YMMV: The Clue Finders

  • Adaptation Displacement: A possible inversion in that there are two mystery books featuring the ClueFinders but more people have heard of the games.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The Evil Laugh in 4th Grade.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted - actual kids do the voices of the kids.
  • Fridge Horror: The aliens in 5th Grade are running the experiments to find out how many specimens to get...so they can breed all of them on their planet.
  • Genius Bonus: They contain loads of references to famous historical figures, scientific concepts, stories, and other things that the kids playing probably don't recognize. For example, the Goo Lagoon in 3rd Grade is full of references to famous British characters, such as The Beatles and Eliza from Pygmalion.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: LapTrap is just one letter away from being a completely different yellow Robot Buddy.
  • Narm: The voice acting in "Incredible Toy Store Adventure", since the voice actors wouldn't sound like actual children, they hired new voice actors. Let's just say... Narm and Dull Surprise abound...
  • Ship Tease: Some people take the interactions between Santiago/Joni and Owen/Leslie in the early games as this, particularly the latter since they seem to be engaging in G-rated Unresolved Sexual Tension. A case can also be made for Joni's interactions with Owen in later games since she seems to only get annoyed with him in Reading but that's only because he's smitten with the princess they're supposed to helping.
  • Technology Marches On: The kids keep in contact with each other using "videophones" invented by Santiago. At the time the games were made, commercial camera phone did not exist in North America and regular cell phones were not widely used by children anyway.
  • Toy Ship: Any possible romantic combination of the ClueFinders since Joni and Santiago remain 12, Owen 11 and Leslie 10.
  • Ugly Cute: Ficus, an ally of Leslie and Owen in 6th Grade is an eyeless plant creature...who's actually pretty cute.