A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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