What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?