A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Bob the Builder spends his life helping others and demonstrating a positive attitude about approaching problems. He is a great role model for kids.
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This is a software game based on the PBS TV show Bob the Builder.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an age-appropriate preschool software game with no offensive content. Girl fans of the show will miss Wendy, the female co-worker of Bob the Builder. The game is currently downloadable for $19.95 from www.beanstalkgames.com, and boxed versions of the game will be available in stores in August 2009.
Is It Any Good?
If you have a Bob the Builder fan in your house, this software is a good choice. The games are easy to play and appropriate for preschoolers. With three levels of difficulty, the games grow with children as they learn. And the games are designed to never let your child fail, a hallmark of good preschool software. For example, one of the games has your child sorting paint brushes and saws. If you child tries to put the paintbrush in the wrong bin, the game won't let him and tells him to "Try again."
While the graphics are flat and the animations won't win any awards, the game does a good job of staying true to the license. Little girls' favorite Wendy is missing, but otherwise Bob and his friends make for fun gaming companions. This software would have been better if it were longer, with more enclosures to build and additional games to play. As is, it's still a good title for preschoolers.
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