Parents' Guide to

Dora Puppy

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

The perfect virtual pet game for preschoolers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

perfect for 5+

Now this is a great game to play I mean I really love it.
age 7+

perfect for learners of 4 and above

What a major surprise to see this being so good and man dora is good.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Virtual pet games can be very appealing to young kids, but many of them require a ton of reading and the memorization of long lists of rules and commands. Not so Dora Puppy, which was designed very astutely with preschool-age players in mind (It's unclear why the ESRB did not give the game an EC, Early Childhood, rating). If your kid can trace shapes and make noises, they can play it. After some initial tutorials, there's a element of freedom -- kids can mostly choose whichever activity they want, whenever they want to -- but Dora is always along for the ride, reminding the player what to do each time. Her constant presence -- and constant reiteration of controls -- is the kind of thing that would drive older kids crazy, but the intended audience will find it helpful and reassuring. Preschooler should love to nuzzle up to Dora Puppy.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: 2K Play
  • Release date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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