A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
In TEAM UMIZOOMI & DORA'S FANTASTIC FLIGHT, the members of Umizoomi gang have offered to take Dora and Boots on a ride in their airship. Unfortunately, that sneaky fox, Swiper, has stolen all the pieces of the vehicle. So the five friends team up to find the airship parts (and collect a bunch of crystals along the way). Happily for them, cast members from three other Nick Jr shows pop up to lend a hand as well. At the end, kids get to steer the completed airship in a race through the sky.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teamwork and sharing chores. How can jobs around the house get done much faster if parents and children team up?
Parents can also talk to their kids about licensed products tie-ins. If your child is a Dora fan, does this game make her want to watch Team Umizoomi as well? What about any of the shows that the game's "guest stars" appear on?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding
Math: counting, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: 2K Play
- Release date: November 9, 2012
- Genre: Preschool
- ESRB rating: EC for N/A
For kids who love preschool learning games
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