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Peppa Pig is a cartoon character aimed firmly at the pre-school market. She is loud, and rude, and sometimes badly behaved, and kids seem to love her. It didn't surprise me at all to see there was a Peppa Pig game for the DS, as there seems to be a lot of branded products in the range, and as there are not that many DS games aimed at the very young children's market, then I decided that I would buy it for my two.
The game is for age 3+, which is very appropriate in terms of skill level and interest. My older son aged 5 does not bother much with this one any more, and would rather play with something more to his skill level, but my 3 year old still loves it.
I picked this up for a very reasonable cost of £6 a couple of years back, so you should definitely be able to get it for less than ten pounds. It is definitely worth this price in my eyes, as it has been played with a lot, and my boys like Peppa Pig, but I wouldn't describe them as huge fans.
Gameplay is very simple, so that a young child, once shown how to start the game should be able to navigate it with ease. It consists of smaller games designed to get the child using the stylus to make it work.
On turning on the game, the theme tune familiar from the programme starts to play while you type in the child's name, and then select whether to play as Peppa Pig, or her brother George. You are then taken to a new screen, and prompted to pick from 4 areas where you want to go.
The main area has a bigger box, and features the games that my children have had the most fun out of.
bursting bubbles - Peppa and George are sat in a bubble bath. The bubbles rise from the bath, and you need to use the stylus to pop as many of the bubbles as you can in a set time.
talk with parrot - Peppa and George play with their Grandma's parrot. On the bottom screen, there are 3 images. You can change these to make a short sentence about the characters from the series. Pressing a parrot icon makes Peppa say the sentence you create, and then the parrot repeats her. The sentences are very silly, and my boys will sit for ages making up different sentences for the parrot to say, in fits of giggles. I would say this is their favourite bit and most played with on the game.
happy Mrs Chicken - Mummy pig has this as a computer game on the cartoon. There is a picture of a chick on the screen. Touching the chick with the stylus makes it lay an egg, and make a 'farting' noise. Amusing for a short while, but not that engaging.
hide and seek - If you are Peppa, George runs off and hides, and you need to go round the house looking for where he is. When you find him, he runs off again, and hides in another place for you to find. This is quite fun. There are bits that are flashing on the screen to show you places to look, like in cupboards, toy boxes, behind the chair, and in bed. It is simple but works well.
make pancakes - This one is a little tricky to play compared to the others. There is a bowl of pancake mix. You need to pour some into the frying pan and then flip the pancake. The kids again only play this one for a short while as they find it a bit hard to do the pouring, but they do like the flipping to see if they can make the pancake flip up high enough to go onto the top screen. They always seem to want my help for the pouring bit.
muddy puddles - use the stylus to make Peppa and George jump in muddly puddles. As you jump the puddles disappear, so you need to find a new puddle to jump in. This is true to the cartoon, but a bit boring after a while.
colour pictures - There are 8 pictures from the series. By selecting a picture, you can then use the stylus to select a colour, and tap on parts of the picture to colour it in. It colours whole panels at a time, rather than the child colouring, so limited fun to me.
picture viewer - This allows you to look at any colouring you have done and saved.
Area 3 - games
watch and repeat - The family are in a car. You need to press the button you are shown. Pressing buttons makes things happen to the car, like the sun roof go in, the windscreen washers work, the radio play, and so on. You need to get it right or the game is over.
fly a kite - Pick your own kite, and then fly it without letting any rain drops fall on you. The rain drops fall from the top screen, so this one requires some concentration.
make a snowman - Use the stylus to continually draw in a circle on the screen to collect snow and roll two
snow balls that make your snowman. Then select it some clothes to wear.
wash the car - Mildly amusing, as you need to use the stylus to control a soapy sponge and a hosepipe in order to wash the car. George is in the way, so the kids like to get him in the face rather than wash the car. Keeps them entertained for a short while.
The final area is a high scores record from all of the games.
My overall opinion is that there is enough here in the game to suit the attention span and skills ability of the average 3-5 year old. My son could use it at 2, but gets more out of it now at 3. You don't have to be a big Peppa fan to enjoy playing it, and it is not necessary to have seen the show.
It is not good enough for them to get addicted to playing it, which is a good thing. It is something that will occupy a short amount of time, and they will then want to move on to another game. It is good enough for them to want to come back to it after a while. So I feel it was £6 well spent in how long it has entertained them for and the fun they have had with it. I have peace of mind they are occupied safely and appropriately, and having quite a good giggle while they are doing it.
It's probably fair to say that if you have a child of five and under you will have come across Peppa Pig and her chums. She features on at least two tv channels, her face is plastered over many a back pack and t-shirt; there is a whole raft of Peppa merchandise of varying quality. This particular item, I'm happy to say is excellent and, if you have a four year old or under a great introduction to the nintendo ds in my opinion.
Peppa Pig the game features the whole Pig family, the graphics are very faithful to the programme and the voices and music are both authentic and will be instantly recognisable to a young player. I found that my four year old was able to pick up this game and play instantly, most of the play is via the touch screen and the stylus - she played on an old style rather antique ds but the game will work equally well on newer versions of the console. It's a fairly simple game that doesn't make full use of all of the possibilities of, for example, the dsi, however for the age range it is going to appeal to it's fun, intuitive and challenging enough to keep their interest. Though it is not particularly educational as such, playing with it is a valid use of their time and great for fine motor skills and working out how technology works; I think probably this game is best for the 3-6 year old age group, beyond that they are going to want to play with something more complex.
The game features 9 mini-games in all, all based on the show. The games are fairly varied, from a simple colouring in, washing the car and making pancakes - as featured in one of my child's favourite episodes of her piggy friend. My child particularly likes the game where she has to get "Happy Mrs Chicken" to lay eggs - this she has seen on the show and she finds it great fun to tap the screen to get the chicken to produce! She also like hosing the car via the stylus and constructing nonsense phrases for Peppa's parrot to play, making a snowman and bursting bubbles. Probably her favourite game is hide and seek, but "jumping in muddy puddles", a regular feature of the actual show is also recreated in a most fitting way, with Peppa, guided by your child, competing with George to jump in the mud. Some of the games can be played at a varying level of difficulty, with a timer either on or off, none of the games are particularly very challenging, a child won't feel they are "failing" as such when playing, which is probably a good thing at this age, there's gentle encouragement as you play from daddy pig who will tell you that you are doing "really well" or to keep going. There is an "achievements" board for high scores which unlocks some new elements, but it's all pretty low key fun stuff.
What I think is really good about this game is that the interface has been so well designed for the age at which it is aimed. Navigating the menu and the various options is quite simply child's play. Even the very youngest player can, in our experience, quickly understand that to exit any game you tap on the mini-door and ticks and crosses are used where there are various options for the child to choose, it's all very, very well done.
I don't think this is the most long lived of games, though my child has had it for a while and hasn't tired of it yet when it is produced to liven up a wait at the doctor's or other idle 10 minutes or so, I can imagine that, judging from her sister, she will grow out of Peppa Pig and hence this game fairly quickly. That said I would still recommend this game, for which I paid a reasonable £7.99, if your child likes Peppa Pig and if the game is for occasional use. We are fast discovering that the quality of nintendo games really varies, and this is one of the better ones, I've even been known to have a quick go myself, but find mainly that my child needs just a little supervision to play this game, which she really enjoys. There is now a second Peppa game available, which we haven't tried; this one is fun, faithful to the most excellent Peppa show and seems to have been designed with kids in mind. Highly recommended.
I havn't bought my twin boys many DS games for Christmas as the ones I have been buying I have been trying out myself first to see if they are any good.
As my twin sons are only young I was concentrating on the age reccomendation of the DS games and characters that they like.
One of the games I have bought them is Peppa Pig 'The Game'.
This for me is perfect for any young child, who is just beginning with the gaming world and learning about the actual world to. Note Dooyoo'ers this is NOT one for adults lol.
I'm terrible for loving children's games, and I love storymode games where you play throughout the story, such as Toy Story, so I was a little disapointed when I learnt that this is not a story mode game and is actually aimed at young children, like it's supposed to be! *Sulks* lol
There are different games to play, but your child doesn't have to do them in any particular order, they can just pick and choose, until they probably find their favourites and stick to them. Some of the games offer two options, the timed option which is a little more difficult as your child has to complete the tasks in the allotted time, or the untimed version.
To play the games your child either has to use the buttons or the stylus, mainly the stylus in fact. Although for a very young child such as my 3 year olds this may sound difficult, the tasks they have to do are extremely straightforward and there is literally no difficulty in using the stylus to play these games.
The game has a narrator, the same as in the Peppa Pig programme itself who sometimes talks throughout the games telling us what Peppa and George are doing. Any music or sounds throughout the games are the same as what are heard on the programme also making this very exciting and much more appealing for a young child too.
Muddy Puddles has to be the main game to mention as this is Peppa Pig's favourite thing to do in the programme so was bound to feature in 'The Game' somehow. Muddy puddles appear on the screen, and your child has to tap the stylus on the muddy puddles to make Peppa 'jump in muddy puddles', they have to try and jump in as many Puddles as they can simply by tapping the muddy puddle space. The puddles don't appear too quickly nor disapear too quickly either so the game is not rushed nor frustrating for a child it's just a way for them too enjoy one of their favourite characters, favourite games.
This is basically how all the games work, your child has to tap the screen to find george in hiding places in the game of Hide and Seek, or to colour in pictures they will have to tap on their chosen colour and then their chosen space on a picture shown, this is actually a good way for a child to learn colours or even items of clothing, all this can be done in the Colouring In activity. Your children can wash Daddy Pig's car, again just by tapping the screen on the car that's shown, to either spray water on it or wash it with a sponge, another easy and straightforward game, this one called, yes you've guessed it Carwash. The other games are all easy, straightforward and so simple to play and learn, and for a young child, enjoy to. Every game is basic and simple, but they are perfect for a younger child to play so I am really glad I bought it.
These games can help encourage hand eye co-ordination skills, concentration and most importantly independance I've noticed. The entertainment aspect of this DS game is the fact it is based around the Peppa Pig programme and it's characters, this for a child is brilliant, they have control of some of their favourite characters, get to hear the familiar Peppa music, and listen to the voice of the likes of Peppa and George too. The actual games however are definitely for children learning and developing their skills.
I bought this game for my youngest son sometime ago now, and it still remains to be one of his favourite games.
I remember when we first got it, I set the DS up and handed it over to him to play, within a few minutes he got the jist of the game and was happily playing along, I popped to the kitchen to make a cuppa and heard my son giggling, I mean really proper giggling. Wondering what was amusing him so much I peeped around to see. He was splashing George Pig whilst washing the car and as George ran around trying to get away, my son was in hysterics!!!
The game is suitable from quite young, definatly 2 years old. I would say younger even as it's fun but would you really want to buy a DS for a child under 2??
There's eleven different games to play, and you can choose to play as either Peppa or George. The games include the car wash one I mentioned above, build and dress a snowman, Pancake flipping and more.
It has three different modes ~ Easy, Medium & Hard. This is good as when your child has played it on easy, you can up it to medium and then hard to make it a little more challenging.
You can find what game you want to play easily as they are all layed out in pictures.
I would recommend this game for any Peppa Pig fan and can be bought cheaply now. Amazon have it for £7.76, but I also came across it pre-owned in game for £7.
I think the children like this game as it's highly amusing and fun. It's simple to follow and great for younger children.
Full list of games ~
Happy Mrs. Chicken
Hide and Seek
This is a really straightforward game which is very much suited to the pre-school bracket.
What is important to realise here is that basically this 'game' is actually being marketed in part as an educational and developmental programme as well as for its entertainment value.
In the instruction booklet under how each game is played is an explanation of the skills the game will help develop in your child as they play. For example, under the game 'Parrot' it states that: 'Words and phrases put together to make the Parrot speak is a good way to encourage children's own communciation skills. Lots of fun can be had developing vocabulary amd making up sensibe and silly things for the Parrot to say.' (see below)
Rather than a story based game this one is made up of short, simple games as well as having a colouring activity where children can choose and colour in pictures, saving up to eight of them at a time to create a picture gallery. You need the DS stylus to play this and all other games.
The games range from flipping pancakes to getting polly parrot to speak by choosing items and then listening whilst peppa constructs a sentence out of it to teach polly, whereby fairly amusing combinations (for a 3+ year old) can be produced (e.g. Suzy Sheep is a funny banana)!
The games can be played against a time limit or without a time limit in free play which is good as some young children do not like the pressure of having a time limit. The only downside being, if they choose not to play against the clock they cannot obtain stars in the Achievement screen and thereby unlock additional items or features.
In two of the games (Muddy Puddles and Kite Flying) you can choose to play as either Peppa or George otherwise they both feature together in most of the other games.
I bought the Peppa Pig DS game for my 3 year old daughter and unlike some other DS games rated 3+ it really is perfect for her age.
My daughter needs very little help with the game, all I have to do is pick the level for her and she's off! There are 3 levels of difficulty so you can adjust the level accordingly for your child.
The game is made up of 11 games which I will list below:
Burst the bubbles
Happy Mrs Chicken
Hide and Seek
My daughter loves all the games but colouring in and pancake flipping are her favorites.
The games can all be played in timed or untimed modes. If you play the games timed the child starts to achieve things. For example when they have coloured 2, 4 and 8 pictures they get a new picture to colour as a reward.
Using the stylus pen helps to improve hand and eye co-ordination which is a big plus for me. My daughter is a total whizz with the stylus pen now!
Reading through other reviews I have seen that some people think the games are too short, I see this as a good thing as a three year olds attention span is pretty short anyway and they can just move on to playing one of the other 10 games easily.
The only thing that I do not like with this game is that it plays the peppa pig theme song constantly which is very irritating after a while!
The peppa pig DS game is available from £8.99 on amazon.co.uk
I just bought this for my daughter and after having a play on it I think she will love it.
The game is designed for 3 years plus and I think holly aged nearly 4 will be able to play the easy level well, There are 3 difficulty levels so if it does become to easy you can always adjust the level.
The game is made up of 11 games ranging from popping bubbles in the bath, dressing snowmen up to colouring in.
My fave is pancake flipping I just thing its really simple and addictive and i cannot wait to show holly what she needs to do.
Theres unlockable content that you get when you get further into the gam stuff like extra colouring in pictures and kites. The games is also really educational the use of the stylus is designed to imoprove hand to eye co-ordination the car trip is designed to help improve memory and anything that can teach a three year old without them even knowing it is fine by me.
All in this game is a really fab way to introduce your child to the nintendo ds and to help improve their confidence in pen control.
The Nintendo DS appeals to kids and adults alike because of its portability, ease of use, and interactivity. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of buying a DS game for young children is that there is very little decent information available about such titles. In these financially conscious times, most parents will think twice about shelling out typically £15 to £30 for a game without knowing something about it.
Most gamers would never go near titles such as "Barbie Princess" or "Littlest Pet Shop" which means, apart from the odd newspaper or magazine review, the only source of information comes from reviews by parents themselves. Obviously, we can only guesstimate what our kids will like, so its left to me to be as objective as possible, with the necessary limitation that I'm seeing things through the eyes of an adult.
A BIT ABOUT PEPPA
Peppa is an anthropomorphic girl pig with her own animated series that airs daily on Channel Five and Nick Jr. Each five minute episode is aimed squarely at the pre-school market, and like all "good" kids TV franchises, Peppa has spawned a cornucopia of merchandising running the gamut from plush dolls, DVD's, toys, games to the now inevitable character tie-in computer game.
Peppa is something of a bossy boots and has a veritable menagerie of friends with alliterative names (Danny Dog, Zoe Zebra, Rebecca Rabbit etc.). She lives with her Mummy and Daddy and baby brother George in a house on top of a hill. My daughter and her friends are quite taken with her, so when I saw this DS game on sale at Amazon for £11.99, I thought it would be a brilliant way to keep my daughter entertained on car journeys.
The "game" is actually a series of eleven separate interactive activities, including colouring in, dressing up, playing hide and seek, memory and counting, as well as other simple to play games - each of which is presented with the recognisable Peppa Pig animation and character voices. On most of the games, you can choose "free play", or the more challenging option of a "timed" game. Playing and achieving a certain aptitude unlocks additional content, giving kids a palpable sense of achievement and reward.
You can play either as Peppa or baby brother George, but game play does not differ depending on the character. It's only function appears to be to allow boys to play as a boy and girls to play as a girl. There is a difficulty setting in the options, allowing the game to be customised for varying age groups (easy, medium, and hard).
The game includes a very helpful instruction booklet which I would encourage parents to read, as it:
(a) explains the controls for each mini-game (some are not that intuitive);
(b) summarises the "educational" benefits of each; and
(c) outlines each of the rewards a child is capable of achieving on each game and what they will unlock by doing so.
The latter is particularly thoughtful and useful.
Once you get past the title screens, the instantly recognisable theme music pipes up and you are presented with three save slots (allowing more than one child to play and save progress). You fill in your name using the touch screen "keyboard", choose your character and segue into a very busy interactive and animated main menu.
There are four areas to explore, and touching one on screen takes you to a sub-menu where you pick the game you want to play. Each game is prefaced by verbal and pictorial instructions which are intuitive and easy to follow.
Following is a brief description of some of the mini-games:
> Muddy Puddles
Tap on the muddy puddles that appear to make George and Peppa jump into them. If you do nothing, they jump anyway, by you are told off for being too slow and encouraged to try again. Jump into as many as possible during the time limit. A decent total earns a robust and cheery "Well done!" from the narrator. Strangely and hypnotically addictive.
The interactive screen gives you three variable icons. The first is a Peppa character, the second a pictorial representation of an adjective, and the third an object. You choose the variables, touch the Polly Parrot icon, and she repeats them back to you (ex. George + silly hat + monkey = "George is a silly monkey"). It's entertaining in a very juvenile and silly way, and my daughter gets a lot of amusement value from it - although it has started to annoy me a bit as she is now using it to insult me in ever more creative ways ("Daddy is a happy banana"?!).
Choose from eight pictures and use a palette of around 15 colours by tapping on it with your stylus and then using it to "colour" the picture. It's not like "real" colouring in - the stylus isn't used as a pencil or brush - instead you colour whole areas by tapping that area with the stylus. The smaller areas are quite fiddly for little fingers. Progress can be saved and a separate "Picture Viewer" function allows you to see the pictures you have coloured in.
> Hide and Seek
Find your hiding sibling as many times as possible by tapping the red glowing dots in each room of the house. Once you find them, they flee to another room and you do it over again as many times as possible within the time limit. It's not entirely obvious at first that you have to tap the inanimate door to move to another room - something that really frustrated my daughter no end. It would have helped to have either animated the door, or highlighted it in some way as a visual clue to the player.
You pour the pancake mixture by moving the mixing bowl over the frying pan, and then flip the pancakes three times by moving the pan up and down and catching the pancakes as they come down. You have to try and get as many as possible within a time limit (if you choose that mode). My daughter found the action of pouring the mix frustratingly fiddly and imprecise at times, although she did have fun with it once she got the hang of it.
> Kite Flying
You choose a kite shape and have to fly it while avoiding the raindrops falling down from the clouds on the top screen. The raindrops come more rapidly the deeper into the time period you get. More kites are unlocked as you play and achieve better scores. Quite simple, easy and intuitive to play and well realised.
Also included are:
(a) Burst the Bubbles - Pop the bubbles as George and Peppa are taking a bath;
(b) Snowman - Make a snowman and dress him up in various outfits;
(c) Car Wash - Soap up the mud on Daddy's car with the sponge, and then use the spray nozzle to wash it all off;
(d) Car Trip - A simple memory game where a series of coloured buttons on the bottom screen flash in sequence, and the player has to repeat them in the right order; and
(e) Happy Mrs Chicken - A rather limited game in which you tap Mrs Chicken, she makes a noise and lays an eggs (corresponding with how many times you poked the poor hen). The eggs hatch, the chicks leave. That's it. A bit pointless really.
The intro screens, when you first turn on the game take at least 30 seconds to cycle through, and tested my patience - never mind that of a four year old. Game play throughout is simple, accessible and perfectly suited for its intended audience (pre-school girls). It makes good use of the Nintendo DS' interactive touch screen.
However, some games have very limited replay value and can be fiddly in parts. My intention was to use this as a substitute babysitter, but my daughter, who is not easily frustrated, does not like to play it without adult help, so its kind of defeated the purpose of buying it.
Once the novelty of having a Peppa game wore off, she didn't come back to it in the same way as she has done with other games of similar ilk (Disney Friends and I Did It Mum 1 & 2 being notable successes). Having tried many of the games myself for this review, I can see why - even from a subjective adult point of view.
I normally take a somewhat cynical view of games like this that try to disguise blatant merchandising with claims of educational value. However, there are some useful learning and developmental benefits. Colouring, hand eye coordination, counting skills, perseverance and decision-making are all encouraged by the mini-games, but to pretend this is the main focus is somewhat disingenuous. Many similar games can claim to do the same thing and actually do it much better.
At just under £12, this game hardly broke the bank. The characters and voice acting are consistent with the Peppa Pig programme and provide an instantly recognisable background to some interesting, diverting yet ultimately average mini-games with limited re-playability.
Suitable for ages three to six (maximum), if your child is a fan, it's not bad, but there is nothing memorable or exceptional about it. Without the character content, I would have given in two stars. That said, it's decent value for money, especially as you can pick it up for less than a tenner on eBay, but otherwise, there's better options available.
© Hishyeness 2009
Join in Peppa and George's favourite games and activities. Play as either Peppa Pig or George to complete 11 highly enjoyable games and activities including: Muddy Puddles, Happy Mrs. Chicken, Bubble Bath, Kite Flying, Car Trip, Pancake Flipping, Carwash, Parrot, Snowman, Hide and Seek and Colouring In.