Of all the computer games I have played with my three-year-old son, Mr. Potato Head Activity Pack is the game he responded to most enthusiastically. It helps that he absolutely adores Mr. Potato Head (and vacuum cleaners, which I'll get to in the last paragraph), but there's more to it than just character recognition. For many reasons, Mr. Potato Head is the ideal toy to convert to a computer game.
The primary reason Mr. Potato Head and the computer are such a perfect fit is the limited number of body parts included with a real Mr. Potato Head toy. After a while, putting on the same pairs of eyes, arms, legs and other things can get tedious, even to a young child. With the technology of the computer, many spare parts are possible, and that's just what the creators of this fine software package included in the game. You can dress up Mr. Potato Head in many humorous guises, using all kinds of wacky, interchangeable costumes. Also, you can print cut-outs of parts and costumes for use in outfitting the real thing!
The Mr. Potato Head Activity Pack is all about fun and being funny, with a dash of educational value thrown in for good measure. This is all well and good, but there are a couple of aspects in the game that could use some logic, namely the sticker designs. Many of the computer-drawn pictures have no corresponding stickers. For example, there is a picture of Mr. Potato Head dunking a basketball, but there are no stickers of opposing players, referees, cheerleaders or any other basketball-related things. You can make all kinds of silly pictures, but sometimes a child might want to match things that go together, thus creating a normal scene.
The painting, drawing, and printing features in this activity pack are fun and add to the life of the overall package. However, printing the pictures will suck up loads of color toner, so you should be selective when letting your children print their works of art.
The graphics are flat and plain, similar to the images you might find in a coloring book. They work fine for this type of game, but it would be nice if there were at least one section in which Mr. Potato Head was presented in 3D, like he was in the movie
Graphics: The graphics are flat and simplistic, but young kids probably won't mind.
Sound: The sound effects are distinctive, but the theme song is lame.
Enjoyment: If you've got a preschooler with an affection for Mr. Potato Head and/or computer games, then by all means pick up a copy of this activity pack.
Replay Value: Your three- or four-year-old will play this game for hours and hours. It is much more versatile than a real Mr. Potato Head.
Puzzles, painting, printing, and more!
The world's most popular toy comes to life in this fun-filled activity pack loaded with the classic Mr. Potato Head humor all children love. Featuring fully animated graphics, a variety of puzzles, games and art fun, exciting sound effects, even create and print costumes for your real Mr. Potato Head toy! Everything you need to keep kids thrilled and entertained for hours.
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