Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo

Common Sense Media says

Clever, classic PC game a mix of fun and problem solving.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is a point-and-click adventure game and allows the player to tap any number of things on the screen for fun effects. The overall goal, saving the animals, can be a little tricky for younger players because they have to piece together the various clues and objects, but the interface is easy to use.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The developer's privacy policy is clear, but the game can be connected to Apple's Game Center. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo is a point-and-click adventure game about finding and rescuing lost baby animals at a zoo. The app is designed for kids and is free of offensive content. While not explicitly educational, it does require problem-solving skills and rewards careful observation and exploration. The interface is easy to learn, though younger children may need help solving some of the puzzles.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming

Math

  • counting

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The adorable rhyming songs that many animals sing will help kids with early reading skills. Each sign encountered is read aloud, and kids will enjoy playing with colors by painting Putt-Putt in the body shop.

Learning Approach

Kids will encounter counting challenges and learn facts about each zoo animal as they visit that animal’s zoo exhibit. The heart of the game is the problem solving that kids will do as they use tools collected throughout the zoo to rescue each animal.

Support

There's not a ton of support, as the game is pretty easy to navigate for even the youngest users, but it does have a website parents can visit to find out more about the developer.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming

Math

  • counting

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn problem solving and build preschool skills such as counting, shapes, and colors and learn facts about zoo animals. Kids will enjoy guiding Putt-Putt through the zoo and visiting with the animals and workers, learning some preschool skills along the way, and they can work with parents to find the objects needed to rescue the baby animals. The problem-solving adventure requires kids to remember objects they’ve encountered and use them to help the animals, which may require parental guidance for the preschool crowd. This is a rich app filled with experiences for preschoolers to explore on their own and with grown-up help.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Putt-Putt is a little blue cartoon car who needs to find the missing baby animals before the zoo can open. This app combines a cartoon storyline, problem-solving, and preschool skills for an entertaining experience. Kids guide Putt-Putt through the zoo and talk to the creatures they encounter, collecting objects that might come in handy later -- and do -- for rescuing the baby animals. Putt-Putt thinks aloud to guide kids in which objects may help, though the problems are still challenging enough that parents may need to help.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PUTT-PUTT SAVES THE ZOO brings the classic PC game to iOS devices, and it works like a charm. Putt-Putt is a cute purple car who travels around with his pet puppy. When he goes to the opening of the Cartown Zoo, Outback Al tells him that the zoo can't open because several of the baby animals are missing. It's up to Putt-Putt (and the player) to find the animals and figure out how to rescue them.

The app is easy to use, and the animation is cute and clever and feels like watching a cartoon. There are plenty of things to tap on throughout the game just for fun, but there's also an overarching story to be solved. Younger kids may need help figuring out some of the trickier puzzles, but they'll have a lot of fun exploring the zoo with Putt-Putt.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animals in the zoo. How do zoos help people understand animals? 

  • What if zoo animals could talk? What do you think they might say?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:December 12, 2011
Category:Kids Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:128.00 MB
Publisher:Atari
Version:1.01
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 17 years old Written byJosiawesome December 16, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

Brings back childhood memories

I remember the days when we used to boot up the Windows 95 computer so we could play Putt-Putt. I always loved this game as well as the other games from Humongous Etertainment (specifically "Pajama Sam", "Fatty Bear" & "Spy Fox"). One of my favorite parts of this game is you can click almost anywhere to watch an entertaining animation. This game is geared toward younger players so older kids may find it a bit boring, but the young ones will have countless hours of fun with this. Content-wise there is nothing that anyone would consider offensive. Overall, if you have little ones, this game would be a great addition to your game library.
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Kid, 9 years old December 17, 2011
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2
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brings memoreies when i was like 4

I love thisi remeber putt putt saves the zoo. i also love the others games of spy fox and others. its just amazing you will love the app. man i iwsh i had a iphone or an ipod!
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Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2011
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3
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AWESOME

I remember when I was 3 or 4 and went to daycare all the kids would take turns on the computer and play this or spy fox dry cereal and those games were the best!!!
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