A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn problem-solving, logic, and reasoning skills as they create simple programming sequences to guide a ship to its destination. Kids lack total freedom over the sequences they create, since they're limited by having to select certain stones per turn. Holi and Oli: Viking Adventure is a rudimentary introduction to programming that holds kids back by limiting their choices.
The game promotes an adventurous spirit of discovery for kids as they explore the world.
Positive Role Models
The siblings gently tease each other but are generally positive. They "borrow" their uncle's boat without asking to go on their adventure.
Ease of Play
The game is easy to master, but there's some vagueness about what some of the programming stones do.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holi and Oli: Viking Adventure is a strategy adventure game for the LeapPad Ultra, which is designed for kids age 5 to 9. It teaches basic logic and reasoning skills as a precursor to learning computer programming. There's no objectionable material to be found as the main characters -- Viking twins -- explore the world on a child-friendly adventure. This title isn't compatible with older LeapPad models.
Is It Any Good?
HOLI AND OLI: VIKING ADVENTURE would be more effective as a learning tool for computer programming if it didn't limit the choice of programming stones for each turn. The stones that are up for selection aren't always the ones players need, which can make them waste turns on inefficient movements. It also would be helpful if kids could see more of the grid at a time or zoom out to get an overview of the level so they aren't guessing about where to go next. Unfortunately, the limitations on the map add to the wasted moves, which could frustrate players further.
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