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Sago Mini Puppy Preschool

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Simple mini-games have puppy charm but little substance.

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Simple game mechanics and cutesy graphics may easily appeal to small kids, even if there's not much meaty content. Sago Mini games excel at being super kid-friendly and very accessible to young kids. They're friendly, welcoming, and easy and look good with lovable recurring characters. Sago Mini Puppy Preschool doesn't disappoint in this respect, even though the only familiar character here is Harvey the dog. Play is only partly open-ended in that two of the games (shape matching and color sorting) have very specific goals and only advance if kids make the right moves. The other two games have a bit more flexibility, within limits. Kids can take up to 10 dogs in and out of the tub to their hearts' content as they listen to the narrator count up and down. It's a neat touch to be able to play with the settings and learn numbers 1 through 10 in a new language. And the puppy piano is a pretty typical app "keyboard" with nine notes, with the one exception being that each note has its accompanying dog (matched by size, meaning that a bigger dog equals a lower note) and sounds like a bark/howl. Parents looking for simple, harmless games to entertain their young kids should feel perfectly fine about Sago Mini Puppy Preschool. Those looking for more substance may want to look elsewhere.

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