A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bubble Guppies is an educational adventure game based on the Nickelodeon cartoon of the same name. It's filled with mini-games that focus on early-learning concepts like colors, patterns, and basic preschool trivia (such as animal sounds and what different vegetables look like). The game culminates in a one-car "race," the steering on which may bother easily-frustrated children.
What's it about?
The BUBBLE GUPPIES are mer-people who, in this story, team up to build a racetrack for their car (don't ask why they drive cars underwater or how they operate the pedals without feet). They collect parts of the track by first helping out at a farm and then exploring a busy city, each area presenting them with matching, searching, and trivia challenges.
Is it any good?
The best thing about the Bubble Guppies game is its variety. There are plenty of activities, all of which are very different from one another, including planting seeds, directing traffic, building a car, matching silhouettes, and more. And each of these activities has a nice educational lesson to it; the only one that really doesn't is the car racing at the end. The one big flaw in the game is the way it makes you wait through verbal instructions before performing any actions. This may not only rile up impatient kids, but it prevents them from acting on their own once they've gotten the grasp of a mini-game's rules.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether kids want to play this game because they have seen the TV show. How does this game serve to market the TV show?
Parents can also talk to kids about the difference between video game cars and real ones -- particularly how hitting something with your car in real life would be harmful (unlike in the game, where cars simply come to a stop when they encounter an obstacle).
- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Math: patterns, shapes
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, thinking critically
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: 2K Play
- Release date: November 9, 2012
- Genre: Preschool
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Horses and Farm Animals
- ESRB rating: EC for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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