CNET Editors' reviewWhile this children's game is quite appealing, the trial's time limit may put off potential players. Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell stars a female fish and her friend Luther. Young children will find the mouse-based navigation easy to figure out, though some of the puzzles take a little thinking. The cursor changes when it's hovering over something you can interact with. Oftentimes a click triggers a quick animation of a bug doing something cute, but sometimes it triggers an important piece of dialog or allows Freddi to pick up the object. The graphics, music, and voice acting are all enjoyable. There's a lot of swimming back and forth while the half-hour of playing time ticks away, though. The game shuts down at the 30-minute mark rather than simply not starting again once you've reached the limit, and we can't tell whether you pick up where you left off when you buy the game. To avoid unhappy kids, parents of young children should be prepared to register Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell right away.
The Great Conch Shell has been stolen and it's up to Freddi Fish and Luther to catch the culprit. All is well on their tropical vacation, until the finny friends realize the Great Conch Shell is missing. Uncle Blenny can't open the Founder's Day Festival until the heralded horn has been recovered. Your child will join Freddi Fish and Luther as they explore ancient ruins, play games at a fun-filled carnival and even discover a sunken airplane while looking for clues and finding adventure. Rosy Pearl, Pierre the Tailor, and Nadine the Narwhal are just a few of the fun new friends they'll meet as they follow Old Soggy's sniffer through this tropical paradise. In the end, it's up to your child to piece the clues together and figure out who's responsible for this underwater caper.
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"LOVE this game for biginners"
Version: Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell 1
This game was made for kids by people who have done their research. They just must have had a 3 year old consultant :)
Honestly, I don't have a single thing I don't like about this game.
I have four children and each of them have played this game as an entry into using a computer.
The creators of this game have been on-the-ball, considering many things that could frustrate a child learning language, not only computer literacy. Everything they click on seems to do something! The sound effects are silly and fun. The little 'performances' are brief and entertaining commanding a 'let's do THAT again' effect. The strategy of the game is 'you need something, to do something'. It requires a parent or older sibling to 'win' the game, but a child as young as three can play quite happily for hours at a time as well as understand how to win again after seeing how the clues work. And the clues are thoughtfully set out to make things plain for your little one. And THEN after your child has won the game, Freddie Fish 3 can be played again with new clues and new strategies.
This is my all time favourite children's game. $9? Are you kidding me? WORTH IT :)
tip: I found that my laptop touch pad was easiest for my 3 year old to use. Not just because she is a lefty, but also because the cursor stays put more readily than with a mouse. I showed her the left click, instead of tapping. That has saved her some frustration.