Osmo Detective Agency

Osmo Detective Agency

Osmo Detective Agency ($39.99) If the old I-Spy books and Carmen Sandiego games had had a child it would have looked a lot like Osmo Detective Agency, an around-the-world adventure.  The object is to find characters, things, and places on detailed panoramas set in such diverse locales as New York, Cairo and Beijing using a supplied magnifying glass which serves to enlarge and "lasso" objects.  I think the game misses some opportunities to impart information about the locales that could have made playtime more rewarding, but this visual treasure hunt's unique interface and multiple difficulty levels keep things challenging. Requires Osmo base (sold separately) and iPad.