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on March 7, 2010
We bought the first Endless Ocean game for Wii for our daughter in 2008. Our daughter was immediately obsessed with it! She was nine years old at the time. Hopefully that gives you an idea of the age range for this game. She has a high reading level so that helped.
We placed an advance order for the sequel, Endless Ocean 2: Blue World, in November 2009. Althought the game wouldn't arrive until late February/early March, we put a note on the Christmas tree about the game. She was SO excited!
She has had the sequel to the game for about two weeks now. She is OBSESSED with this game and plays it every day. As a former teacher (my husband still teaches), I love it because it encourages her to read for content, remember important clues, solve problems, read maps, think about geography and climates, etc. In the latest game, Endless Ocean 2: Blue World, there are references to many different countries and mythical gods. We have spent a lot of time together on the internet researching different countries and the various gods mentioned in the game. This has been some really great quality time for us between parents and child.
These two games have developed a love for all things ocean related in our daughter. She has read many books about marine life and related careers over the past two years... She even took swimming classes and begged us to go to Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL so she could swim with the dolphins. We went to Discovery Cove last year for part of our family vacation. It was, BY FAR, one of the most fantastic family vacations we will ever have. The look of complete JOY on her face when she plays this game and when we went swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove have made this the SINGLE MOST PRICELESS PURCHASE OF A VIDEO GAME WE HAVE EVER MADE.
If you have a child that likes to read, loves adventure, loves nature, etc. then they will probably love this game too. For a boy, the music on the game might be a little "girly." I'm not sure if there is a way to turn that off or not. However, some of the music (besides the girly singing stuff) is dramatic and suits the mood of the various scenes well so if you have a boy playing this game and he complains about the music, you might want to tell him to play the game for a while first before making a decision about the music. There are various musical selections which range from susspenseful to creepy to relaxing, etc.
I'm not one to enjoy WATCHING someone else play a video game. What's the point in doing that anyway? But this game is the exception to all of that. I love watching my daughter play the game. We discuss a lot of the topics that come up during gameplay and will often pause the game to "google" something for more info.
I also highly recommend some of the African Safari adventure games that are available for Wii. Our daughter has two of those and enjoys them, but neither one is as engrossing to her as Endless Ocean 2: Blue World.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the developers of this game!!!