Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Cooperation and fun in a great preschool game.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Dora is a brave, kind, and resourceful heroine who is a great role-model for young children. In this game, she helps others. Part of the play pattern encouraged here is to play games to do your best, not that you have to beat someone to enjoy two-person games.

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Advertising of Fisher-Price, Nickelodeon, and 2K Play products are found in the game manual.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a game based on the Dora the Explorer TV movie and DVD of the same name. If your children are Dora fans, they will love this preschool-friendly video game. It is fun, provides a no-fail environment, and is constantly changing. It even has a special mode where parents or older siblings can help by picking up a second controller. Plus two-person race games are cooperative instead of being competitive.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byZubalove December 3, 2009

Wii Version: An excellent starter game with great controls

When speaking about the Wii version of this game, the controls are a huge plus. Tilting the remote in direction you want to move instead of the standard D-Pad... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byahoze February 17, 2009
Kid, 8 years old April 11, 2013

boring.....

ok i suppose. a little boring though.
Kid, 9 years old November 8, 2008

i laughed

its kinda fun

What's it about?

If you're looking for good preschool games for the Wii, Dora the Explorer: Dora Save the Snow Princess is a great choice. Based on the TV movie and DVD of the same name, this game has been specifically designed for preschoolers. Kids join Dora on an adventure to rescue the Snow Princess, a fairytale character who has been imprisoned in a tower by a wicked witch. The quest takes kids to five different locations (levels) where they will explore snowy expanses and underground tunnels, swing on snowflake chains, race down mountain slopes on snowboards, jump on giant mushrooms and snowflake catapults, and scramble across moving clouds and icebergs. Along the way, kids will meet old favorites like Swiper the Fox as well as make new friends like Pegasus, the flying horse, who takes Dora for a ride.

Kids play this game by holding the Wii remote on its side and directing Dora and her friend Boots by tilting the controller to the left or right. To make Dora jump or interact with objects, kids push the \"2\" button. The game also incorporates over 20 different Wii remote motions to make things happen in the game including flapping your arms to make the Pegasus horse fly and tilting the Wii remote back and forth quickly to make Dora climb a ladder. Kids can also help Dora build a snowman by pointing the Wii remote at the screen and then making circular motions.

Is it any good?

This game is so good because it creates an inviting world to explore. Preschoolers will hear the original voice talents from the Dora the Explorer TV show and all directions are spoken or shown on screen. They will interact with the familiar characters of Map and Backpack, who help them along the way. When gaming, they can't fail, a key factor in good preschool video games. For example, when jumping from one moving cloud to another, you have to push the "2" button, but timing that push is irrelevant. It is impossible for Dora to fall off and get hurt.

The adventure stays fresh by constantly introducing new characters and new ways to use the Wii remote. Frequently, visual demos pop up in the corner of the screen to show kids what to do with the Wii remote. For example, when Dora's path is blocked by a pile of snow, a video shows kids how to hold the controller as if it were a broom to make a sweeping motion. Also good is the game's helper mode, where a parent or older sibling can join in with a second controller at crucial times. In addition to the adventure, kids can play race games cooperatively with a friend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game is similar to the Dora TV show. Does that familiarity make you like the game more? Which animals did you like finding? The Ice Swans, Pirate Piggies, or the penguins?

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