A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, making conclusions
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: July 22, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- Size: 92.30 MB
- Publisher: Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0; Android 5.0
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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