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Science Papa (Wii)

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Genre: Arcade & Platform / Release Date: 2009-10-30 / Published by Activision

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      31.12.2010 02:21
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      Highly Recommended for New Gamers

      Science Papa is for little boys, what the popular Cooking Mama is for girls. It retails at around £10 and is available from many websites for even less. The games doesn't have a whole lot of actual substance, but as far as Wii training games for youngsters - this is one of the good ones. It's main purpose seems to be to get little hands moving around using various Wii techniques, to get them used to the controls. Our grandson has a lot of trouble with his hand-eye co-ordination, and so he really benefits from this. This is one of the few games he can successfully do in fact.

      The game involves asking children to undertake some basic science experiments. They don't need to understand the contents of the game (such as being asked to make a blanching agent!), they just need to be able to follow the simple on screen instructions to hold down the B button and move the Wiimote in circular motions, or press A and then move the Wiimote from side to side etc. That's about all this game involves. Sounds like a bit of a waste of money to some I'm sure, but for our youngster it's been really useful. He hasn't been able to manage any other Wii games except Mario Kart so far.

      The graphics in this game are acceptable - not great but not bad either. The game moves at a reasonable pace too. The sound effects are inoffensive and cheery, which will appeal to a lot of little ones I think. I'd probably say that this game is good for children aged four years right up to eight years of age, depending on how good they are at using a Wiimote. It's good for any young lad who's not yet familiar with the Wiimote responses to be honest.

      Really and truly, this is just a training game. But as you're looking at paying £10 or less for a copy of this, I don't see that as being an issue. The grandson enjoys it, has found it very useful and has got a lot out of it. He enjoys being able to complete the simple experiments, and he likes the graphic responses too (eg sparks of light when an experiment has been mixed enough). He hasn't got all the way through this yet, but he's enjoying working his way through it slowly for ten minutes here and there. It's definitely doing a little something to help his hand-eye co-ordination, and he can follow the control instructions unaided at times, and with a few extra verbal pointers from us at others.

      Definitely recommended for youngsters who are new to using the Wii.

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