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ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast

ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast



Gumshoes set sail on a wacky ship to help solve mysteries and puzzles in this tap-to-explore adventure game that features great cartoon animation.
The Bottom Line
Well-done mystery adventure game that is filled with puzzles, zany characters, and lots of reading.

Adventure Game aboard a Wacky Ship

Ahoy, Matey! In ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast, kids join the crew of Captain Fred's seafaring vessel, the Barnacle. With Amanda, the Captain's daughter, and Otto, a mischievous baby Octopus, players solve mysteries and puzzles aboard this zany ship.

This is a free-to-try app where Chapter 1 is free, and chapter 2 unlocks with an in-app purchase of $1.99.

How to Play

You control Amanda and Otto by moving your finger to where you want them to go. There are five different locations to explore on the ship, including the Bridge, Lab, Rec Room, Engine Room, and the Galley. In each, there are characters to talk to, items to collect, and puzzles to solve. For example, in the Engine Room, kids will meet Deezil, a monster that acts as the ship's engine. Deezil is overheating because someone has taken three pieces from the ship's cooling system. Can you find the missing pieces and solve the pipe puzzle in time?

Kids earn stars for each puzzle solved, hidden creature discovered, and secret item found. The stars unlock new outfits for both Amanda and Otto. Some of the puzzles can be played separately and offer multiple levels of difficulty.

Why This Game's Fun for kids

This tap-to-explore adventure combines cartoon animation with puzzles. Players choose which of the wacky characters they want to talk with to move the story forward; and they have options as to how they respond. The talking takes the form of reading dialogue bubbles, so kids need to be able to read to play. Things like swabbing the deck and fixing the pipe system are turned into puzzle games.

ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast gets kids reading as they play.

Troublesome Connection to Game Center

Unfortunately, ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast connects to Game Center and uses its Leaderboards feature. Leaderboards allow kids to send new friend requests by emailing strangers listed on that board. Likewise, they can "Share" their Achievements via social media, including email, Twitter, Facebook, or Messaging. We hope StoryToys Entertainment reconsiders using Game Center for this kid-focused game.

Best For

ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast is an adventure game that has an old-school vibe, makeing us think of the award-winning Humongous games that included Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt, and Spy Fox. This mystery game is great fun for all gumshoes; and it works well with reluctant readers, because it motivates them to read in order to play.

This ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.

All tech products are judged on a five star scale by looking at the following factors: fun, education, ease of use, value, and technical.

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ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast
Released: 8/8/2014
Company: StoryToys Entertainment Limited
Price: FREE
Platforms: Android
iPod Touch
Available: Apple App Store
Google Play

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