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Peppa pig pc game
Peppa Pig Activity Centre (PC)
Member Name: xmum2threex
Peppa Pig Activity Centre (PC)
Advantages: Simple fun
Disadvantages: Tends to crash
Installing the game
For this game to work on your pc it needs System Requirements OS Windows 2000/XP/Vista. All I had to do was place the disc in my computer wait for it to load then it begins installing and you have to agree to general terms and conditions of use and you are ready to go. It automatically created a shortcut for us which are a nice little picture of Peppa so my children know exactly what to click on to get the game to work.
That is all there is too it then you are ready to go and play the activities. Once you click into the game you come to a menu for the activities it has George and Peppa standing in the middle with 4 activities written on each side of the screen for you to choose from. It is al in colour lovely ad bright and the words for the activities are fairly large so it is easy to read.You then just click in to which activity you would like to play and it will take you to a new screen.
The games included
Rock, Paper, Scissors- This is a simple game you can only choose to play against the computer and then at the bottom of the screen there are the three options rock paper or scissors and you choose which you would like to play. My children love this game and waiting to see if they have beaten the computer each game is a best out of three matches and so there is lots of fun to be had.
Noughts and Crosses- This is as it says a game of noughts and crosses you can choose to play against a friend or against the computer and then fill the grids until one of you has 3 in a row. The only thing about this game is there are no characters in sight and so my children wanted to see the characters playing which could have been done like the sudo pigs but it is not too much of a problem it is still god fun and great for a brain work out for my children.
Snakes and Ladders-This is a classic game board of snakes and ladder and you can play with up to four players. Each player is represented by a Peppa pig character and you take it in turns to roll the dice until somebody reaches the top of the mat and wins. The simple concept is fun and all the family can join in even if it is played on a computer rather than a game board.
Memory Game - In this game you are taken to a menu of easy medium or hard and once you pick which you would like to play you are taken to a beach scene with a set of cards laid out with the characters of Peppa pig on them. They are all in black and white and the computer will light a pattern up in colour for little one to follow. Each time they get it right clapping sound effects are heard and each time the game gets a little more difficult by adding in another character to the sequence.
Sudopigs- This is based on the game Sudoku little one has to build boxes with the numbers 1-4 so that all of the boxes run in sequence. Again this is another challenging game but it is fantastic for making them think and concentrate on the task in hand. There are erase buttons in case they go wrong and you can set different themes so rather than numbers you can have Peppa pig characters to introduce little one in to the idea of forming a pattern and then when you ease them on to the numbers they can figure out that the same concept is put in to action. There are two options easy or hard the first easy being just 4 boxes of 4 and the second being 8 boxes of 4 making it more difficult. My children at first did not like this but once they figured what they needed to do they love sitting with mummy and trying to complete the puzzles.
Pig Solitaire - This was one of the more difficult games for my children you are took to a page to choose if you want an easy or hard game. Once you click into it you are taken o a scene of space and there are stars with Peppa pig on some of the stars while others are just pictures of the stars them self. You have to choose a Peppa and then click to a free star jumping over another Peppa pig. Once you do this the Peppa you jumped over is removed from the game and you keep jumping over Peppa until there is just one left and then you have won the game. My children found this rather hard and although they are just getting the hang of it now after months of use it is still not one of their favourites.
Cards and Invites - This is basically as it says you log in and there are a number of cards and invites for you to print out all in there are around 20 different designs for birthday Christmas Easter, birthdays pretty much every occasion. Some are in colour while others are in black and white so little one can colour themselves. These do need to be printed and are not an activity on the game but I suppose it is an activity for them to do away from the computer which is always a plus.
Meet the Cast - Rather than an activity as the game suggests you are taken to a black and white page and it has most of the cast from Peppa pig on it. When you hover the mouse over each character I tell you the characters name and a little something about them. Also each time you hover over there name it makes a sound associated with them so Peppa pigs family's grunt and giggle Danny dog woofs etc. As there is a lot of reading it does need to be completed with mummy or daddy to read the words aloud but it is great fun and after a few times my children were able to read along with me as they had learnt the words of by heart.
These are fairly basic they are simple yet adequate for a children game the characters are easily recognisable and each screen has bright colourful scenes to hold little ones attention but there is not many moving graphics or anything too fancy. This does not seem to bother my children you can tell straight away who the characters are and the games run ok and this seems to b enough for them. The Peppa pig game plays throughout the game so the sounds are easily recognisable to children except with snakes and ladders as this is the longest game on the disc I think you would go mad by the time that it was over if the theme tune played throughout.
Also each game goes to a scene well know from the TV show for example sudo pigs is played in a space them just like the episode when George went to space and there is a beach scene which is identical again to a scene from the tv show so this adds to the familiarities with the children.
Ease of use for children
My children find it very easy to use a lot of the menus are represented by pictures so they can navigate into each game and also exit each one easily. Some of the games are simple while others are a lot more challenging meaning they can begin using it at three years old but there are also activities that cater for an older age range. Everything is operated by clicking the mouse and is easy to navigate it is just the reading that I need to do for my children.
A parent's view
The age recommendation provided for this game is three years plus and with a little help from us our daughter at three years old can complete the tasks on this game. She can play a lot of the games and even with some of them she can play pretty much independently so it is great for her age range. My little boy who is nearly five also can do a lot of this by himself as there is a lot of reading they still need help from mummy or daddy but this is not a bad thing as it encourages them to recognise words.
The games are not too long meaning little one can get to go on the computer for short bursts of time as the world seems to be computerised now it is nice the time needed to spend on each game is so low as my children can enjoy their game without me worrying they have spent to long looking at a screen. Each game is around 3 to 5 minutes long apart from snakes and ladders which varies depending on how many are playing.
The game tends to crash a lot when entering the different activities I thought it may be my computer but all other games including a Scooby doo game we have work fine so it does seem to be a problem with this application. As this happens when entering games rather than while completing them it is not too much of a problem and after a few attempts we do manage to get them to load but it can be annoying sometimes.
This is an ok game it is not fantastic but my children love it all the same we picked it up for £2 and it is available for around the £5 mark online at Amazon so it is not bank breaking. Some of the activities are better than others but it is great for a child to play on occasionally and I would recommend this game to any Peppa pig fan. If you asked my children they would give it full marks and they often try and sneak on the computer to play while mummy is not watching. Some games are just plain fun while others are challenging and the print off option is a great addition for some Peppa pig time away from the computer.
Summary: A great PC game for Peppa pig fans