Reader Rabbit 1st Grade
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reader Rabbit 1st Grade presents kids with a fun (if somewhat surreal) interactive story, throughout which there are educational mini-games to conquer. Kids younger than first grade can still play, as there are multiple difficulty levels. Be aware, though, that younger kids may need additional help with the remote. If precision is a problem, try reducing the remote's sensitivity via your console's "Wii Options" menu.
What's it about?
The somewhat bizarre plotline of READER RABBIT 1ST GRADE revolves around a turtle scientist who has created a weather machine that is accidentally causing it to rain raingear -- hats, boots, and umbrellas fall from the sky rather than raindrops. To help him fix his malfunctioning invention, Reader and his friend Sam seek out the items they'll need for the repair effort. Getting these items means solving mini-games that teach lessons with phonics, math equations, and money counting, to name a few.
Is it any good?
Reader Rabbit 1st Grade does a great job of keeping young kids interested and entertained -- thanks to the straight-out-of-a-cartoon animation, musical numbers, and genuinely fun gameplay -- while teaching them solid elementary-school curriculum at the same time.
Kindergartners (and even precocious preschoolers) can certainly give the game a go on the lower difficulty levels, which is nice, but if they have trouble with aiming the Wii remote precisely, you or an older sibling may need to help them out. Still, the combination of educational and entertainment value here is impressive.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the educational lessons embedded within this adventure game. Are you able to separate the lessons from the gameplay and use what you've learned outside the game?
Families can also discuss how the game's characters react to adversity. Do you think a positive, confident attitude can help you overcome obstacles in the real world?