posted by LyndsayJo (FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Oct 4, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
I waited two days to get this game for my 6-year-old daughter and she beat it in less than two hours. Not worth the time waiting for it to ship. I would have much rather gotten another game that is more worthwhile.
This game is way too short, even for a three year old. The controls are okay for young ones (just left and right tilt plus the 2 button). The graphics are poor, and the voice animation is horrible - no attempt was made to coordinate: i a character is talking, their mouth just moves in a random fashion.
Very annoying is the constant cutscenes, as you approach a "new" challenge which 9/10 involves a long talk just to explain that you once again push the "2" button so Boots can do something.
Another big turnoff is the "backpack" and "map" portions, which require you to tilt the remote to pick the right item. However, because the game insists on talking every time you pick an item "Is this the way to blah blah blah?", and because it is easy to tilt instead of pushing the button, it can be a very frustrating experience for little ones.
The game itself is /very/ repetitive, which is not always a big drawback for little ones, but can grate on the adults helping out! :)
This game is "fair" for what it is, a basic retelling of the storybook of the same name. It's also good for the 4-6 year old crowd, although it seems a bit too easy and baby-ish for those any older than that.
It's a side scrolling game with lots of interruptions using cut scenes (don't get excited, they're not all that cinematic). Just when my 6 year old daughter gets into playing, the game stops when she comes across something. Sure, she can click the minus button to skip the dialog, but she doesn't want to miss something important. One example: every time (not just the first time) you need "backpack" it has to go through the same script, which gets boring quite fast.
Perhaps all these interruptions are on purpose! Why? The game is unbelievably short. If the game didn't stop game play every minute or so, it could be completed easily within an evening. My daughter started game and played it for about an hour, and is already at the piggy pirate ship. (a good chunk of the game is complete).
One thing that didn't bother my daughter much but drove me crazy was the sloppy job the animators did with synchronizing the character's mouth movements with the dialog. Not even close. Looks like an English overdub of a Japanese movie. Graphics are fair, but not overly clean. Sound is poorly mixed, with the background music mixed way too loud in some cases (can't understand Dora or Boots sometimes). Luckily, most of what they're saying isn't all that important, and if you miss something, you can usually figure it out.
Final comment: rent this game, unless you can buy is under $10. It's just not worth full game price.