VTech InnoTab Software - Brave

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Learning game based on movie has archery target shooting.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of fractions, inequalities, logic, and shape comparison. They can also learn about making good choices through Merida's story.VTech InnoTab Software - Brave encourages kids to use math, logic, and problem solving as they play games based on the movie's storyline.

Positive Messages

Merida learns the importance of family and has to make amends for a wrong.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Merida's parents are firm, but loving. Eventually, they are able to support her when she makes her own decisions.

Ease of Play

One of the games requires kids to tilt and shake the device to navigate obstacles. It is sometimes overly sensitive. 

Violence & Scariness

Characters shoot targets with a bow and arrow. There is a fight and some light sword play. Kids may be scared when Merida's mother is transformed by a spell.

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Consumerism

The game is based on the movie of the same name, which has a range of products available.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Brave tells the same story as the movie, which does include some moments of peril and images of fighting and light swordplay. Kids will use a bow and arrows in target practice. The storyline contains a lot of witchcraft and magical elements, including a spell gone awry. Editor's Note: This game's publisher, VTech, experienced a breach of parent and student data on November 14, 2015. Click here for more information.

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What's it about?

VTECH INNOTAB SOFTWARE - BRAVE follows the story of Princess Merida as she struggles between her parents' expectations and her own dreams. When, in desperation, she seeks the help of a crafty witch, things start to go downhill. Merida must make things right, fend off danger, and keep it all secret from her father. The VTech InnoTab Software - Brave cartridge includes an eBook of the story, as well as 3 learning games, and two activities. Kids help Merida make some spells with the witch, navigate a horse through obstacles, and practice archery, and then guide Merida's brothers through the castle in search of a key. While doing all that, kids practice logic, problem solving, and math (fractions!). They earn gems to use in the activity area, which includes designing your own tapestry or archery course.

Is it any good?

VTECH INNOTAB SOFTWARE - BRAVE is a wonderful package. The games challenge kids to solve puzzles, explore, and engage in the story. The game provides many options for designing a tapestry and a clever reward system that encourages kids to return to the games to earn more gems. And for those who prefer some arcade-style gaming, the build-your-own archery course is sure to be a hit. The activities all seamlessly join together and none of them feel superfluous. It's also refreshing to have a "girl's game" focused on problem-solving and math. But have no fear, this title will appeal to boys as well once they see all of the activities. VTech InnoTab Software - Brave is an all-around quality title that kids can enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning through games. What can you learn here?

  • Bravery. What does it mean? When is a moment when you have been brave?

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