Titles that target younger gamers are always a bit of a challenge to evaluate. Traditionally educational games have generally rightfully gotten a bad rap, as I grew up with some pretty awful examples of developers trying to make school-type subjects “fun”. Little Mouse’s Encyclopedia smartly aims at more of a semi-interactive experience, and that does further complicate evaluating it against intended games. All that said, there’s a simple charm and pleasant quality to the experience you’ll have exploring the small areas Little Mouse can get through, observing various flora and fauna and then being able to look up a variety of factoids on each of them. There may not be a gaming hook to it but the fact that it is pretty engaging and informative at once at least makes it pretty appealing as a form of edutainment.
Justin Nation, Score: