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Freddi Fish: ABC's Under the Sea

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute early-education game marred by design flaws.

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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release date: October 5, 2010
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: EC for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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