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Bob the Builder: Bob's Busy Day
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Bob the Builder: Bob's Busy Day

10/21/2005

20.00

The Bottom Line
Choose Bob's Busy Day for young children who love Bob the Builder and are new to playing video games so that the sameness of the game play doesn't bother them.
With Bob's Busy Day, kids join Bob the Builder and his talking truck friends to play eight educational games that teach shapes, colors, letters, numbers, and logic. Most appropriate for kids ages 4-6 years (not three-year olds, as recommended by the packaging), the Smartridge offers two modes of play, Learning Adventure and Learning Zone.
If kids select Learning Adventure, they explore four activities by controlling the movements of Bob the Builder. In one, Bob hunts inside a school to find all his missing tools. In another, he matches geometrically-shaped bricks to holes in a wall. The other two involve collecting falling paint droplets to repair colored pipes and searching for alphabetically-lettered materials scattered around town.
In the Learning Zone, kids play four games with Bob's animated truck friends. Kids move the trucks into position to "kick" the soccer balls into goals marked with letters of the alphabet. They also race the trucks against each other while counting objects, matching shapes, and finding paths through grids of colored dots.
Bob's Busy Day does a good job of introducing early learning concepts to young children in a video gaming context that is easy for them to master. However, the four games in the Learning Adventure are very similar—side-scrolling games in which Bob walks around to find or catch objects. And unfortunately, the picture blurs when Bob is moving, so kids need to stop periodically to make sure they can see an object they are trying to collect.
The Bottom Line׃ Choose Bob's Busy Day for young children who love Bob the Builder and are new to playing video games so that the sameness of the game play doesn't bother them.

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Bob the Builder: Bob's Busy Day
Company: VTech
Price: 20.00