posted by SashaKlaus (KETTLE RIVER, MN) May 2, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
This was a nice game for my four and half year old. He truly enjoyed the game but he was able to complete the game in two sittings. It was self explanatory and he was able to navigate and enjoy the game on his own. The only down fall is your child can play it only for a short amount of time before they get bored and have seen all it has to offer. It's a good rent but no real reason to buy!
posted by mark2741 (KING OF PRUSSIA, PA) Apr 16, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
My kids liked this game. There are so few games that are easy enough for preschoolers to grasp right away so I tend to give high marks just for that! This game is repetitive but there are enough things in it to keep your preschooler interested for quite a while. I wouldn't recommend this to any kid older than 7 or 8. The game makes great use of the wiimote. My biggest gripes with it is there is no multiplayer, other than a fairly lame 'race' minigame that 2 players can play at one time. But definitely a good game for preschoolers.
I got this for my 6 year old Diego and Dora fan. She beat it in 2 hours; a greuling two hours for me because it is extremely repetative. Players are not expected to read, count, or do any problem solving of any kind. For a safari game, it is also mysteriously lacking of any relevant information about the African safari or it's wildlife.
By far the most disappointing aspect of this is the concept. You must save the elephants that have been turned to stone by a mean magician. How does this teach our kids about responsibility, being wards of the earth, and protecting our wildlife? It was a lost opportunity to teach kids about pollution, hunting, overdevelopment, etc - as the reason why elephants need to be saved, and to take responsibility for the damage as human beings.
The only pro to this game is the encouragement of movement in various ways with the WII remote (swimming, climbing, beating a drum).
It is a side-scrolling linear walkthrough game with no challenge whatsoever. I expected more from the creators of Dora the Explorer.