Decision making is one of the most important things kids need to learn in order to become happy and successful adults. One of the ways you can help them is by allowing them to make their own decisions at various times. Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival provides one such opportunity: it's an interactive children's book where kids choose their own adventure.
Choose Your Own Adventure
In Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival, kids follow Max and Meredith in their search to find Max's lost dog Percival. At regular key points throughout the story, they help the duo overcome various dilemmas by choosing what to do. Their decisions dictate the course of the story, leading down any of eight unique storylines filled with magic potions, trolls, music, and much more.
When kids first open the app, they are presented with a tutorial that shows them how to navigate the app. To turn the page, for example, they need to swipe left or right anywhere on the screen. They can also tap various objects on the screen to discover small surprises, such as a talking robot in Max's room or a row of library books that play music when touched.
The app presents two reading options: read by yourself or narrated reading. In the Settings menu, grown-ups can customize the option for story text, narration, sound effects, and music. They can also set the interactivity level. For example, they can turn off the hotspots elements completely or have them unlocked only in the final storyline scenes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival is an open-ended app. All the different storylines work well together, and kids are free to choose their desired path. There isn't a right or wrong option, only different outcomes, so kids are not stressed by the weight of their choices. The app also makes the decision making process easier by limiting the number of options available at a time.
The app is safe for kids. It has no third-party ads and no in-app purchases, plus it doesn't require an Internet connection. It's recommended for ages 2-8, but fun for the whole family.
Things I Like
Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival is an excellent app that promotes reading comprehension. At every juncture, the narration prompts kids to choose between two options, and in order to answer they must first understand what each choice entails. This requires them to pay attention, and also think critically. I advise grown-ups accompany their kids as they read, so they can guide them and facilitate meaningful discussions.
The story itself is engaging, and further enhanced by beautiful illustrations and great music. I like how each character has a unique personality: Max is logical and cautious, while Meredith is imaginative and spontaneous. Despite their different approach in solving problems, the two get along well and are ready to help each other.
I highly recommend Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival if you're looking for ways to help your kids become better decision makers. This engaging app encourages them to approach problems in different ways, and promotes teamwork and collaboration. With eight different storylines to experience, it also has excellent replay value.
App was provided for our honest review.