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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2004
Having bought several software packages for my children, I would describe this one as adequate only. It is really only suitable for the younger end of the specified age range, and you can expect your child to get to grips with the games fairly quickly. One disadvantage is that you have to use different controls for many of the games, for example one game required use of the mouse, another uses the z and x keys and another uses the arrow keys! The Winnie the Pooh Learning game, also suitable for 3 - 4 year olds, offers a wider range of activities and will keep children absorbed for longer than Pingu.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2005
Contains a number of games and activities that can entertain and teach your pre-school child in different ways.
Some of the games could be challenging for a three year old - certainly my son can't understand the Frogger-style Ice Flow game. He laughs when Pingu falls in the water!
If you want to give your child some practice in mouse and keyboard skills, and introduce them to letter sounds and shapes, numbers, shapes and sounds while doing so, then I can recommend this.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2003
We've had doubts in the past about the suitability of Pingu as a role model for our 3 year old. We've even gone as far as stopping him watching it at times. Maybe we've missed the point of the slapstick but we've noticed an element of naughtiness creeping in after watching Pingu and his friends.
Through this disc Pingu has redeemed himself and he’s back on our viewing list.
Installation was no problem so off we went into the world of Pingu. Plenty of animations on the menu screens with easy navigation. Each puzzle or game is identified with its title and a picture so selection is easy if you haven't reached reading age yet.
Its clear without explanation what each activity is about. Again Pingu is much in evidence and makes positive contributions to learning the games and giving rewards for success. I won't even try to write Pingu speak, but suffice to say its obvious what he’s saying from the tone and intonation. The sound effect for getting a puzzle wrong is not discouraging, while the one for success brings fits of giggles from everyone watching as well as playing. Did I mention that there’s always an adult audience whenever Pingu is on the pc? Says an awful lot I think that a group of adults can get so much fun from watching a toddler playing a game. As for the toddler himself, he'd play all day if we let him. He goes over the games again and again. His favourites are the shape sorter, the spelling game and the music programme, which he loves singing along to.
This really is a jewel of a programme. We've been amazed at how much such a young mind can learn. We thought many of the games would be beyond his ability. Our mistake for not realising how far advanced his abilities are. Thank you BBC and Pingu for showing us our error.
We expect to get many many more hours of fun and learning from this programme. It’s challenging without being too hard, easy to understand without being too simplistic. A great balance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2006
This product is used by my 3 year old son, he loves it.

Pingu - a barrel of fun is a great way to introduce young children to computers. It will teach them how to use a mouse to click and drag and how to use basic keyboard functions. Also it teaches basic spelling, mathematics, colours, shape sorting, sound recognition and also basic music (in the form of an interactive piano)

You will be surprised at how quickly children pick things up with this game, great fun for ages 3-6.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2005
The was an impulse buy for me as my autistic 6 year old had recently shown an interest in computers. He played it all over the summer holidays, and taught himself basic spelling, maths, colours, keyboard and mouse skills. He worked out how to change the skill levels himself, and to everyone's amazement managed things like the word spelling on the hardest difficulty. This is a boy who had rarely responded even to his name. He has since started using verbal language to request items and will now listen to and understand simple verbal requests, all since getting this game (and it being his primary focus of interest.. in a way only the really autistic can manage!). Basicly this game has taught my son the basics of communication where 3 years of specialised schooling and intensive home intervention pretty much failed. GG Pingu!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2006
This was an excellent game for my kid who are not English speakers. Helped with spelling, tune composition (nothing too complicated of course), shapes, colours etc. My kids were given the opportunity to learn English in a fun way. Older kids might get a bit bored but it is a great way to introduce younger children to computer games. Overall its is worth it.The BBC have done a great job.
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on 7 September 2009
My 3 year old grandson spends many happy times with this. When I failed to load it on my current laptop, the seller offered to send a replacement until I realised that this was the same problem I had encountered before. It would not load on to my XP service pack 2. Fortunately I still had an old computer with XP service pack 1 and it works a treat.
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on 3 March 2013
I bought this program for my granddaughter to put on a net book, i.e. drag the program on to a pen drive and install from there: however you need the disc in a drive in order to run the program so couldn’t use it as intended so returned it for a refund with which there was no problem.
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on 12 June 2013
played on this when I was a little lad in school bought it because the other half (aged 23) loves pingu and she has had hours of fun already.
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on 28 June 2013
A good computer game for the under 5s. It comes with a variety of different types of games within it and offers different skill levels.
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