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Playtime with Dora the Explorer - Viacom International Inc

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This App features the characters from Dora the Explorer and engages young players in three mini activities, puzzles, memory and matching.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Playtime with Dora the Explorer was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 June 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Playtime with Dora the Explorer
Developed by: Viacom International Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: Google; low maturity. iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 3+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Playtime with Dora the Explorer contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

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App description

This App features the characters from Dora the Explorer and engages young players in three mini activities, puzzles, memory and matching.

Reviewers comments

Following the success of the Dora the Explorer television series this App features three activities, using images of characters from this show. Children can complete a memory game (selecting from one of three levels), complete simple puzzles or play a matching game (again with three levels of matching possible). The matching game can be quite challenging, with higher levels requiring the user scroll through images to find those that are hidden.

A strength of the App is its multiple languages, so that written instructions and names of activities can be in many languages. User testing revealed that co-playing this App was beneficial to promote language use, with children talking about the characters and their actions more when playing with a sibling, peer or adult.

Gambling

Non gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

This is essentially an advertisement for Dora the Explorer, with characters from the show used extensively and product placement (eg the memory game cards feature the Nickelodeon name on the reverse of the card).

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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