Dora the Explorer Super Star Adventures

Common Sense Media says

A Dora GBA adventure for preschoolers

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What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Game Boy Advance title was designed specifically for preschoolers: It doesn't require that players know how to read and it is careful to create no-fail situations for preschoolers to explore.

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What's it about?

DORA THE EXPLORER SUPER STAR ADVENTURES is a Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) title designed for preschoolers ages 3 to 6 years. Unlike most GBA titles, which use written words to communicate, this one uses symbols, pictures, and a few spoken words -- no reading is required. Even better, gameplay is tailored so preschoolers can't fail at the title's activities.

To start, preschoolers select one of six Explorer Stars to join them during their adventures with Dora. Each Explorer Star has a special power such as the ability to be noisy, or the talent to create music -- but the player has to catch the star before it will help. To catch a star, kids play a simple but fun hide-and-seek activity. Activities include maze navigation, matching games, side-scrolling race games, a \"Frogger\"-type game, a complete-the-pattern activity, and a play-a-song game.

Is it any good?

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This GBA game is good for preschoolers, but it is not perfect. The complete-the-pattern game is confusing, and youngsters don't have any way to save an activity and continue playing it later.

This title is worth considering if you already own a GBA. If you are thinking of buying a handheld gaming system for your preschooler, choose the Leapster. Its content is better and more educational.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why certain characteristics of Super Stars can help Dora in her adventures.

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Global Star Software
Release date:June 23, 2005
Genre:Preschool
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance)

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bytimmy67575 March 23, 2011
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timthy

love it
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
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wow...

i was surprised at the atrocity of this video game. i was appalled to view such an adulterated form of entertainment obtain such a poor choice of review from the ESRB. younglings beware, this is not a game for you...
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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This is horrible and very innapropiate

This is horrible and very innapropiate for children under the age of 58 its also very hard, we couldnt beat the stinkin game!!!!!!!

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