VTech InnoTab Software - Monsters University
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Monsters University is a collection of activities including an eBook, a game, and a creative photo tool. The range in skills needed to complete the adventure mode of the game may challenge some kids. It includes simple tasks like finding the grayed out letter of a word (which is still visible) on the screen, and ranges up to addition with at least one double-digit number and counting by threes. Because the controls don't always respond properly, kids may also get the idea that they have chosen a wrong answer, rather than they have just tapped the screen too quickly or slightly off a hotspot. 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.
What's it about?
Learn about how Mike and Sulley became friends back in college in VTECH INNOTAB SOFTWARE - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. Kids can read along with the eBook, which highlights the words and includes an illustrated glossary of terms. Then they can play along as Mike and Sulley train for and participate in the Scare Games. There are 9 different mini-games in adventure mode, and they can be unlocked for free play. The games involve puzzles, memory, observation, math, reading, and comparison. They get increasingly more difficult as you play through the adventure, but kids can choose between easy and difficult settings in free play. Kids can also take their own Monsters University photos with special frames and virtual props.
Is it any good?
VTech InnoTab Software - Monsters University has a great range of activities. Whether kids feel like reading, being creative, playing a "video game," or practicing their math skills, there are enough options to keep things fun. The controls can be a bit finicky, making for a frustrating experience if you're trying to pass a level. Kids need to complete a level to move on in adventure mode and the range of skills required may make that impossible for some. While there will be plenty for younger kids to enjoy, it is likely that it will appeal more to kids at the high end of the recommended 4-7-year-old spectrum.
Families can talk about...
Families can set up a hunt for kids to find their own flag collection.
They can play a board game where kids can only take a turn if they answer an addition or subtraction problem correctly.
They can practice counting by twos and threes.
|Subjects:||Math: addition, sequences, subtraction |
Language & Reading: reading, spelling, vocabulary
|Skills:||Tech Skills: digital creation |
Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||June 24, 2013|
|Topics:||Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Numbers and letters|
|ESRB rating:||NR |