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VSmile TV Learning System

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
VSmile TV Learning System Game Poster Image
Gaming system is too hard for preschoolers.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that gameplay in this system is too difficult for the preschool crowd. Kid testers younger than 5 quickly lost interest because they didn't have the hand-eye coordination and patience required to make characters jump at just the right time to land on moving platforms.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfivegraykids April 9, 2008

Too difficult for those with poor learning skills

our kids received this game system for a birthday gift and have used it 3X's. They did not understand how to work the system (since we do not have game sy... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 and 4 year old Written bybaloon_angel April 9, 2008

It was love at 1st sight, then it faded

My son loved it. It was great. I'm not sure what happened but we had to replace it. With this 2nd one we cant get it to work half the time. We use our moni... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 10, 2009

What's it about?

Hoping to appeal to preschoolers as young as 3, VMSILE TV LEARNING SYSTEM touts learning through video game and showcases a controller with outsize buttons and an over-large joystick. Kids play through side-scrolling games that require them to walk, crawl, jump, and dodge as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo, and even Spider-Man. The system comes with \"Alphabet Park Adventure\" software; the adventure part of the software offers some educational aspects, but they are clearly secondary to the gaming aspects. A separate section called Learning Zone offers stronger educational content.

Is it any good?

The gameplay is too difficult for the preschool crowd. Kid-testers younger than 5 quickly lost interest because they didn't have the hand-eye coordination and patience required to make characters jump at just the right time to land on moving platforms. The system provides a two-player option, but VTech missed the boat here too, because instead of having them play at the same time, it makes each child wait to take a turn.

With the current software, this system isn't a good fit for preschoolers, but can be fun for 5- to 7-year-olds looking to play video games. You might want to consider it if you have a child who is between 5 and 7 years old and he/she has older siblings who are gaming -- this is a way to help the younger sibling fit in. However, if your objective is to provide quality learning in a gaming format, choose Leapster instead.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether games that combine entertainment and education are as fun as games without an educational component. Why or why not? Families can also discuss playing the roles of their favorite characters. Which character do you like to play as?

Game details

  • Platforms: VSmile
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: VTech Electronics
  • Release date: December 3, 2004
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: NR

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