infinity | Added on: October 31, 2011
A delightful game for younger kids. The game proceeds like a Diego cartoon, with great graphics and animations. Diego talks the player through the game every step of the way, so theoretically kids could play without an adult. There are a variety of educational and entertaining activities, but the child needs to be able to use a mouse to click and drag, and to have good eye-hand coordination. And, of course, to be able to listen to the narration and instructions as there are no other options. This might be a problem for a hearing-impaired child. Apparently, I'm not as smart as a 4-year-old because I got stuck at one activity and just couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do. The Help button simply repeats Diego's instructions with no hints or other assistance, and there is no way to skip an activity. I got past my brain-block by turning up the sound so that I could hear the instructions better (little Diego has somewhat of a high, squeaky voice), and was able to finish the game. An adult can get through the game in about 15 minutes; there's no way to skip through the narration just to try out the activities. The game does have two difficulty levels, allowing for two different playing experiences. But I'm not sure whether the game is long enough, or has enough variety, for kids to enjoy replaying it over and over. Near the end of the Serengeti safari, Diego reviews the animals that were saved and suggests that kids print out the animal pictures to color. This option can be skipped. Diego fans will have a great time with this game. I even learned that elephants stamp their feet to scare off lions. So maybe now I can be as smart as a preschooler. Go, Diego!