Mega Bloks Diego's Build and Rescue

Common Sense Media says

Control flaws mar an otherwise decent preschool adventure.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message is a positive one about rescuing animals and being kind to nature. The game also inspires kids to get curious about wildlife and the natural world.

Positive role models

Diego is a kind and heroic figure. He cares deeply about animals and the earth. He is also an encouraging guide for young kids who are playing the game.

Ease of play

This game has one major flaw in the controls can make the game very frustrating for young kids: Tapping the screen makes Diego jump, but to interact with an object on screen, you must also tap it. When little kids can't be precise enough in their tapping, they may try to make Diego climb a rope or shake a tree, but only end up making him jump around like crazy instead. Tapping should not have been used for both of those actions. Also, driving vehicles with the stylus is much trickier than it feels like it should be for a preschool game.

Violence & scariness
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Consumerism

You've got a licensing double-whammy here, as the game is not only a tie-in to the Go, Diego, Go cartoon series, but it also features -- by name -- Mega Bloks constrution toys. Both the Nickelodeon and Mega Bloks logos are featured.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mega Bloks Diego's Build and Rescue is a heavily-licensed adventure game aimed at preschoolers. The overall design of the game is well-suited to its target audience, but one major flaw in the controls (tapping the touchscreen to both jump and interact with objects) can make the game frustrating for young kids. The game features lessons and info about different animal species and their habitats.

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What's it about?

MEGA BLOKS DIEGO'S BUILD AND RESCUE follows Nick Jr's Diego character as he treks through four different global habitats to rescue stranded animals. He'll jump chasms, climb ladders, swing on ropes, and perform other exciting stunts along the way -- including stopping to build helpful items (like staircases and bridges) out of Mega Bloks construction toys. In each habitat, he'll also have to find lost animals that don't belong in that part of the world and collect Mega Blok pieces to build vehicles that he will drive in later levels.

Is it any good?

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Mega Bloks Diego's Build and Rescue is a great concept with unfortunately less-than-perfect execution. Searching through different habitats to find the lost animals is a great premise for a Diego game -- and even the Mega Bloks license is used well, providing neat construction elements for the game. But unlike most of 2K Play's Nick Jr games (which typically have fantastic controls, perfectly designed for preschoolers), this game can be pretty tough to work through. When a preschooler is trying to tap an item to make Diego interact with it -- and he ends up just making Diego jump back and forth in front of it -- that's a recipe for frustration. And steering with the stylus on the vehicle levels, while not insanely difficult, is just as challenging as it would be in a racing game meant for much older kids. This game feels far too demanding for Diego's audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about product placement in video games and selling to kids. When young kids see Diego building with Mega Bloks and hear him refer to them by their brand name, what does that make them think about Mega Bloks? Does playing this game make preschoolers want to buy Mega Bloks of their own?

  • Kids and parents can also discuss Diego's job as an animal rescuer. What are endangered species? Why is it imporant for humans to protect these animals in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Play
Release date:October 27, 2010
Genre:Preschool
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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