Dora the Explorer Wildlife Rescue

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Fun, educational Leapster game features Dora and Diego.

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Parents need to know that this is one of the first titles produced for the Leapster gaming platform, which won our 2004 Video Game and Software Award.

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Adult Written byVictoria Scrubb... November 20, 2018


There is a crossbow which makes kids explode into guts. Dora frequently says the F word when referring to boots and calls him a S word. Dora is a violent waste... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids can play DORA THE EXPLORER WILDLIFE RESCUE in the story or game modes. In the story mode, kids go on three different adventures to rescue missing animals. Mirroring the format of the popular \"Dora the Explorer\" television show on Nick Jr., players help Dora by using the Map, playing learning games, singing songs, and banishing Swiper the Fox.

Kids can hop directly to the five learning games by selecting game mode. They can play concentration by pairing up opposites, travel a maze to find specific ABCs, complete patterns to repair a bridge, match baby animals with their parents, or find habitats for animals. The games can be played at three levels of difficulty.

Is it any good?

The games are not only fun and educational, but they also adjust to the child's ability. If the academic questions are too difficult, the content gets easier. If the gaming aspect of the activity is too challenging, it gets simpler. Plus, built-in tutorials offer supportive hints and tips.

The Leapster version of Dora is jazzy because it talks and sings to the child. It's fun because it offers two modes of play. And it is better than the Game Boy edition software because it is educational. With Dora at the helm, Leapster delivers a top-notch video game and raises the bar of excellence in handheld games for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about participating in a Dora adventure. How is playing this game different from watching the TV show? Kids: Which do you like better, and why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Leapster
  • Price: $25
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: LeapFrog
  • Release date: March 17, 2004
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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