The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures

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a game by The Learning Company, Inc.
Platform: PC (1998)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures
The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures
The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures
The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures

It's often hard to give children's games an unbiased, critical analysis as an adult, mainly because you know the mechanics will be simplistic. However, there are rare occasions where educational games such as The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures might be more intriguing than initially thought. As you see through the title, the game was made for 3rd graders, so we're not expecting a real challenge here. But perhaps there could be enough to entertain an adult?

The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures is part of a series that brings a bunch of school kids puzzles in parallel with the relevant educational curriculum. This edition offers an adventure parallel to 3rd Grade teachings, synced with a compelling narrative and engaging puzzles. So will this game tickle our fancy even as an adult? Let's have a look and see!

A 1000 Years in the 3rd Grade

Again, we'll reiterate that the game is for children here. That notion immediately highlights that The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures has bizarre features, including an intergalactic narrative, a rainforest setting, and accessible yet slightly obscure puzzles. But it's all fun seeing young children engage with this game curated with a bright animation.

The story involves The Clue Finders solving the mystery of an escaped space monster making jungle animals disappear. The kids you manage will journey to unknown locations to find clues on bringing our beloved creatures back into the rainforest. It's strange how this oddball narrative pulls in not only the younger children but also older ones - and even adults.

So how about the gameplay? The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures is a series of minigames that uses a more point-and-click approach. It's well-suited to younger children just getting a grasp on the computer. There's a series of puzzles that align with what their learning in the 3rd Grade, that walk them through how to solve them if they aren't able to understand the first time. They are simple but perfect for the age group.

The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures is one of those games that's well-made for kids, where even adults can sit down and help guide them through without losing interest. The cartoony visuals are appealing, the story is solid (albeit weird), and the puzzles will keep players entertained. So if you're looking for a decent educational video game for your kids, look no further than this!

Finders Keepers

There have been some great video games for kids, while there have also been some poor ones. The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures fits alongside the stature of the Magic School Bus series as one that could easily find recommendations.


Where parents endlessly strive to find entertainment for young children that doesn't detract from positive teachings, The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures fits that niche perfectly. You can easily plonk your 3rd-Grader in front of the game without fear of brain-draining material - it's a challenge that only brings reward rather than nothingness.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • Excellent educational material for children
  • Puzzles are challenging yet intuitive
  • The story is bizarre but compelling


  • Perhaps a bit short for a fully-fledged title
  • Characters in the game are a bit outlandish

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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