ION Educational Gaming System

Common Sense Media says

Eye Toy-type games get preschoolers moving.





What parents need to know

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Branded characters are featured in games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a gaming system that requires young children to get up and move. In addition to motivating activity, it also offers fun ways to learn colors, numbers, letters, and how to follow instructions. Unfortunately, some of the dialogue in the SpongeBob SquarePants game "Krabby Patty Showdown" is a little iffy -- the bad guy yells "Curse you, SpongeBob!" when he loses. Parents of younger kids may want to skip that one.

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What's it about?

Playskool's ION EDUCATIONAL GAMING SYSTEM for children ages 4 to 7 taps into youngsters' natural desire to move by designing games where kids dance with characters from Blues Clues, play soccer goalie with Dora the Explorer, and cook with SpongeBob SquarePants. In addition to encouraging children to sway, wave, squat, dance, and bend to control what happens on the screen of these video games, kids will be learning about colors, numbers, and letters and following directions.

Is it any good?


From the kids' perspective, what's so incredible about this system is that it makes them television stars. They aren't just playing the game -- they're IN the game as well.

When kids stand in front of their TV, not only will they see characters that they love (Dora, Blue, SpongeBob, and others), they will see themselves on the screen inside the video game. For example, in a game with Dora, your child's image will appear inside of a soccer goal. To save goals, your child will need to move his or her hands to various spots inside the goal. While it takes a few tries before kids figure out how moving their hands in the real world transfers to blocking goals inside the game, most learn very quickly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it feels to see yourself inside the TV. Because there are many kinds of games that involve movement, what kind does your child like best? Dancing? Moving through mazes? Cooking? Soccer? Families might want to talk about how important it is to exercise.

Game details

Platforms:ION Educational Gaming System
Available online?Not available online
Release date:October 28, 2006
ESRB rating:NR for (ION Educational Gaming System)

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Adult Written byangelica379 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Adult Written byrogers91171 April 9, 2008
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absolute trash

We have been able to get some of the games to do what we want but the Sponge Bob games have been impossible. You hit one thing and the game hits something totally different than what the person hits. You try to make Sponge Bob walk, impossible! I think the idea is great but the game has a mind of its own and does what it whats and not what my son or I do. Its very frustrating. It has been a waste of money.
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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