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This CD is several short games connected to make one large one, when the child has completed the everything they'll be able to access bonus games and clips from the film. The games are very simple but they have been designed so that they will also challenge a young child and make them think carefully about the move they are planning to make, you don't die with finality but too many wrong decisions and you'll have to start the game again. There's a cruel streak in me that would love to see Nemo flip over and float lifeless to the surface when you die in the game, but then the classification board would never pass the age 3+ rating!
Even though I've said the game is easy I think age 3 is a bit low because there are some awkward parts. The children who use it under my supervision are usually between 6 - 7 because the younger visitors to my office play with the toys instead of computer games and older children always choose different games.
I played the game myself last week because I started to write this review and realised that I did not know all of the game very well so I wanted to refresh my memory. I completed it in less than an hour and didn't find it a lot of fun because it was so (too) easy, it was nice to look at though because it's all under the sea and is so pretty and colourful. The characters are very cute and you'll recognise them easily from the film, most children will know Nemo and Dory but the other fish are so cute and friendly that they'll appeal even if they haven't seen Finding Nemo. The game is narrated by Nemo's dad and I think he was a good choice because he has a calm and gentle voice but it has authority so children will respond to it, he explains the games and introduces the movie clips in a simple manner that guides children in the right direction so they can access the next game or level without having to keep asking for help.
I recommend Nemo's Underwater World of Fun with the proviso that your child would personally be interested in the game. It's bright and colourful and the undersea setting makes it interesting, more interesting than swanning around a fairytale castle or battling ogres in a wood!
Our daughter recently came home with our grandson's first ever PC game, Finding Nemo. She didn't have time to get it set up before heading off to work so she charged Grandad with sorting it out (fool!).
Fortunately it wasn't difficult to get set up as it works with the start up wizard that most games do these days. So it was just a case of putting it in the drive and following the on screen instructions. It only took about ten minutes in all which I think is very reasonable for a first time installation. An icon appeared on the desktop so I could just double click it to get the game launched.
Although this is recommended for ages 3+ and our grandson is 4, do note that this requires a lot of adult help to work it out initially. I found we worked best with the grandson sat on my lap so I could oversee what he was doing and help out easily. To start with it's not easy to find where you have to click to get the seven various games going. So I did that bit. But then once we were inside each game, the grandson was able to do most of them without help.
The turtle swimming through the water trying to grab stars and avoid the other creatures was probably one of the easiest games on here. My grandson got what he was supposed to be doing immediately but still had some challenge from accidentally knocking into creatures and having to start again. So it was a good mix.
The music game was even simpler but held no challenge at all really. I think the point of it was more to encourage the kiddies to get to grips with a mouse than anything else. The grandson liked it well enough anyway. Feeding the shark was a game he just couldn't get to grips with and in fairness - nor could Grandad! It required quite a complex manipulation of the mouse to get it right and neither of us managed much. Perhaps that game is better for older users or those who've been playing it for a while.
Basically this is a games suite that helps young children to get to grips with a mouse and to learn the basic principals behind using a computer. I think it does that in a very entertaining way even if the games aren't all tailored to the same age. Maybe that's a good thing though as if all the games were suited to three year olds then this game would be redundant after six months. As it is, there are still things on here for my grandson to learn as time goes on.
The graphics on here are very good and it's like you're seeing the actual Finding Nemo film on screen. The music is excellent too and the voices in the game are pretty well dubbed. I still remember the days of Discworld where the characters all moved their mouths twenty seconds after the dialogue came through the speakers so perhaps I'm not so great a judge of sound quality? But to me I thought it was good.
This had a bargain price sticker on it of £4.99 and on the Amazon site it's priced at £5.10 so this is a pretty low priced game. For the price I think this is an excellent buy and a great cheap way to introduce youngsters to computers.
Play seven fun-filled games with Nemo and his pals; Play as any of the film's characters; Explore realistic underwater environments