Dumb Ways JR Boffo's Breakfast

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Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Fun but repetitive cooking game unlike original Dumb Ways.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the steps involved in cooking a dish from scratch, from chopping and grating ingredients to mixing, cooking, and finally garnishing their creations. It's a purely creative free-play sandbox game, and kids can get some lightly expressive creative learning out of it, but without some kind of gallery, recipe creator, or record of dishes created, or more guidance or suggestions for making Boffo happy, it's not really poised for deep learning. 

Ease of Play

Controls are straightforward, though occasionally ingredients are difficult to drag to just the right place. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dumb Ways JR Boffo's Breakfast is an open-ended cooking simulation game featuring the characters and visual style from the viral public safety video Dumb Ways to Die and app. Aside from that, it features no connection with its original source material. Instead of showing cartoon characters perishing in graphic and humorous ways, the blobby character Boffo is hungry for a home-cooked breakfast, which kids must prepare using a variety of ingredients and kitchen tools. There's no violence, only cute animations and open-ended cooking play. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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What's it about?

DUMB WAYS JR BOFFO'S BREAKFAST is an open-ended cooking game wherein kids chop, grate, mix, and cook various ingredients to make a breakfast for Boffo, a cute green blob who watches and reacts in funny ways to cooking choices. When the dish is complete, kids can garnish it and feed it to Boffo, who will express his delight or disgust with the creation. There's no goal in mind other than to please (or gross out) the hungry Boffo and no limit to the creations kids can make.

Is it any good?

As an open-ended game, this cooking simulator is fun enough for a few plays, but there are better options out there. There's definitely a certain joy to feeding him burnt broccoli covered in toothpaste, and along the way kids will delight in watching Boffo juggle eggs, sing into a spoon like a microphone, and sneeze as pepper is added. However, it seems tough to get Boffo to display more than either a "yuck" face or a hiccup, even when he's fed a delicious and expertly prepared sausage, cheese, and spinach omelet. Dumb Ways JR Boffo's Breakfast is simple, goofy fun that can occupy wait times in restaurants and doctors' offices, but there are better options out there for games that teach cooking or games that let kids use their imaginations. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the process of cooking, along with food safety and kitchen dangers, which aren't presented in Dumb Ways JR Boffo's Breakfast. What are ways that real-world cooking techniques differ from how meals are prepared for Boffo?

  • Discuss nutrition and making good choices when eating. It's possible to cook lots of treats for Boffo, but is that always a good idea?

App details

For kids who love cooking and preschool apps

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