Puffins Island Adventure

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Fun, bird-themed learning adventure full of minigames.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Players help out their fellow puffins when they have an errand.

Positive role models & representations

Players help out other characters in the game with small tasks and errands.

Ease of play

Controls are easy enough to learn, but the twists and turns of some racing levels have the potential to frustrate younger gamers.

Violence & scariness
Language
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this engaging learning adventure will teach kids some facts about Puffins and their envionments. Players help other birds, fly around the island, start a family, and can unlock educational clips featuring the birds and their environment.

 

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What's it about?

PUFFINS ISLAND ADVENTURE puts the player in the role of a \ lone puffin on an island. The goal of the game is build a reputation by playing games and \ helping other puffins. In doing this, you earn a burrow to live in, attract a mate, and eventually have a baby puffin. The game has \ over 100 minigames ranging from races around a themed track to tidal \ pool fishing and baby bird feeding.

Is it any good?

The game looks extremely good for a DS game, and features some great 3D cinematics. The minigames are quite fun and can start to challenge younger gamers as they make their way through the title. The best feature is the trivia that’s inserted throughout the game as well as the real video of actual puffins in their natural environment, building a  connection to what’s taking place in the game and the real world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why their child chose the particular character they did.

  • Why is it important to maintain a clean environment for animals who are helpless when compared to humans.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Release date: May 28, 2009
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for ( No Descriptors)

For kids who love nature

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