Parents' Guide to

JumpStart Pet Rescue

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Educational game best for kindergartners, not preschoolers.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

JumpStart game on the Wii, educational and fun

My kids love this game on the Wii. My youngest got the controls pretty quickly and it is the first game she really loves and plays on the Wii. Same JumpStart characters she knows and gets to play like her older siblings on the Wii.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 5+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

The educational activities are excellent. Unfortunately, the controls aren't. This is a game targeted at kids ages 3-6, but the method of interacting with the screen is not intuitive to preschoolers. Instead of simply tilting the Wii to make your avatar move as was done in Go Diego Go: Safari Rescue, here kids have to point, press the "A" button, and then wait for their avatar to move where they pointed. Kids ages 5 and 6 should be able to navigate the game, but even so, the game doesn't make good use of the Wii remote's motion-sensing abilities. Plus, at times your avatar blocks your ability to see where to go.

For kids ages 5 and 6, there is a lot of explore. JumpStart Pet Rescue presents a magical 3D world full of sparkling ponds in which to swim, rivers to race down, zipwire rides to experience, and lots of charming animal characters with which to interact. For kids who need direction, the Story Mode provides great motivation to play the educational games. The Explore Mode is more open-ended and lets kids to wander to find all the delightful surprises this world offers.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
  • Release date: August 1, 2009
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: EC for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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