A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that VTech InnoTab Software - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an educational adventure title about young superheroes. There are some images of them fighting their foes as well as kicking and dicing their way through obstacles. The ebook is read aloud, but the content may be a bit mature for really little ones. One of the girls is "mugged" for her phone, and the word appears in the attached dictionary. Gameplay uses the stylus and tilt controls, although one mini-game has a timer feature that obscures parts of the screen, which can make it hard to complete some segments. The game is from a wildly popular franchise, which could get fans interested in playing or buying more items with these characters. 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?
VTECH INNOTAB LEARNING SOFTWARE - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES combines an ebook, anadventure game, and a creative photo tool in one package. Kids can read along with the ebook "Mousers Attack" to hear the story of Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo as they fight off some small robotic foes. The adventure portion of the game has kids exploring the sewers looking for keys; they'll need to play through a number of mini-games, such as swapping out puzzle pieces, destroying obstacles, or repairing broken electrical panels. There's a photo activity that lets kids take a picture and decorate it with special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed frames, as well as hats, facial hair, and so on. Finally, the Donnie's Idea section lets kids try to invent a machine by choosing a set of parts to insert into the device, thereby defining its functions.
Is it any good?
VTech InnoTab Learning Software - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a lot going for it: great characters, plenty of activities, and the chance to bring some action and adventure into the learning space. Fans of the series no doubt will enjoy engaging with the story and pretending to be on the team. There are some positive messages about teamwork and feeling like everyone isn't pulling their weight or that you aren't appreciated. But the educational content, which is quite good, feels somewhat scattered in terms of subject and skill level. It's great that kids have a chance to learn math, problem solving, and other skills, but they feel pasted on top of an established game. Although kids are likely to learn from this title, it may better serve as review. Your kids will enjoy their favorite characters, get a little adventure, and hopefully learn something along the way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Is the impact of violence reduced here because of the cartoonish presentation of violence? Could the game have been presented without any violence?
Talk about working as a team. What do you do if you have an argument or don't agree about something? How can you solve conflicts within the team?
- Platforms: InnoTab, InnoTab 2
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary
Math: arithmetic, counting, geometry, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, logic, problem solving
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: VTech Electronics
- Release date: November 19, 2014
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Numbers and Letters
- ESRB rating: NR
Themes & Topics
For kids who love math
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