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My five year old was desperate for a Nintendo DS for his Christmas this year and as most of his friends now have one, Santa gave in! He asked for this game to go with the DS as he is a big Scooby Doo fan and it has been advertised on some of the channels he watches and been displayed in the shops so we asked a relative to buy him it.
Now I know that the game has a great big 7 on the front of it but he is a bright 5 year old. He also plays loads of Wii games with no problem that are for 7 plus so we thought it would be OK. (And the other game he received for Christmas - Lego Batman- is 7 plus and he is having no problems with it).
The first few plays looked hopeful. The game seemed perfect for him to wander about and explore either as Shaggy or Scooby. However, as the game progressed more and more objectives popped up on screen - and this is where our problem lies. My wee boy can't read very well yet and is a long way from reading the objectives when they pop up. Not a problem if they come up once in a while as I don't mind helping out but at one stage it was literally every 2 minutes which was frustrating for both of us. He wants to do it by himself without his mum helping! I have played on and actually think the game looks pretty good. Loads of little challenges and different objectives for each of the characters (which you have to swap between) to complete but unfortunately pointless if you can't read very well or don't have an adult sitting doing the game with you at all times.
So while the game looks good and should be fine for any Scooby Doo fan that can read well it is not so great for any younger fans/kids that can't read so well yet! Perhaps though it may not appeal so much to 7 year olds and older who may like bigger boy games?
For us, I think this one will need to wait a while before we play it again - and we just need to hope that he is still a Scooby fan.