The Incredible Adventures of the Food Detective is a fun learning game. The game emphasizes on the importance of healthy eating habits for youngster. In this game, you play the role of a junior detective. Your objective is to investigate unhealthy habits in young boys and girls and suggest healthy food to each of them.
You need to simply click on the mouse button to play this game. There is nothing challenging about the game. This is a guided game, where you are told at every instant what you need to do. Yet you never get bored because you know the objective of the game is to convey an important message and not to challenge you.
When you start with the game, you get to choose the girl or boy whose case you would like to investigate. For example I chose to investigate the case of a girl called Althea, who skips breakfast.
All that I had to do is click on the clock to indicate to Althea that it is breakfast time and click on a healthy food like cereals or banana for her to eat.
When I succeed in making Althea eat a healthy breakfast, the case gets closed.
You get similar other cases to solve in this game. Each case is unique. The problem is specified at the outset and you need to find a solution which is not difficult at all.
You also get mini games to play at the close of each case. These games are fun to play and do not necessarily facilitate any kind of real learning.
The message “Eat Healthy” is quite predominant in the game.
What I liked about the game
I liked the use of the anchor or agent (amazing food detective) in the game. She engages and involves you in the activities. You cannot ignore her or get bored with her
I liked the graphics, choice of colour, the voice over and the sound quality
I appreciate the way fun activities have been designed to convey an important message
I like the use of labels that give you some quick fact or the nutrition value when you hover over each food item
The Surprise Element in the Game
It was a surprise for me, when I got the following message after I kept the game window open, without interacting with it for a long time. I could not play the game for 60 minutes after that. This is really funny, though not so user friendly.
In short, the game is well designed and worth a play
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