PAW Patrol Rescue Run

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Frustration-free preschool platformer with positive message.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think critically and follow instructions as well as think about how they can help others. They'll think critically and develop early literacy skills as they sort objects after each rescue run, thinking about which items can be recycled and which are trash or sorting colors of snowballs. They'll listen carefully and follow instructions, viewing the short video mission assignments. The whole premise is helping others, so kids may internalize that concept and see that even dogs can help others. PAW Patrol Rescue Run focuses on the importance of helping others, a lesson it's never too early to learn.

Ease of Play

This excellent introduction to platformer games is easy for kids to maneuver. If kids don't jump quickly enough, the dog stops and gives them another try. Clear instructions before each game show how to move.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The app is a spin-off of the Nickelodeon TV show Paw Patrol. A Nick Jr. logo on the start page links to other apps but is protected by a kid-lock code.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PAW Patrol Rescue Run is a side-scrolling platform game designed for preschoolers with characters from the Nickelodeon show Paw Patrol. It's a good introduction to platform games for young kids, as they'll always complete the rescue run with no lives lost. If a kid hits an obstacle, the dog backs up and lets him or her try again. After each rescue, kids complete a short sorting activity. Kids can choose from three rescue scenes and replay them to earn all the badges.

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What's it about?

Up to four players can have accounts on one device. Kids start by choosing their rescue scene -- the bay, the mountain, or the train -- and then choose which dog to run the adventure. Video instructions explain the mission and how to play each time, but they can be skipped. Kids then swim, run, or ski, jumping obstacles and collecting bonuses. After the completed run, kids help with one more mission: sorting trash, sorting snowballs, or spraying rocks. Kids see the badges they earned after the rescue and can replay or choose another mission.

Is it any good?

There are certainly less expensive options for preschoolers that would be just as fun and educational. Notwithstanding the price, PAW PATROL RESCUE RUN is fun and very positive, if a bit repetitive after you've played through the three scenes. Kids don't have to worry about messing up and losing a life or needing to start over. Mistakes are quickly remedied by the dog backing up and jumping again. The instructions are very clear and preschooler-friendly, and it's all high interest with dogs, trains, and hero adventures. There's nothing new to experience once you've played each of the three scenes (besides earning badges that may have been missed), so kids may bore of the app more quickly than parents think the price warrants.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways that kids can help others. They may not need to swim the bay or ski the mountains to rescue someone, but they can be a friend to a new kid or stand up for someone being teased.

  • Practice sorting activities such as those in the game. Kids can sort objects between the compost bin and recycling bin, separate laundry, or sort other objects by size or color.

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