Learning with The PooYoos – Episode 1
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Developer: Lexis Numérique
Publisher: Lexis Numérique
North American Release Date: June 1st 2011
European Release Date: June 1st 2011
Trophies: 2 | 2 | 3
Coming straight from Lexis Numérique, we have Learning with the PooYoos – Episode 1. Starring a cast of “adorable baby animals”, Learning with the PooYoos sets out to be the greatest, and possibly only, edutainment game on the Playstation 3. Continue further for my thoughts on this very unique game.
Learning with the PooYoos features extremely simple gameplay, split into three mini-games, each with slightly different gameplay. They are easy to the point of insulting, as not even a two year-old would have trouble with them. You have the choice of moving the analog stick to find a PooYoo in the dark, waking up sleeping PooYoos with some button presses, and the last one involves matching shapes. It doesn't end here, though. Not just yet! You also have an interactive dance to go through, and a “Present” mode, where I'm not completely sure you get any presents at all. The last two modes involve shaking your controller and pressing buttons to make different effects appear. I'm not sure why they included the last two, because I didn't learn a single thing from these.
The singleplayer in Learning with the PooYoos takes the form of Workshops, which involve the Mini-game, Dance, and Present modes. You have two “difficulty” settings, which only affect how long you play the mini-game, and there are three Workshops to go through: Magic, Music, and Sky. An average Workshop takes around ten minutes, so you can get through all of them fairly quick. There is nothing to do after you've completed them, so you'll really feel like you wasted money on the game when you're done with it.
Nothing very special about the Technical side of the game, it's very very average. The game features a cel-shaded art style, along with vibrant effects, which is really what you should expect from a game for children. The audio, on the other hand, is absolutely grating. The song that plays on the main menu is just a bunch of unintelligible sounds, which I only assume is a chant from the PooYoos themselves. The rest of the music is awful, and you'll have to hear more PooYoo chants when you get to the Dance portion of the game.
Learning with the PooYoos has extremely simple trophies, with three for getting through the Workshops, and the rest for clearing the turtle (Waking up sleeping PooYoos), or rabbit (Matching shapes), mini-games on Little and Big PooYoo mode, so you won't find anything challenging here.
Overall, Learning with the PooYoos – Episode 1 is very disappointing, even if you go in expecting a waste of money! If you're looking for edutainment software, or easy trophies, there are far better things out there for the $5 this game asks.
So simple, even a child would get bored of it within minutes.
A fantastic adventure featuring mini-games, dancing, and presents. To be serious, it feels like they drag on forever. I'd give this a 0 if I could.
The graphics are fine, but I can't imagine anyone liking the music.
Overall: 1/10 QUALITY