Disclosure: I received a copy of Gigantosaurus The Game to review and keep.
Youngest has shown a real interest in video games lately. So, when I was offered the chance to review Gigantosaurus The Game, I knew she’d be happy to help out.
Based on the popular Disney Junior show of the same name, this brand new title for players aged three and up is a lovely introduction to gaming for little ones.
First things first, the installation was a breeze. I’m used to new games taking ages to install but there were no such problems here.
It was ready to play in under five minutes – a major plus when there’s an excited child wanting to get started.
And it’s kid-friendly in more ways than one. It’s visually appealing, has a pleasant soundtrack with no long-winded dialogue and, most importantly, is nice and intuitive.
Indeed, youngest was soon running around returning lost eggs to nests and collecting and planting purple seeds like a boss!
The premise is simple; up to four players can work together to solve puzzles and compete in Mario Kart style races. There are also collectables that unlock new areas.
Each of the dinky dinos, Rocky, Tiny, Mazu and Bill – aided by the title character, of course – have individual abilities to help overcome environmental objects.
I think the difficulty level is spot on. It’s simple enough for young children to get to grips with but not so easy that they’ll ace it immediately.
This will serve new gamers well and teach them the all-important lesson of trying again, as well as the accompanying sense of achievement.
Because who would actually want to get that pesky meteor out of Giganto’s volcano on the first time of asking?
There are four different – not to mention expansive – prehistoric worlds to explore and race through. Youngest keeps asking to play it, so she’s clearly a fan.
I’ve read some rather uncharitable reviews of this game elsewhere, but they do little to acknowledge that this is a title for young children rather than experienced gamers!
Yes, it’s simple and a little repetitive at times but games need to be judged by their target audience. Youngest gets a lot of enjoyment out of it and I think that says it all.
Gigantosaurus The Game is out now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC Digital. This review is based on the Xbox One version.