Jake's Treasure Trek

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Preschool-friendly side-scroller fun for older kids, too.

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Ease of Play

Maneuvering Jake on his runs is easy, but beating Captain Hook is not a given. Kids can replay levels.

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There's a bit of name-calling, such as Jake calling Captain Hook "Sneaky Snook."


The app ties in to the Disney Junior program, which does have some cross-marketed products. Links to other apps are behind a parent-lock code.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jake's Treasure Trek is a preschool-friendly side-scrolling platformer based on the Disney Junior show Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Kids make Jake run, jump, climb, and swim in a race to get ahead of Captain Hook, trying to collect enough gold doubloons to get Tinker Bell's lantern and find the key to a treasure box. The game and each new world begin with a movie introducing the plot and goals. Beating Hook in each level is pretty easy, but even if kids lose, they can replay the level.

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What's it about?

JAKE’S TREASURE TREK includes three worlds -- the jungle, the desert, and a volcano island, each with 15 challenges. Jake needs to collect as many gold doubloons as he can while staying ahead of Captain Hook. He needs to dodge obstacles and collect power-ups as he runs, swims, and flies and sometimes even zip-lines down a vine or slides down a mountain. Kids have to beat Hook to the finish line to unlock the next level, but they can replay levels if they lose or to collect more points.

Is it any good?

Excellent graphics and right-on voice-overs and narration from the show will entertain Jake and the Never Land Pirates fans, and play is easy enough for preschoolers to navigate it successfully. The cool features and power-ups add enough excitement and challenge that older kids will enjoy it as well. Jake zip-lines across jungles, swims with fishies, and slides down mountains, gaining speed as he goes -- and delighting players. With three worlds offering 45 levels, there's quite a bit of content to explore, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Captain Hook and Jake. How could they get along better?

  • Show kids that they can replay levels that didn't receive three coins for better scores.

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For kids who love arcade games and games for young kids

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