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In Keeping with Magic School Bus Standards,
This review is from: Magic School Bus Oceans - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
My 8-year old received the Magic School Bus Oceans game recently. It's a good fit for her since she enjoys the Magic School Bus TV series and she's an ardent animal lover.
The style of the imagery and the characters are true to the Magic School Bus series but the voices are not those of the actors in the TV series. My daughter notices the difference but doesn't seem to mind.
She enjoys the games and activities, as well as the 'closer peek' feature that shows photos of sea creatures and explains what makes each one unique. My daughter likes cobbling together sea creatures characters and mastering the straightforward challenges of each game. There's a maze where she negotiates a sting ray through a coral reef maze while gobbling up coins and avoiding predators. There's a drawing game that rewards accuracy by revealing a refined illustration of the mystery sea creature being drawn. There's also a game that requires her to select creatures with similar features before the drift off screen.
The games have a slower pace than Crafting Mama, which is a relief since Crafting Mama tends to challenge her dexterity and eye-hand coordination too the point of frustration (even though my daughter plays piano very well for her age). If the pace makes her interest wane then I can hand the game down to our youngest child so this is not a big concern in our household.
All in all the games are appropriate for mellow kids ages 6-8 or more active kids ages 5-7 (my 10-year old fit this category).