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VTech InnoTab Software - Pixar Play

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Movie-based games amuse; light on learning content, fun.

Game InnoTab, InnoTab 2 2014
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VTech InnoTab Software - Pixar Play has a lot going for it, including some of the most beloved Pixar characters, a claw game, and collectible toys. Kids are bound to find something they love and, depending on their ages and skills, may learn something along the way. "Woody to the Rescue" stands out for educational content and freedom to explore gameplay, as does the "Create a Monster" activity for creativity. The collection has some shaky points, though, including the fight scene with Zurg where kids have to tap on a letter that keeps moving from bubble to bubble at a fairly good clip. If the device doesn't register the tap the first time around (which happens frequently), the letter will move before you get to it again. Frustrating. "Dory's Memory Challenge" requires kids both to quickly find a shape formed by bubble fish among other shapes and then remember which rock they've hidden behind. If you're just learning shapes, everything moves a little too fast. The harder level adds in the written name of the shape to identify and more than one set of correct bubble fish.

The whole thing is hit or miss as to whether an activity is fun and has any real educational value. Chances are that most kids will find a couple of activities they really enjoy and play them over and over, making this a fine option for entertaining little Pixar fans but not the best for learning.

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