A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about pet care, work on reading and vocabulary, and practice colors, shapes, and numbers through a series of mini-games and activities with the Bubble Guppies. They'll count as they dole out dog food and water, and they'll match shapes and colors through a game of Fishketball with Bubble Puppy. There's even an ebook that highlights words as read and define some of the special words. With the Bubble Guppies, kids learn about pet ownership and care while also practicing early learning skills.
Kids are encouraged to nurture and care for their pets.
Positive Role Models
The Bubble Guppies characters help kids learn about pet care.
Ease of Play
Game instructions are clear, but some of the controls (dragging and flicking) may be tricky for younger kids. Most of the games use the stylus, but some use the motion sensor. The mini-games have two difficulty levels.
Products & Purchases
This is based on a popular television franchise with many products available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Bubble Guppies encourages kids to nurture virtual (and, by proxy, live) pets. If your child is already clamoring for a pet, this will only make things worse. On the other hand, they're asked to think about the pet's needs and how to care for them. Some of the games ask kids to choose objects that match a pet, but the answers may not be obvious for all kids (is it common knowledge that horses play with balls?), and there's no explanation given for wrong answers. 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.
Is It Any Good?
VTech InnoTab Software - Bubble Guppies features characters that young kids know and love in games they will enjoy. Preschoolers can't help but enjoy feeding Bubble Puppy (counting out pieces of food as they go), giving him a bath, and leading him through an obstacle course. The Bubblestorm quiz game requires some knowledge preschoolers may not have (where specific animals live, what they eat, and what they play with), and there's a missed opportunity to explain why an answer is incorrect. It also requires holding an object with the stylus and dragging, which may be tricky for younger kids. A game called Fishketball has similar control challenges, asking kids to "flick" a ball with the stylus. This requires not only fine motor skills but good timing. In the end, kids will be charmed by the characters and, with seven mini-games, should find plenty of replay value, even if they don't enjoy a few of the games.
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