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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Chica's Adventure is a preschooler-friendly platform game featuring Chica from the Sprout network's The Chica Show. Kids can easily make their way through the four levels very quickly, though, and miss collecting the prizes, so parents may need to explain the objective. Some instructions are given verbally (such as, "Can you help Chica find the buried treasure?"), but the explanation of the controls is written and most preschoolers won't be able to read. There are only four levels of play, but kids can replay levels once they've completed them to get higher scores.
What's it about?
Starting on a pirate island, traveling into space, visiting a circus, and finally flying over the city as Super Chica, kids use arrows to move Chica and a jump button to make her jump to collect coins, dodge obstacles, and find prizes. On the last level, called Super Chica, there's a short free-fly section where kids are guided by an on-screen hand in how to make Chica fly. In each setting, kids have something different to collect: coins on the island, rocks in space, popcorn at the circus, and superhero emblems on the Super Chica level, as well as prizes. Nothing tracks high scores, but kids can replay levels to try to collect missed prizes.
Is it any good?
CHICA'S ADVENTURE won't appeal to all preschoolers, but those who're interested in gaming -- especially those who have longingly watched as others played platform games -- will be delighted. Each level is short enough to keep a preschooler's attention, and the obstacles that stun only delay them for a moment. Many of the jumps are automatic, thanks to strategically placed obstacles that make Chica jump, but kids will have to use some strategy to collect all the prizes and maximize their scores. It's pretty easy for kids to coast through all four levels, though, and preschoolers who really try will quickly master all four levels. Overall, it's a great option for starting kids on a platform game with no in-app purchases or violence.
Talk to your kids about ...
Preschoolers who watch older siblings play platform games may be especially drawn to Chica's Adventure, feeling like they're playing what the big kids are.
Kids may need some guidance getting started and with the free fly mode in Level 4.
Chica's Adventure is a fun game to play together, with parents and kids taking turns completing each level or replaying levels.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 7, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Superheroes, Horses and Farm Animals
- Size: 301.00 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS Sprout
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
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