A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Along with the obvious educational message, the game also promotes sharing, cleaning up, and being generally supportive of friends and family.
Positive Role Models
The characters here are all helpful, courteous, and eager to learn.
Ease of Play
Each activity has both written and spoken instructions, so learning how to play all the mini-games is easy for preschoolers. There are a couple of design and/or control problems, though (see "education" above).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Freddi Fish: ABC's Under the Sea is a set of early education mini-games that are aimed at kids ages three through five. The look and feel of the game are very well designed to appeal to that preschool audience, but some pf the mini-games are marred by design flaws that may either make the game too easy ("Ship Shape") or too frustrating ("Refrigerator Magnets"). The best way to fix or avoid such problems: Be there to help your child as she plays.
Is It Any Good?
Freddi Fish: ABC's Under the Sea is a good-hearted game with some fun parts, but on the whole, it feels like a pale impersonation of the excellent Freddi Fish PC games. First, it's worth noting that despite the title, only four of the eight mini-games involve letters. And then there are a couple of control and design flaws. The educational aspect of one letter-tracing game is compromised by permitting kids to scribble randomly over a letter in order to get it scored as correct. An activity that lets children spell their own words with moveable letter magnets can grow frustrating when the game -- which only allows you to have five letters at a time -- gives you an unusable selection of letters, such as AIJUA. On the whole, the timed activities go on for too long; what starts off as fun for a preschooler can grow into tedium by the end of the lengthy activity. Freddi Fish isn't a bad game, per se, but it misfires in too many places to get a truly positive recommendation.
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