Parents' Guide to

V-Motion Active Learning System

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Wii-type gaming for wee ones can get them moving.

Game V-Motion 2008
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So, does it work? Yes, but this controller isn't as responsive as the Wii remote. In Action Mania, kids tilt the controller side-to-side and up-and-down to make on-screen characters balance on a moving ball, race in a car or on a bobsled, or play tennis. There's a delay factor from when you make a motion with the controller to when things happen on the screen, so kids need to anticipate when they need to move the controller. At times, they will make a motion, but it won't be recognized. When racing in a car, you'll be asked to race over letters to complete the spelling of words. Unfortunately, you come up on the letters so fast that it's hard to tilt the controller the correct way to run over the desired letter.

Since V-Motion is a new system with great potential to encourage kids to move while they are gaming, we also reviewed Kung Fu Panda: Path of the Panda, one of the eight add-on games launching with this new system. The game play in Kung Fu Panda was much more creative, in-depth, and motion-encouraging than what is showcased in the short Action Mania game. With Kung Fu Panda, kids are asked to pretend they are doing kung fu moves while holding the controller. If they shake the controller around as they go through their moves, it will trigger the panda to perform impressive moves on the screen.

Game Details

  • Platform: V-Motion
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: VTech Electronics
  • Release date: August 1, 2008
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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