To be straight to the point, if you are reading this review, you are not looking at Paw Patrol World, by developer Outright Games, on Nintendo Switch for yourself, but rather for your young son or daughter in the two and a half to four-year range of age. I want to be as helpful in possible in giving you the best idea of whether or not your child would enjoy this game, and I believe that is a surefire smile maker if they are fans of the show.
If you have watched Paw Patrol with your young children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or, if you are looking for a gift for a friend’s children, this will probably be a solid choice for them. Paw Patrol World allows you to take control of all the major rescue dogs in the show, from Chase to Boulder, and roam around the world collecting dog treats to unlock alternate outfits, complete missions, or if you fancy, just drive around in your emergency vehicle and go where you please. There is plenty to do, and everything is at a relaxed pace. Being a Nickelodeon game, it reminded me of when I was eight and I played Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (although that has challenge for both kids AND adults!) – it gives you a wide-open world for you to explore and complete a variety of missions based upon episodes of the show.
Being a teacher, and having taught almost every age from pre-k to post high school in my travels, I want to commend the developers at Outright Games for doing something spectacular for growth of focus and understanding in early childhood development – the speed and focus on how the dialogue and objectives are delivered to the players. As an adult, it is annoying not to be able to skip through dialogue at a faster pace if I can read it quickly, but for a young child, it allows them time to take in and understand the information and apply their answers to them. While the game offers enough for the young players to go around and do whatever they would like to, this allows for them to go through the story or modes without ever getting lost. It reminds me of my young educational games like Elmo’s Preschool from way back in those olden days of the 1990s!
To sum things up, I will not get too technical since this is not targeted at anyone besides its intended audience. Paw Patrol World looks and sounds like the animated show, and for young fans of it, they will find much to do and enjoy in it. If you are reading on looking for a good gift for a young one in your family, this is an excellent choice for them, and they will relish the chance to play as their favorite rescue pups!
Score (for the age group) 9/10
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Your local neighborhood nutjob, gamer, and teacher! I'm an avid fan of many genres such as platformers, shooters, horror, etc. I am also an avid tabletop gamer - hugely into the worlds of Warhammer and all of their spinoffs. I'm a big believer in being objective - even if something is not my cup of tea, I want to talk about it on the objective level - is it well made, crafted with love, and with care for the fans? If so, that's a good game in my book for someone and well worth their hard earned dollarydoos!