Parents' Guide to

Pokémon Playhouse

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Simple games initiate kids to hook 'em while they're young.

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Cutesy characters abound in this easily accessible game that introduces Pokémon to the wee ones, but simplistic games could have more depth. A friendly guide welcomes kids aboard to explore, meet Pokémon, and "make friends." The guide then accompanies kids wherever they go to offer lots of explanation on how to play. Kids who get how to play the game and have trouble being patient may find it frustrating to be stalled listening to the guide at every turn. Gameplay is appropriate for small kids (there are no Pokémon battles here) but is repetitive and not very imaginative. And some -- like the puzzle game -- are so simple that they miss a chance to offer kids a bit of a challenge. Don't be fooled by the free content: The games aren't anything particularly special, but they are a great way to set kids up to be future Pokémon consumers. That makes Pokémon Playhouse most appealing for Pokémon-obsessed parents who want to share their interest with their young kids.

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