A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn basic preschool math skills: number order, pattern recognition, and shape and color recognition. They can also learn some Spanish vocabulary words, mostly animal names. Players can exercise their creativity toward the end of the game when they get a chance to customize their airship with the colored paintbrushes they've discovered on their quest. A less overt lesson on cooperation and teamwork is implicit in the game's storyline. Team Unizoomi & Dora's Fantastic Flight is a simple platform-jumping game filled with math and Spanish.
Teamwork, cooperation, and friends helping friends --those are the main take-away messages in this game. Everybody does his or her part, including several guest characters who pop in for a special appearance. In addition, the game offers several math-based challenges, which show kids that learning can be fun.
Positive Role Models
Nobody does anything wrong here (except Swiper the Fox, of course). You can expect nothing but positivity, hard work, and cheery dispositions from Dora, Boots, the Umizoomi gang, and all the guest stars too.
Ease of Play
To move the characters around, kids can use either the touchscreen or the control pad and buttons. The buttons are easier. Not that using the touch controls is horrible by any means, but since a single tap means "jump," it's way too easy to send a character jumping off a ledge you never meant to leave. Most kids will probably use a melding of the two control schemes, anyway.
Products & Purchases
This game serves to market many Nickelodeon stars. The game is a crossover between two popular Nick Jr shows -- Dora the Explorer and Team Umizoomi -- so you've got characters from both those series present. But as you move along, you also get cameo appearances from loads of other animated Nickelodeon stars, including characters from Go, Diego, Go!, Backyardigans, and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan all show up.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Team Umizooni & Dora's Fantastic Flight is a simple adventure game with characters from not just two, but five Nick Jr shows. While the majority of the gameplay consists of platform-jumping and crystal-collecting, each level also features at least five mini-games that have an educational bent. These activities focus on colors, shapes, counting, patterns, and Spanish vocabulary. The theme of cooperation is apparent throughout, as all five main characters do their fair share of the work on each level.
Is It Any Good?
Team Umizoomi & Dora's Fantastic Flight is a cute, harmless platform-jumping adventure appropriate for preschool gamers. The mini-game challenges that pop up all have an early-math theme (except for Dora's, which focus on learning new words in Spanish) and offer a nice bit of relief from the otherwise repetitive side-scrolling gameplay. The main gist of this game is to run and hop, collecting crystals along the way. But the airship flight -- and the chance to customize your ship -- offers a nice incentive for playing through to the end.
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