dora
US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Format: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Developer: Nickelodeon

As I am a parent I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Dora and her cousin Diego. I have spent an ungodly amount of time watching this show with my kids. As well as watching the TV show and the insane amount of DVD’s starring this little lady I have also played many Dora video games. While I am an adult it’s not really my type of thing, but I do love to play games with my kids so I am always interested in a good family friendly kids game.

The game I am sure you will not be surprised to know looks amazing. Nickelodeon the last couple of years have just made great looking game after great looking game. They know that kids are a very unforgiving audience and there games I would say 9.9999/10 really do manage to nail all the little details. Dora’s Great Big World is no exception to this.

It has many locations and characters that your kids will recognise from the show. Any kid who loves the TV show I am sure will recognise pretty much everything that is in this game. Which is really a key feature you see this is one of those sneaky games that makes kids learn while they are gaming.

As far as the actual game goes. Dora’s Great Big World is an educational game, but it disguises it very well. I find that young kids are eager to learn anyway, but if they do not like to mix school with their games this one does a good job of disguising the fact that it really is an educational game. What you have here is four different games each one catering to a different type of learning.

First up I will talk about the one that my daughter said was the best and that is the Purple Planet Space Friends section of the game. This was really cool and it requires some basic puzzle solving and it does encourage your child to think outside of the box. It makes your kid have to make a decision which is something I really like.

The Bugga Bugga Rainforest Water Show (try saying that five times really fast!) is a game that is all about letters. What is really cool about this is that it teaches both lower and upper case letters. This is something I have found not many other educational games do. As well as this it helps by teaching kids about the sounds letters make.

Isa’s Flowery Garden is a great way to help your kid with their mathematics skills. It is really quite basic and if you have preschool kids it is a great way to help them and give them a basic understanding of some simple mathematics before they get to school. This was a really well made portion of the game I thought, but it actually was my daughters least favourite part of the game.
Last up we have Benny’s Farm and this one is all about the word families which I personally found very interesting. So it will have words like cat, bat, sat as in words from the at family. As a parent who has played many of these educational games I can say this is something I have not really come across in a game like this.

If that was not enough there is also the features to earn stars and stickers. This is something I am sure your kids will get addicted to. One really cool thing is that in the show there is this guy called Swiper who is always trying to steal stuff. Well your kids better be vigilant as he will try and swipe the stars that they have earned. My daughter though this was hilarious when this happened.
In all Dora’s Great Big World is a great educational tool for preschool kids. It not only will help them with learning, but it is also a great deal of fun. If you have young kids then I really cannot recommend this game enough.

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store