Platform(s): PS2, DS
Genre: Kids, Action
Most games that do not involve the engorging of enemies or multiple gunshot wounds get a 3+ rating from the ESRB. This can be a little confusing for parents, and is also a little unfair. The ESRB rating tells us that the game content is suitable for children ages 3 and up. That in no way, shape or form translates to 'A 3-year-old is capable of playing this game'.
Well, Dora is different - this is a game that's definitely aimed at 3-year-olds. I sat with my 3-year-old niece playing along with her, then she snatched the DS from my hands and showed me how to play. That's impressive; this truly is an age-appropriate game that is both fun and educational.
'Dora Saves the Mermaids' utilises all of the DS's functions: for example, the mic and the touchscreen are used to great effect. This, however, is not a game for older kids. The games are simplistic and repetitive, and designed solely to build confidence in your child and help with the development of their memory.
If you have a young'un around 3-5, and think it's time they got their mucky paws on your DS, God help you - but this is ideal.
Replay Value: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Review by Eamonn Cleary