infinity | Added on: January 17, 2012
I've checked out several of the Dora games, and I'd call this the best adventure so far. The premise is that the colorful crystal kingdom has become a faded, pastel kingdom because the four color crystals have been taken by the king. (Since you would presume the king owns the treasures of his kingdom, that doesn't make sense, but hey, this is a kids' game.) Dora's adventure is to find three of the crystals, while practicing her letters, colors, numbers/counting, musical note recognition, shapes recognition, and other skills. To win the final crystal, Dora and the king have a battle of the magic wands. As the fire of the king's wand changes color, the player clicks on a colored wand to match it. It's a very cool concept, even for us grown-up folks. And then the player gets to click on the four crystals -- blue, yellow, green, and red -- and turn the grayed-out kingdom into a brilliant, technicolor one. Magic again! I played through the easy version, and was impressed with the interesting variety of challenges. The hard option essentially gives you a second game to play as the child gets older or better at the game. Graphics and colors are marvelous, as is the storyline and activities. My only criticism is that there is no option to turn the music down or off, and sometimes the music competed with Dora's voice, making it hard to hear the instructions. Game designers -- please allow an option to turn off the music. For children with ADD, hearing difficulties, or other issues, loud background music can make it difficult to play the game.