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Dora the Explorer: Dance to the Rescue
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
In the somewhat convoluted storyline of DORA THE EXPLORER: DANCE TO THE RESCUE, Dora has to win a dance contest so she can free the pest Swiper the Fox from inside a bottle. Dora visits four locations to learn new dance moves. At each, Dora and the player must play a game with some character.
A character will show Dora a dance which she imitates while the player simply watches. For example, to learn the pirate dance, the player must push away a bad elf by rapidly moving the mouse back and forth to make waves in the ocean. Players don't get involved in learning dance moves until the very end, when Dora is in the dance contest and the player must remember the order of dance steps.
Is it any good?
Dance to the Rescue falls short because it doesn't have enough substance and it forces preschoolers to sit and watch instead of encouraging them to click and think. The games are very short and focus on minimal hand-eye coordination as kids move the mouse either up and down or back and forth.
The software does give kids a chance to make a dance video, but the process is somewhat confusing for the targeted audience of children ages 3 to 5. Likewise, preschoolers are unlikely to use the software's printable dance instructions.
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