I used to love reading as a small child as much as I do now and The Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton were always a favourite of mine, so when we were recently asked if we’d like to review the recently launched Famous Five Adventure Game App based on her stories I agreed straight away. I thought that it would be the perfect way to introduce My Three to some of their mum’s childhood favourite stories. The app has been released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.
On first looks, the app is child-friendly and is designed to keep them entertained. You can choose between playing a quick or normal game – this is perfect for those who don’t / can’t stay focused on long tasks. I love that there is a Dyslexic function button where users can change the font so that it is easier read. You can also adjust the Dyslexic settings in the parental controls to add a coloured overlay to the screen.
Users can choose to play as either Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog as they attempt to solve mysteries. They can visit familiar locations from the original books and take part in mini-games and activities. Along the way, you will come across friendly and not-so-friendly characters and by using your reading and problem-solving skills you will soon discover who’s telling the truth and who’s got something to hide! Once you’ve solved the mystery, you can read back the story of your adventures in a storybook.
Within the app you will:
- Play as any of the Famous Five characters and explore Kirrin, including famous locations from the books.
- Come across Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin, along with other well-known characters.
- Reveal a mystery that only the Famous Five can help to solve!
- Search for clues in mini-games that are designed to test memory, problem-solving and logic skills.
- Speak to characters using a unique mood wheel, choosing the right way to ask questions in order to charm people into telling you what they know.
- Find possible culprits and use your reaction skills to spot if they have anything to hide.
- Find secret passages that will let you take short-cuts.
- Play as Timmy, always on the hunt for a clue – or a bone!
- Use all the clues and evidence collected to solve the mystery, just in time for tea!
I really like that this app contains no advertising and has no in-app purchases. I have found this to be a huge thing in most games I play and many that they boys love too. A few years ago we were caught out by a massive bill when Callum spent a small fortune buying “cash” in a game. Since then we have upped the security of our games/tablets so that the boys are unable to purchase anything unless they ask us to input the password.
Once your child has solved a mystery in The Famous Five, a storybook is generated from their play session for you to read together.
- Switch the game to use the industry-recognised OpenDyslexic font for increased legibility
- Choose the length of time your child plays the game
- Receive email notifications when your child has created a new story for you to read together
- Get help and advice about playing the game with your child
Although the game is aimed at children aged 7 and over and is designed to be played by one user at a time, it’s a fun game for younger players to play together with an older sibling or parent. Especially when you can read the complete story together afterwards.
This is one of many apps by creators Kuato, all their apps are designed to help your child improve their literacy skills and can all be found in the app store. The Famous Five App is priced at £2.99 and can be downloaded here.
We were also sent 3 of the newly released Enid Blyton books. I can’t wait to read them with the boys – although it looks like Nathan has already made a start on them on his own.
*We were paid to review this app but this has no bearing on the outcome of the review – all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*