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Just bought this game recently as my son is nearly 2 years old and it won't be too long before he'll want to start playing on the Playstation and this game looked good to start with for him. I have been trying it out and it's better than I thought it would be.
My son has watched Bob the builder on TV and seems to love the character as I'm sure alot of kids do. This video game actually involves eleven different games and activities to choose from so it will take a while to get bored. There are also variable levels of difficulty. Below is a synopsis of those games:
Where's Pilcher is a game where you have work out where Pilcher the cat is sleeping. He is partially hidden behind an obstruction and his snores get louder as you get closer to him.
Bubble Trouble involves moving Rolly the steam roller to smooth out bubbles that are popping up all over the newly poured cement. If you pop enough of these bubbles within the time limit then you win. This seems great for teaching kids directions.
In porcupine rescue you have to use Lofty the Crane to correctly position pieces of pipe in a tunnel so that the porcupines will have a safe underground passage.
Travis' Race Day is a simple enough game where you play against a computer-controlled opponent and race your selection of machines around a track.
In scary spud you have to control spud the scarecrow as he chases the birds away before they eat all the seeds. This is nother great game for teaching children about directions. It is quite challenging as the crows come thick and fast.
With the next two games they are more little mini-games that allow your child to be creative. In Wendy's birthday you can create a birthday cake and decorate it and make Wendy and Bob perform different line-dancing steps.
Plumbing puzzles involves controlling Bob's movement with the direction buttons and he must fix the problems. In one he has to fix the heating in the house and in the other one you have fix the leaks in each room in the house.
There there are the can we build it? games in which Lofty the crane must demolish an old bridge with a wrecking ball and help him replace the demolished bridge by putting the correct pieces in the right places.
The games are varied and challenging enough to make things interesting and there are lot of teaching mechanisms such as directional problems, puzzle solving and shape recognition games. I think children will love this game and it will be educational to them too.
Bob The Builder is here at last on Playstation,and its better than I expected. In fact its Brilliant. Its an activity type game obviously designed for children, to encourage them to think things out for themselves. It is very easy for a child to play as only the directional buttons and the x button are used to control each activity, too many different buttons confuses a child. It all begins in Wendys office, above Wendy's head are the game options, use directional buttons to select your game. My children chose The Racing Game first, Scoop or Dizzy can race around a circuit three times against Travis, but beware as naughty Spud has put obstacles in their way. An exciting race to a small child. Next game was building a tunnel for the Hedgehog family underground, so they don't get run over. This is done by simply selecting the right piece of pipe,then moving it into position, push the x button and Lofty puts it into the correct place. You are given an outline of the pieces to help you see where they fit. Everything is made so simple, even my three year old is getting the hang of it. There are two levels of difficulty to suit different age groups. My little boys favourite game is the plumbing puzzle. Wendy hands Bob a piece of plumbing material, Bob then has to walk through different coloured rooms in the house til he finds where it has to go. Just press the x button and Bob turns to fix it in place. Again outlines are given to help. I particularly like this feature, as it stops a child getting frustrated if its too hard. There has been no expense spared to detail in any of the games, all characters move smoothly, the graphics are crystal clear and very colourful. The music is nice and cheerful. The detail to the characters, like their body movements and facial expressions are very realistic, impressive. My daughter likes decorating Wendys birthday cake, next to it are plates with chocolate butt
ons, candles and models of the characters, all of which you can place on the cake. Children do enjoy creating things themselves. This is just a small selection of games to play there are lots more and as children finish each one they are rewarded by a cheerful "Well Done!" which boosts their confidence. CAN YOU FIX IT ? well, you will have to find out for yourselves........