Jack Stalwart: Passport to Adventure is a world travel-themed interactive adventure for kids based on a wildly popular series of books.
(they are especially wonderful for reluctant readers, here’s a link to the author’s Amazon page.)
Anyway. Eight ancient artifacts have been stolen around the world, and your kids must recover them using only their wits and fingertips (and picking up a bit of geography, history, and culture along the way).
There are puzzles to be assembled, scrambled words to be decoded, hidden pictures to be found… and much more.
Why we love it:
In-country contacts? Secret missions? Travel to Australia, Thailand, and Brazil? What’s not to love?!
In the spirit of full disclosure, however, I have to admit that being called “Secret Agent Mommy” (a moniker I chose for myself during set up) was my favorite part of this app — I just never got sick of that.
Overall, the app has very high production value, with great background sounds, images, and activities.
Watch out for:
There is a link to the iTunes store to buy the author’s ebooks and audio books (these are not technically in-app purchases, so they can’t be turned off. Explain this to your kids). Also, while this is a great app, it will work for a somewhat narrow age range, say 6-9 (my 11-year-old liked it, but finished it very easily).
If you haven’t yet upgraded to iOS 6.0, you’re going to have to in order to download this app.