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Underwhelming game. If you must buy it do yourself a favour and buy some earphones for your child.
on 10 November 2014
My just four year old received this game with his leappad. He hasn't played with it much since although seems to enjoy it when he does. It's good for second language English speakers as there is a lot of repetition of the name of the numbers. Beyond this I think your money is best spend else
A few criticisms and thoughts
The gameplay is hugely repetitive. Especially the "follow the treasure map stage." Actually as my son speaks English as a second language it has been useful for him as he has to "find the blue butterflies". But the characters always say exactly same things and I suspect this gets quickly tedious even for a four year old. Unfortunately this stage is central to the game so you will be hearing a lot of it. This is one game I want to leave the room when he is playing as the soundtrack is so irritating.
Other mini-games are a bit nicer. I think the lava path one is good. The map construction is also good although the controls are very fiddly and my son often thinks he has the answer wrong because he fails to exactly line up a map piece with the position into which it is supposed to be inserted.
In all there are much better games available for the leap pad, although perhaps not so much that focuses on maths. Even here I am not convinced the game is really teaching that much although it has helped my son learn the names of the numbers in English (he knows them already in Portuguese). In all, I wouldn't pay more than 10 pounds for this; I think the dinosaur menu game for download might be a better introductory maths game and is much cheaper. But, I think if you find you must buy it because you want a maths game or your child loves Jake, then buy some headphones to go with it. It is painful to listen to.