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I Spy Treasure Hunt (Retail Box)
Platform: Macintosh, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
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Editorial Reviews: Review
Pirate's plunder rewards players who discover all of the hidden objects and decipher the riddles in I Spy Treasure Hunt. But there's also a bounty of booty on the path to that treasure as players discover this captivating world where closer inspection invariably reveals a new surprise.

This program is based on the award-winning I Spy books written by Jean Marzollo and photo-illustrated by Walter Wick. From the very beginning, this program immerses players, just as the books do: as a train pulls into the station in the town of Smuggler's Cove, the point-of-view is from inside the passenger car, looking out the window. Once off the train, this quaint seaside town with a secret is yours to explore. Potential riddle spots reveal themselves when a cursor sweep causes an object to respond with movement and sound. A tackle box, a deserted ruin, and a lighthouse are just a few of the 20 spots ripe for discovery. Scenes change swiftly, considering the vast amount of detail each contains. When explorers find a riddle area, a cluttered panorama appears onscreen and a child's voice reads the sentence below that always begins with the phrase "I spy...." Then players must find and click on the objects listed in the sentence. This isn't as easy as it seems; for example, finding three "fours" sounds simple, right? But the task gets complex when one numeral is hidden in the grain of a wooden tabletop, the other is written out in letters on a menu, and the third is a pair of dice showing a three and a one.

Successfully finding all the "I Spy" items in a scene yields a scrap of a treasure map. But building the map doesn't automatically reveal the treasure--that'd be out of keeping with this game's complex character. There are three different treasure-hunting scenarios, and each requires gathering a completely different set of clues around the town of Smuggler's Cove. The attention to detail that the books are famous for is abundantly present here: sound permeates the different "sets," from waves breaking on the shore, to the slow tick of a clock in the general store. Find and click on a skull-and-crossbones--it scowls and growls. Find and click on an oil lamp--it flares up briefly and then goes out with a delicate puff of smoke. And no, you can't cheat by just holding down the mouse button and scanning over a picture hoping to hit a required item. I Spy Treasure Hunt is a wonderfully absorbing program that slyly sneaks in a vast amount of learning. Mapping, reading, rhyming, and problem solving occur incidentally as players are drawn into the mysteries of Smuggler's Cove. And it's the only program we've ever encountered that elegantly illustrates that "four" and "4" and "." + "..." all equal the same thing. (Ages 6 to 10) --Anne Erickson Product Description
Embark on an adventure to Smuggler's Cove, a community bursting with pirate history, elusive clues, and hidden treasures, while building essential skills. Solving I Spy riddles reveals pieces of three mysterious treasure maps. Once assembled, the maps lead players on a hunt to discover treasure left behind by legendary pirates.

Explore the town, search out hidden treasures, and solve riddles at unique locations throughout Smuggler's Cove. Visit the ice cream shop, an abandoned fort, a deserted island, and more. Carefully search Shipwreck Shore to solve the riddle and earn another map piece. The words highlight as each object is found. Once all of the map pieces are assembled, kids can play a pirate map game. Use critical thinking skills to follow the clues on a search for the treasures.

Product Details
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 49 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 35

Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

3Also had sound problems, Sep 21, 2023
Loved the game, but ours also had a sound problem. The sentances would cut off. That's a problem if your child cannot read the clues at the bottom.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

1Be aware - This program will not run on Macintosh OS X, Sep 18, 2023
I purchased this product because the system requirements stated it ran on OS X. Once I went to load it, I found out that you must have Classic 9 installed on your computer to run the game. If you don't have Classic 9, the game will not run. OS X users should save their money!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

2Sound problems, Aug 27, 2023
My son loves I Spy Fantasy and Haunted House. We were very excited about Treasure Hunt. But much to our dismay, the program has a sound problem. The voice over cuts off before the end of the sentence or discription. Fortunately, my son already had experience with the other programs so he wasn't totally frustrated.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5time well spent, Aug 15, 2023
I first downloaded I Spy Game for my grandson, and we just loved it but then the time ran out and he was very sad, so I went looking for one that I could buy and play any time that we wanted and we found this one and it is great, you can spend time together learning and finding wonderful things in so many different rooms. The time goes by so fast because you are having a wonderful time playing this game. I highly recommend this for all ages.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5A very good choice for children and parents, Jul 28, 2023
My grandchildren enjoy the I Spy collection of cd-rom's.
They are very well done in all aspects. I recommend them to any parent or grandparents interested in development of skills for the children. Besides to play together with them is fun.


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