- Frustrating if you don't know Spanish Review by Amy
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My 4 yr old daughter loves Dora, so, of course, her grandparents bought her the Dora the Explorer game when we got her the Leappad Explorer for her birthday. However, this game, unlike most of the other ones she has gotten, really frustrated her, reducing her to tears, for the first couple of weeks when she played it.
Much like the Dora TV show, the game often gives ONLY the Spanish word for the directions. It says, in English, to move the block with the correct number to the correct place (they have to be done in the order the game says the numbers, not numerical order). But then it only says the numbers in Spanish. It does the same thing with the color of the fishes. The directions are in English, but it only names the colors in Spanish. Same tactic when it gives directions for moving up/down/left/right to climb the walls.
The game IS a very good one for teaching number recognition, colors, and directions...not to mention teaching the child some Spanish. If you decide to buy this game and your child does not already know Spanish, let me save you the hours of anguish we experienced. Once the direction is given in Spanish, if you tap the question mark ? button on the screen, the direction will be repeated in Spanish, a pause, THEN it will say the word in English. Of course, my daughter is stubborn, so it took a week for her to accept that for this particular game she had to keep tapping that ? button, which she doesn't need for the other games. Now she knows some of the Spanish words (like the word for up) and does not have to use the ? button all the time.
My little girl is only 4, at the low end of the suggested age range, but she has mastered the majority of the game now that she knows how to get the English directions. The one place that she has real difficulty is with the part where you have to swing Dora back and forth across the pits and then let go at the right time. Expect to have to help your little one with that part of the game, if they are younger. That is one of the few things in any games that she has needed my help with.
Any huge Dora fans are going to beg for this game, but I would recommend either trying to steer them to other ones first OR plan on sitting down with your child and helping them for an hour or so the first time they try to play this one because it is a lot more frustrating and hard for the little kids to figure out than the other games.
(Posted on 21/05/12)