I Did It Mum is this small franchise on the Nintendo DS where you have got games aimed at the younger audience. Recently I played I Did It Mum, Boy.
The game is aimed at the males as you can perhaps tell by the name of the game itself. You are going to see things in this game which a boy would appreciate and this is going to range from vehicles to simple instructions.
This is a game which has many parts to it and one of those is drawing. You have a plain background and you have the ability to use the stylus and use various colours to paint a picture. You cannot however save that picture but you can draw what ever you wish.
When playin this it was easy to notice that the game likes to let the child explore and do whatever they wish so it is exciting for them as a doodle pad might be. Along with the drawing there is a colouring in page.
I actually liked the colouring in page because you can colour in images of vehicles such as tanks and racing cars and there is a big difference with this part of the game as well. When you usually colour in an object you select a colour and then try to draw inside the lines whilst this game lets you pick various parts and it colours those areas in for you with the colour you selected.
Besides drawing which might seem boring to some you have games the boys might like such as racing. You have a very small grid with the options of driving a school bus, police car or a taxi and need to use the controls to reach a destination. If you get there great but it is fun seeing a child enjoying themselves with a game which is not violent.
There is a counting game where a child needs to count certain pictures he might see and also a picture match where a child needs to find a pair of cards. These are some of the games which are good and enjoyable but at the same time when there is good parts to a game there is going to be bad parts as well.
The main menu on the game is designed like a jigsaw board and there is many areas scattered around to explore and another of these is hitting monsters on the head. This is similar to whack a mole a game I used to play and little monsters appear out of the holes and you need to use a mallet to hit them down again and score points.
Although the game sounds fun it would be if the game went quick enough to keep up. If a child happens to hit the screen with the stylus where a monster has been usually the game is to slow to pick up this movement resulting in the final score looking much weaker then it should be.
There is also a train station where a train goes around on a loop and you can alter what sort of train it is and speed but that is it. You cannot alter the track or change the course of the train so again I am not sure how a child would find that remotely interesting to them.
I think the drawing, and colouring part is clever and it keeps a child entertained and I like how they use toys a boy might like with tanks and racing cars to help make the motivated. They can even play musicle instruments and record what they did to show off to friends afterwards.
I would say graphics wise the game is pretty good and it is aimed at children so they are not going to moan about it in my view but with some of the games lacking any sort of game play speed this is a problem.
I enjoyed some of the sounds as they are clear and I think some of the games will help a child if they are bored and want something to do. Personally I think it would appeal to many people and it was priced at £4 in a car boot sale with the second installment of the game as well so unsure if this is still in stores anywhere.