Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure, by OCG Studios, is the first app we've ever reviewed from the games category. We wanted to do a review geared more towards family time, with the holiday season in full gear. Great friends of ours raved about this app so we decided to give it a try. We dove right in and gave several iPads to a group of ten-year-olds. Well, let's just say, it was more than a struggle to get them back when it was time to go! Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure is a twenty-first century Where's Waldo, on steroids. The developers describe “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure as an interactive journey – an exciting combination of a maze and a ‘search and find’ puzzle game that the whole family can enjoy."
"It all started with a little girl and boy reading a book on the floor."
While researching this app, we found these amazing photos on the developers site and were in awe of the size of this project and the fact that this app was completely hand-drawn! There are literally 16 different screens that you drive, fly, boat, walk, raft or even balloon or ski through and myriad exotic landscapes to visit. All the while you are on a major scavenger hunt, finding 85 all different objects and surprises. You'll be directed to hit certain star-tipped locations along the way to form a gold star. This labyrinthine of streets, freeways, waterways, landing strips, beaches, and mountains takes you on an adventure - traveling all over the world. Thus, the educational component - we guarantee that by talking to your child they will be learning all kinds of new information!
This project is a collaboration between OC Graphics, a 3D Visual Communication company and the author, Roxie Munro. The art was created by Roxie Munro, in conjunction with OCG Studios' creative team. If you're curious about the making of the apps, click on the link to see this fabulous site, dedicated to just that.
How it all started....Omar Curiëre of OC Studios states that, "For years my children (ages 5 to 10 now) here in the Netherlands were reading Roxie Munro’s books and every time it was fun. They keep getting these books out to look at, and to find and solve the mazes or finding hidden treasures. The language didn’t matter because these books were self explanatory."
Take some time, as a family, to enjoy playing this wonderous and addictive game. Plus, it's a steal at .99 cents for the iPhone version, called Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventures and $2.99 for the iPad... Happy Holidays to you!