Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1 (Hands-On) (Wii) Preview

By Mike Mason 20.09.2009 2

Review for Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1 (Hands-On) on Wii

Lexis Numerique have been developing children's games for years in collaboration with publishers such as Disney and Ubisoft. Now they have seized the opportunity to get their product out in the downloadable world on WiiWare, starting with Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1. And if you didn't like our recent Angel Cat Sugar preview, sorry - this is aimed at an even younger audience.

It was a little strange to witness Lexis Numerique's stand from afar. The company's representative Djamil was dancing his socks off along to the game for some TV cameras, and so there was a little trepidation when I finally approached. I need not have worried - he was merely demonstrating how kids might play along to the game as they do with TV shows, it seems.

This is the first of six planned WiiWare releases, each coming two months apart. Every episode will focus upon a different subject or subjects - colour, shapes, geography and maths were a few examples given - designed to appeal to children only just old enough to hold a remote properly. Children aged three years and over appear to be the target audience, as well as their parents. As such there are plenty of cartoon characters, primary colours and a lack of writing for the most part; everything is explained through voice or graphic, with only the occasional word on screen to punctuate something. A bubble might appear and be met with the word, for instance. You can also select between two control options: one uses the pointer; the other, simpler method asks children to shake the remote at the right moment.

Screenshot for Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1 (Hands-On) on Wii

There's also a lot of repetition, something that is intentional as it appeals to children of that age. You may recall watching the same videos over and over as a child yourself. The child's attention span is far greater than the adult's, so while popping bubbles with the cursor may bore you, a child can happily sit doing it for fifteen minutes. A dancing game, as demonstrated by Djamil earlier, does not require much motion at all; instead, it is designed with the knowledge that a child is going to imitate it anyway, as they would with a kid's TV show. It resembles a cartoon that broadcasts stupidly early on a Saturday morning. The final mode included allowed you to open a present and then interact with it by shaking the remote or pressing buttons - I sailed in a paper boat across the ocean and encouraged clouds and fish to swarm around me.

Screenshot for Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1 (Hands-On) on Wii

Final Thoughts

An important thing to notice is that Pooyoo never tells players that they are wrong. It may say 'try again', but the attitude remains positive and the blow of wrong answers is softened by silly animations. At just 500 Nintendo Points, Pooyoo could be at that perfect price point for a parent to make an impulse buy of a title that is friendly, sweet and seems to understand what the very young want.

Developer

Lexis Numerique

Publisher

Lexis Numerique

Genre

Educational

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

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Comments

I didn't get the chance to play this at all...but I did have a go on the equally child-oriented Miffy's World...

I'm all for children's games if they're made properly and it's not just a case of a crap game and the developer trying to cover up by saying it's aimed at a younger demographic.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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My four year old son LOVES this game (even though we have never seen a PooYou tv show and I had no idea one even existed before reading it here!).

I thought it was way too short for $5. But with him playing it over and over and over again I definitely got my money's worth.

I just bought the sequel last night and will surprise him with it tonight!

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