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The game is extremely addictive, and you will no doubt take the hunters through the whole island several times, looking for more. The graphics are reminiscent of Disney cartoons, making it appealing to kids, although not exclusively. Anyone with a taste for solving puzzles and completing quests will lose herself in this engaging game.
Some other strengths that struck me about this game include the full closed captioning or subtitling option, not just in English but in Spanish as well. The game can also be played in Spanish too. In addition, a player could choose to play the game in one language and have the subtitles in the other language. The game includes a full walkthrough as well as less detailed spoilers in one of the two Readmes. Lastly, and most impressive for a children’s game, it includes two different endings that reflect how the player responds to a moral decision at the end. Well done, Plaid Banana!
This game is extraordinarily appealing and beautifully designed. Children will likely need some help, as they will get stuck from time to time. Persistence, curiosity, and willingness to think, will be rewarded. Although the game can be tackled independently, it is also ideal for more than one child to attempt together.
Here’s the bottom line: Moop and Dreadly is good but not great. The storyline is fun and the characters are engaging, but the game bogs down a little with slow transitions between scenes. The gameplay is a little too easy for the older children in the targeted range. And, while this game is worth playing the first time, it doesn’t change when played again. A nice plus is that it is playable in Spanish as well as English.
As intimated, most of the puzzles involve finding the right objects and using them correctly. They are all intuitive, and memory and recognition play a big part. Clare is 9 and found the game too easy, so whilst it is recommended for 5 years and over, the puzzling is probably best suited to the lower end of the continuum.
While the animation is superb and the backgrounds are wonderfully drawn, it takes more than pretty pictures to make a great game. Children will enjoy the humor and the adventure, but there are many other games they will enjoy more and come back to more often. The chapter concept is a wonderful idea, but it needs to be combined with more objects to be found, randomization of the objects, and including some mini-games wouldn't hurt.
Ein Spiel, das Spannung und Spaß liefert aber keine so eindeutig positive Heldenfigur in Captain Dreadly, der doch ziemlich egoistisch und wenig hilfsbereit daher kommt und zum Glück von seinem grunzenden Freund Moop oder einfach den Gegebenheiten immer wieder in die Schranken gewiesen wird. Nicht gerade ein Charaktervorbild für die lieben Kleinen. Dies und die ausgesprochen kurze Spieldauer bieten nicht genug Grundlage, warum man gerade dieses Spiel den anderen für diese Altersklasse vorziehen sollte. Sollte man die Pyjama Sam und Freddy Fisch-Serien bereits durchgespielt haben und nach weiterem Spielfutter suchen könnte Moop & Dreadly ein kurzfristige Überbrückungshilfe bieten.