Product Type: Ubisoft Nintendo DS games
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Peppa Pig: The Game (DS)
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Peppa Pig: The Game (DS)
Advantages: cheap, simple games kids can play themselves without help.
Disadvantages: not a lot to it, so they soon master it and want to move on.
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.
Summary: I've learned to switch my brain off from the annoying jingles, and let the kids play it.
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