Parents' Guide to

Dino Tales

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Rich dinosaur world combined with reading practice.

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Despite confusing navigation and awkward controls, kids will love exploring the island and learning about dinosaurs in this rich, layered world. Kids navigate using directional arrows rather than simply guiding the dinosaurs with their fingers on the screen, which would be more intuitive for them; also, the map doesn't help kids get around to specific places on the island, which they're supposed to do. Once they've created a story, kids can read the book, but there's no audio component for kids just learning to read, and the books have a lot of overlapping content. Still, the varied activities -- creating questions, discovering treasures, painting dinosaurs, reading stories, and investigating the island -- will keep kids entertained, engaged, and learning. Parents will appreciate the controls they have, too, for customizing the reading level, sharing kids' creations, and controlling their time playing the game.

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