Got a daughter or a
young female relative who owns a Wii? Than Dora Save the Crystal
Kingdom may be the game for them. From the highly popular
Nickelodeon cartoon series come Dora, heroine and explorer to the
world as she goes on her first magical journey on the Nintendo Wii.
uninitiated, Dora Marquez or "Dora" to her friends is an explorer
and in her cartoon series, each episode is spent exploring the world
and generally helping someone in need out. It featured colourful
animations, larger than life characters and even animals who seemed
more human than animals. It's easy to see how Dora became so
It should also be
mentioned that Dora saves the Crystal Kingdom is not like the other
edutainment titles from Dora the Explorer but is an actual arcade
style Wii game which uses the motion sensitivity of the Nintendo Wii
controls. With that said, the story is definitely aimed at the
younger gamer and I do emphasis that word greatly.
Thankfully, my five
year old daughter was the perfect victim... err assistant for this
review and I'm guessing that it does help that she owns a Dora the
Explorer backpack and merchandise. Okay, enough of the bias! So what
is Dora save the Crystal Kingdom all about? It's got nothing to do
with Indiana Jones but seriously, it's basically a side scrolling
arcade game that is at times, a little... reminiscent of Super
In this current
adventure for Dora, she must return the crystals to the Crystal
Kingdom which have been hidden away by diabolical and greedy king.
For the king, he does now want the kingdom to share in the magical
colours of these crystals and with that said, it's up to Dora to
find them and bring colour back to this colourless land. Apart from
controlling Dora, players can even control Boots, Dora's monkey
sidekick which does add an element of replay value to the game.
From looking for
the diamonds, solving some simple puzzles and having fun, Dora must
also collect coins which can be used to purchase stickers and even
flying boots. As mentioned, there are some puzzles in the game but
thankfully they are quite simplistic as are the mini-games such as
Dora racing on her roller skates. Thankfully... Dora is wearing the
appropriate skating gear! It's also fun or so my daughter says,
exploring this grey and dreary world as you collect crystals and you
use the Wii motion controls to colour the world in as sometimes you
need to help the world out a little more than just collecting.
Some parts of the
game require you to change to Boots, your monkey sidekick because
he's a little smaller than Dora and can reach smaller areas. Your
flying boots, just like Boots... also helps you fly to other places
and of course collect those ever so precious coins.
As a game made for
children, Dora save the Crystal Kingdom works quite well, however
there are a few annoyances as well. Some parts of the game are a
little challenging and will require adult intervention. The other
issue is the graphics and although most levels are well illustrated
and created, some appear a little flat and quite uninspiring. The
music in the game is well done as is the voice acting, even though
at some points, both my daughter and I scratched our heads because
Dora was speaking in Spanish.
I applaud 2K Play
for creating a girl only game and thankfully it's not edutainment or
a game that has been slapped together. Mirroring many aspects of
other arcade games, Dora save the Crystal Kingdom is a colourful
delight that will captivate the younger gamer while they explore a
variety of worlds and meet familiar faces from the Dora the Explorer
Universe. Not bad at all!