Parents' Guide to

Emma in the Mountains

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Interactive nature story with pro-environment minigames.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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This isn't a typical arcade-type kids' game, but rather a cute nature story with a variety of interactive elements and mini-games. For example, you use the DS stylus to wipe away the snow so that you can find your dropped keys. The storyline explores how groundhogs fit into the food chain of animals found in the mountains, and some of the mini-games even have a pro-environmental theme.

However, the story is rather short. Also, while the minigames are varied and fun within the context of the story, they don't have much depth, so kids may not spend much time replaying them outside of the story. And a few, like ones in which you race toboggans, have mushy controls, which can make them frustrating. Choose this game for kids who like nature and enjoy reading, but don't demand a fast-pace in their video games. You might want to rent this one first before you buy. If your kids like Emma in the Mountains, there is a second game in the series called Emma at the Farm.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release date: November 23, 2008
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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