E3 2008: Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess Impressions

Dora and Boots weather the Arctic chill.

You know you were waiting for it, and now, we finally got a chance to get our hands on this hotly anticipated platformer. OK, so maybe you weren't perspiring over the possibilities, but truth be told, we had a good time playing Dora Saves the Snow Princess on the E3 2008 show floor. The game is targeted at players between the ages of 3 and 5 (and, apparently, childlike game journalists like us), and looks like a natural extension of the popular cartoon franchise.

Dora Saves the Snow Princess is a platformer that makes good use of the Wii Remote. In this case, you hold the remote vertically and tilt it from side to side to move the famous bilingual youngster left or right. To jump, you press the 2 button. It's simple enough, but there are other contextual actions to perform as well. Sometimes, you may pass by hidden treasure caches, which will glow as you near them. By pressing 2 when the object glows, you will send Boots the monkey, Dora's constant companion, to recover it. In most of these cases, Boots will dive into a snowdrift and produce the collectible snowflakes hidden inside.

There were also some interesting uses of the Wii's motion controls. To climb a ladder, you press 2 when you near it, then Dora will grab it. Then, you tilt the remote left and right to climb, as if you are climbing a ladder yourself. In some cases, you may need to dig up snowflakes from a snow pile. To do this, you scoop the remote up and down just like you are--you guessed it--shoveling a snowdrift.

The game captures the charm of the popular cartoon quite nicely. It sports a colorful look and some cute touches. In some cases, Dora will snowboard down a steep hill and do a loop-de-loop. When she drops into subterranean levels, she automatically dons a miner's hat, complete with built-in spotlight. Curious parents (and additional childlike game journalists) can also join in as a fairy that accompanies Dora to help make use of the cups of hot chocolate you can collect.

A similar game will be released that features Dora's cousin Diego, which Take-Two believes will help make the product more appealing to boys. So slide on your snowshoes and snuggle into a warm parka because the snow princess must be rescued, and Dora and Diego are the only ones that can do it. Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess will be available for the Wii and the PlayStation 2, and a version is also being created for the DS. We'll be working around the clock to bring you late breaking Dora developments as they are announced.

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21 comments
kealios
kealios

My 4 year old loves Dora, and yes, she can use the TV Remote. She can also bowl quite proficiently on the Wii. Just because Dora doesnt excite you doesnt mean that the little ones arent excited about it.

Signal2Noise
Signal2Noise

Woot! I can finally stop playing Crysis when this hits the market!

scorch-62
scorch-62

WTF? Why are they making a Dora game? The audience of that show can't even comprehend how to use a TV remote. :?

gmax
gmax

Wii waggling for the kidsters...

joseph_mach
joseph_mach

*sigh. Does Reggie include this game in the reason why the Hardcore Wii gamers shouldn't be dissapointed?

ryo_strife24
ryo_strife24

Well this won't be game of the year, but I'll be picking this up for my 4 and 6 year old daughters.

grambyte
grambyte

Euhm.... yea what to say... no thanks I guess is the best way to put it.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Did you have to actually preview this Kevin? I feel deeply sorry that they did this to you.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Finally a game that speaks to me and challenges every aspect of skill I can muster! I will master this game and claim my rightful place in the hall of champions! No thanks to Diego however, I do have standards.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

"The game is targeted at players between the ages of 3 and 5 (and, apparently, childlike game journalists)" :lol: Yeah, thanks but I think I'll skip this one.