DoDoGo!

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Cute puzzle game uses physics to find solutions.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message is a positive one about caring and nurturing. You need to not only keep your dodo eggs safe, but happy as well -- which may require petting or rolling them up close to a friend. However, there is one bit of behavior that you certainly wouldn't want kids to emulate: Purposely setting oneself on fire in order to roll into a wooden obstacle and burn it down.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As Mama or Papa Dodo, you aim to keep your eggs out of harm's way. You must plan things out decisively, and always be ready to soothe and caress your eggs if they become upset.

Ease of Play

Some of the obstacle-course-type puzzles can be difficult to figure out, and you'll rely on trial and error to make it through. The game has a great tutorial system, though, which doles out tons of advice and hints, and even shows you exactly how to traverse certain types of levels before you attempt them on your own.

Violence & Scariness

Dodo eggs (which have faces) can crack if they fall from high places. If the egg doesn't shatter completely, the egg will look sad and must be patched with  Band-Aids. Snakes and T-Rexes can eat the eggs (and let out a little burp afterwards). Eggs and enemies alike can be hurt by fire -- meaning they will be temporarily engulfed in animated flames.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DoDoGo! is a tricky physics-based puzzle game that provides a real workout for the brain. Seeing the cute, chuckling eggs gets smashed or eaten may disturb some younger children.The violence in the game is minor and very unrealistic, but parents should be aware that it is there. Parents should also know that the eggs sometimes need to roll themselves through oil and set themselves on fire on purpose in order to burn past wooden obstacles. You might want to reinforce the "don't try this at home" message.

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Kid, -1 years old June 17, 2010
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What's it about?

You are the parent dodo bird in DODOGO! And you must travel around your island, finding your eggs after they are swept away by a storm. The storm has also swept a crafty caiman onto the island -- and he's out to eat those eggs before you can rescue them. In order to get the eggs (which have faces and show emotions) to safety, you need to direct them through obstacle-course-like environments, using gravity to roll them down hills and launch them over ramps. You'll need to use tools like shovels and springs to dig tunnels and create launching pads. And you'll need to make sure those eggs avoid predators like snakes and T-Rexes that wander the island.

Is it any good?

With its smiley, giggling eggs and colorfully cartoony landscapes, DoDoGo! is an adorable game. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's super easy. It's also a game that requires a good deal of strategizing, logical thinking, and trial-and-error gameplay. The tutorial system that helps you learn the ropes is incredibly well done, and while it may sometimes take you three or four shots before you land upon the proper solution for a level, you can take heart in knowing that you always can find the solution. This is not one of those "Geniuses Only" puzzle games that make ordinary people want to give up before the third level. With a great look, an appealing story, and challenging gameplay, DoDoGo! is a real steal at only $8.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk to the youngest of players about fire safety. Make sure they are aware that while the eggs can use fire to positive effect in the game, children can not do so in real life.

  • Families can also discuss the nurturing role of parents. The eggs in the game are, in essence,  your babies. What do you need to do in the game to take care of them, both physically and emotionally?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $8.00
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Neko Entertainment
  • Release date: April 26, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

For kids who love puzzles

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