you a piece of the puzzle that will eventually let you out of the mansion.
I will play an occasional video game, but most of them stress me out. I do like puzzle type games though. This particular game had me determined to find every single object in the scene. Emma was frustrated with me because I wouldn’t leave one particular scene. I couldn’t! I still had to find a shell! First person games usually make me dizzy, but I really enjoyed this one.
Some of the main things I really liked are: it has a multiplayer feature (up to 4 players), the clues are read to you and not all of the hidden objects are easy to find. That being said, I wish that there was a “hint” button. It was frustrating enough for me, an adult. I liked the extra mini games within the scenes. Feeding the frog flies made Emma giggle. Overall, I would recommend this game for all ages. If you have particularly young children playing they would function best in multiplayer.
You can purchase I Spy Spooky Mansion for $24.40 (retail price $29.99)
I Spy Universe for the Nintendo DS is similar in the respect that you have to solve the clues to find the items in the scene. The setting is the I SPY cosmos and you have to search for and find objects located on 12 photo-realistic planets to reach and repower the sun. You unlock new planets and explore the universe by finding over 400 objects in 36 I SPY riddles and playing six brain-teasing games.
My 13 year old is the DS owner in this house. I asked him if he would take I SPY for a spin. After about 15 minutes he asked me if I would do it. Apparently he doesn’t like I SPY to begin with, oops! I am a newbie with a DS but I gave it a try. I liked that the clues were read to you and that you can re-open them to read them when needed. The hunt for the clues is a little more difficult. The DS screen is not very big, so the scene is zoomed in and you have to move it with the stylus. I grew to enjoy the game and even played in bed while my husband read on a few occasions. The mini games are definitely on a child’s level, but they weren’t so easy I couldn’t enjoy them. This game does have a hint button and I did use it several times.
You can purchase I Spy Universe for $19.99
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