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Worst of the Thomas games
on 12 March 2006
I bought this game on the strength of the one other review, and was fairly disappointed so I'll add my own - although there's nothing at all inaccurate about that other review and childrens' interest will of course vary. I would simply stress that:
- Although all the Thomas games are released by Mindscape and have similar packaging, this game is developed by a different studio than others you may already have or I'd recommend to get (Great Festival Adventure, Trouble on the Tracks)
- The game graphics are simpler and poorer than the other games, but mainly the game concepts are far less varied and less educational than the other games. Almost all the sub-games involve repeated clicking in the same spot, or possibly alternately clicking between two spots (oooh!). This is in sharp contrast to the colour-matching, shape-matching, size-ordering, instruction-following, etc. of the other games.
- There's almost no value in the two difficulty levels, they're virtually the same game, they differ primarily in whether the track setup requires you to place pieces correctly by shape - which is assisted anyway, and doesn't cause my 2-1/2 year old any trouble so why bother?
- The game is short compared with the others, even when you count going back and playing as another of the four trains (which makes no difference to the gameplay), or playing at another of the three destinations (almost ditto - at the quarry your child may be repeatedly loading and unloading boxes marked with coal while at the farm they may be identical boxes marked with corn, or it may be pieces a crate your child is removing from the track rather than bails of hay)
Go and buy one of the other games for your little Thomas-aholic.