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My little girl loves Postman Pat and shortly before Christmas we came across a programme called Guess With Jess which is a tv show that now sees the loveable cat having his own show! Guess With Jess follows the adventures of Jess and his friends around Greendale Farm and it is aimed at children aged two to four. The show is a learning based show which Jess searches for answers to science and nature based questions. Every episode is based around a big question which Jess and his friends need to solve, and this doesn't come easy so learning is shown as a process and it shows children that they need to ask questions while thinking, exploring and trying things out!
As we hadn't ever heard of the show, my little girl didn't have any toys or books relating to Jess but she quickly decided that she would like to ask Father Christmas for Jess toys so it was placed on her Christmas list. My friend bought her an electronic game from the Jess range called Press and Guess With Jess. The game is a chunky plastic game board in the shape of a barn in which Jess lives. We see Jess peering over the top of the barn and a small picture of his friends just underneath as though they are looking out of a window to him. At the right hand side of the top of the barn there is a large green question mark with a paw print button as the base of the mark. It is next to this you will find the button with which you can decide which mode you wish to play. The barn doors are open, and inside you will see 16 picture squares showing the various characters and scenes from the show.
There are two game modes to choose from, mode one is the game where you can help Jess to find his friends hidden in the play barn. To start the game you simply press the paw print on the question mark and Jess will talk:
"Here's a clue....she's an animal" The child then needs to press on one of the pictured squares and if they press on the wrong square Jess will say try again and give a second clue "He's green" and this will make the child press the frog and they will hear "Thats right!
Mode Two is where do you want to go?The child presses a picture and will hear either an animal sound, phrase or the name of the place they have pressed on. The idea of mode two is that it is a memory game however it just doesn't work at all. In all honesty I was completely unaware that the second mode was a memory game until I looked the game up online as it seemed like quite a boring "game" simply pressing a button and just being told what the picture was. I must have sat there for around half and hour trying to work out how the memory game works and failed so I gave it to my mum who did the same and she couldn't work it out either - so either it just doesn't work or we are just unable to work out a childs toy!!
My little girl really does enjoy playing with this toy, and she can either play alone with the finding the friends or she can get me involved and we can play together. While she does enjoy playing the second game it is really only for a matter of a few minutes as it really is boring for her so she reverts back to the first game usually quite quickly. It is a real shame that it doesn't work correctly as I think a memory game would be a good thing for a toddler to play, and seeing my daughter playing other games that involve memory I think she would have been very good at it.
I would recommend the Press and Guess With Jess toy as it is good fun, but I would advise before purchase to make sure both games work, even though at the time we had no idea what the second mode was meant to be!
The RRP of the game is around £20 however you may find it a little cheaper online if you have a look around.
Thank you for reading my review :)