As with all “I Spy” software and books, this program is about solving visual riddles—kids look at crowded pictures to find camouflaged surprises. At the bottom of each screen is a rhyming riddle that tells children what to search for in the picture. As children succeed at finding the objects, the riddle words change color to reflect their being found.
This software opens to a child’s room where clicking on the aquarium leads to an underwater adventure, on the sand toys to an adventure in a medieval castle, and on the rocket ship to an adventure in outer space.
Kids find the puzzles by moving their cursor over the landscapes until they find something that animates. Some are set in unusual places, including a dark cave where the cursor becomes a flashlight.
I Spy Fantasy offers lots of replayability because the three adventures can be worked through on three levels of difficulty.
In solving the 54 puzzles, children expand their vocabularies. The nature of these puzzles encourages cooperative play.
We tested this software on several different computers and had trouble loading it on one; but Scholastic’s technical support was good at resolving our problem.
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