A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $3.99-$6.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: July 10, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 226.00 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
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