The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Kids will find this fun -- not frightening.

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Positive Messages

Characters have different strengths, which are needed at different times. They are all great role models to kids because the work together to solve problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brother and Sister are resourceful, polite little bears.

Ease of Play

The game is easy to play and has just the right amount of challenge.

Violence & Scariness
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Consumerism

Part of the Berenstain Bears franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has a spooky theme without being too scary for the intended audience of 5- to 10-year-olds. It requires kids to use logic to figure out which character has the necessary abilities to get around a specific obstacle. Levels have multiple solutions, adding fun and replay value.

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

Based on Stan and Jan Berenstain's book of the same title, THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE SPOOKY OLD TREE is set in an enchanted forest filled with spiders, ghosts, bewitched furniture, bats and other spooky stuff. The Berenstain Bears seek shelter in this forest during a thunderstorm and end up lost inside a spooky old oak tree. With the help of a friendly fairy, they find their way home. In the process, they locate a magic seed that can bring the old forest back to life.

Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10, The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree is a platform adventure game played on seven levels. Kids unlock each level by completing the previous one and earning a password. A level consists of four games during which the player assumes the persona of Brother Bear, Sister Bear or Cousin Fred. In each level, there is at least one cooperative game where the player can rotate among all three characters.

Is it any good?

This Berenstain Bears video game is spooky without being too scary for the targeted age. Gameplay is challenging, but never so difficult as to be frustrating. And while some players might get annoyed to get to the fourth game on a level and "die" (in this game, the character simply loses its courage and sits down and cries), kid testers didn't seem to mind having to replay the previous three games because the games have multiple paths to success.

As an added bonus, the game comes packaged with The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how each person has strengths -- just like the characters in this video game.

  • They also might want to talk about some of the spooky stuff in the oak tree. What's fun about spiders, ghosts and bats? Why do kids often dress up as scary creatures for Halloween?

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