Product Type: 505 Games Nintendo DS games
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I Did It Mum, And Some Of It I'll Do Again, And Again.
I Did It Mum: Girl Version (DS)
Member Name: Rhiana
I Did It Mum: Girl Version (DS)
Date: 01/01/10, updated on 01/01/10 (99 review reads)
Advantages: very simple and easy for young children, most games are fun
Disadvantages: some games are too simple, not much to do after youv'e 'done it'
About 'I Did It Mum'
'I Did It Mum' is a series of games, that as far as I am aware are only available for the Nintendo DS. There is a range of games including ones specifically aimed at Girls or Boys. I chose the original game for Girls, which at the time was available for just under £10 on Amazon, although the price has increased since then.
Aimed at children aged 3+, this is described as 'A selection of 12 mini games to amuse your child and teach them simple concepts like Numbers and Colours'
Playing The Game
Keen to get stuck straight into her new console, this was the first game my Daughter chose to play on Christmas morning. I'm pretty clueless when it comes to video games and so my first ever review of one will be how we found it, with apologies if anything I state is obvious or any major technical details are missed.
First using the game required a little set up of entering the child's name, child and parent birthdays and the parent (me) recording encouraging and praising messages. This was very simple to do with clear instructions, and I was quite proud that I had managed to record 2 loving messages to my daughter without any problems. There is an instruction booklet, but we didn't need to use this.
You are then taken to the menu screen, and after the initial game this is where you begin. This screen is set out like a play room with the different games listed against relating objects. The games include drawing, colouring, jigsaw puzzles, spot the difference, picture matching, number guessing, feed the hamster, make lunch, dress up, match the sounds and instruments. To play the game of your choice, you simply touch the picture relating to the game with the stylus and are taken there.
Out of the twelve games, I would say 50% are very good and my daughter managed to pick them up easily and enjoy them. The colouring and drawing games are probably her favourites and involve either colouring a pre-drawn picture or drawing one of your own, with various 'brush' sizes and stamps. Matching the pictures and feeding the hamsters also score highly and keep her attention, while being easy to understand and with little or no text to follow.
The 2 poor games, in my opinion and judging from my daughter playing them, are the lunchbox and dress up game. The lunchbox one is so simple it has no entertainment to it all, simply requiring you to choose a selection of bizarre and unidentifiable foods to put in a lunchbox and that's it. The dress up game appears quite good to begin with, it's fun to choose different outfits for the girl character on screen, until you realise the choice is quite limited and very quickly you will have tried every combination.
The graphics are bright and colourful but very simple, which is fine for the targeted age range of this game. Despite never really playing on a computer game before, other than the cbeebies site, my daughter was able to easily work out what she needed to do without constantly asking me (unlike the Tinkerbell game which has proved totally inappropriate for her age). She has had plenty of quiet moments sitting down and playing this, leaving me to have a moment to get on with something else.
My daughter also really likes the positive phrases I have recorded onto the game, as well as the pre-recorded ones. Being quite a competitive child, she really does like praise, and was over the moon to hear me say 'well done' in her game. Personally I thought the sound was rubbish, and cringed at myself. The sounds for the rest of the game are quite repetitive, but not too tinny and annoying.
I Did It Mum has proved to be an ideal first game for my daughters DS. While some of the games are disappointing, the majority are engaging and simple enough for her to play alone and most are based on games she is already familiar with. There's no text for her to struggle with, and because they are mini games, there is no continuation to the games and she can pick them up at anytime and play for a while.
This game has already proved handy on a quite long car journey with my parents. Sitting alone in the backseat, she entertained herself for almost the full hour with the game, without shouting for help or getting bored. I'm not sure it's a game she will play for long periods of time, which is a good thing, rather that she will pick it up, play a couple of games and then move on.
Educationally, I don't really think she will learn much from the game, maybe some hand to eye co-ordination in the drawing at a push. But then I am always sceptical at claims that computer games are educational. In my opinion, they should be fun, and she certainly seems to find this game quite fun.
I Did It Mum is certainly a good first Ds game for young children, however I do think that 6 year olds and over may find this too simple and grow bored very quickly. At the moment my daughter is happy to play the same simple games over again, however I do think it has quite a short age limit on it. A lot of the games are completed easily and quickly, and there is nothing else to do other than start over again. The Lunchbox and Dress up games in particular are a case of 'done them once, now what?' I believe as an introduction to her games console this was a perfect choice, although I'm not expecting it to stay a favourite for too long as the novelty may wear off quickly.
I'd recommend the 'I Did it Mum' girls version to a parent about to buy a younger child, aged 3-5, their first DS, especially if they are new to computer games in general. For children who are confident readers or have more technical knowledge, however, I'd suspect this game may be somewhat under whelming and there may be better out there. Overall, I am pleased with my choice, and Hishyeness and his daughter's recommendation. And compared to the price of my son's games, is well worth the money I paid.
Summary: A great first game for little uns
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