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As noted above, the games are very easy. As well, they don't vary much as kids play them over again, so the program could be a one-trick pony for some preschoolers. Positive points are a nice design with plenty of options, graphics and story line that stay true to the television series, and hints given when kids make mistakes. A bit of Spanish is spoken in the game - just enough that it's not overwhelming to learn. Spanish counting is particularly emphasized. Kids learn some tidbits about animals, practice "click and drag" skills, and receive a little lesson in the concepts of right/left in a particularly well done mini-game. Overall, the software is a positive experience for little ones, but perhaps not challenging enough for many kids, particularly 4 and over.
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For families looking for good preschool edutainment on their computer, Go Diego Go: Wolf Pup Rescue is an excellent choice. The activities are all age-appropriate and offered on three levels of difficulty. The software doesn't teach young kids how to use a mouse, but the activities are uncomplicated and provide good mouse practice for computer newbies. The game looks like Diego's TV show, and because Diego and Dora reinforce certain concepts in English as well as Spanish, preschoolers learn a little Spanish as they play. Kids also learn a lot about animals. One particularly clever activity even teaches preschoolers about the concepts of "left" and "right" as they steer Diego and Dora down the river in a raft. While most preschoolers will enjoy finding the wolf pup more than once and will like playing the activities, the game includes only one mission; so the longevity of the software is somewhat limited.