Monday, February 16, 2009

Didi & Ditto Preschool - Mother Nature's Visit - Computer Game Review

In a house where laptops and computers abound, it wasn't shocking that C would one day beg to play computer games. It started as a plea to play online Disney and Sesame Street games and it escalated to the games she saw advertised in the Christmas catalogs.

Luckily for me, just as I was about to lose the fight, the wonderful people at Kutoka Interactive emailed me and asked me if we'd be willing to test their new preschool game. I jumped at the chance.

Of course then we got bronchitis, and the flu, and every other ailment under the sun, so it was a while before we broke out the box and popped in the CD. Then I kicked myself that we hadn't done it sooner because it would have a been a great distraction while we were all so sick. But you know, hindsight 20/20 and all that.

Didi & Ditto Preschool - Mother Nature's Visit is a hit as far as computer games go. The graphics are awesome, the characters are endearing, and the learning is top notch. C is obsessed and M, the designated grown-up player, swears that the game isn't annoying for adults. In fact, this afternoon C was playing nicely by herself and he couldn't stay away.

Didi & Ditto Preschool Pros:
- The game has amazing graphics and animation as well as adorable cartoon characters.
- The games and puzzles start out easy and gradually get harder as the child learns and progresses. Each activity builds on the previous ones, creating learning in a way that mimics preschool classroom learning.
- Cute music and catchy victory tune. C loves reaching the victory tune stage, she sings along every time!
- Great learning! Provides a place to work on problem solving skills, letter recognition, and puzzle solving.
- Boys and girls can choose to play as either Didi, the girl, or Ditto, the boy, great for preschoolers who are all about gender differences!

Didi & Ditto Preschool Cons:
- M has found that after a while the memory games become a bit repetitive and predictable. C doesn't agree.
- Like many games, the CD has to be in the computer to play the game. There's no way to download the entire game to the computer.

In conclusion, Didi & Ditto Preschool is an amazing game and at $19.99 on the Kutoka site or $25.99 on Amazon it's a great deal!

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