"Dora the Explorer," a cartoon that first appeared in 1999 on Nick Jr., is about a young girl who is constantly checking out new places, learning new things and helping others. Nick Jr. carried her popularity into video games. While some are for the mainstream game consoles, the Nick Jr. website carries short, easy games for children as young as 4. While most are free, the ones marked "premium" carry a cost.
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The Nick Jr. website had 63 "Dora" games in January of 2011. Most of them teach some kind of lesson. "Dora's Great Big World" updates every month with a new place Dora will explore. The "First Day at School" game challenges children to use math and verbal skills to lead the cartoon character to class. Kids work on colour identification to get through the levels of the "Swiper's Big Adventure" game, a premium download. "Dora's Lost and Found," another premium download, helps children use logic skills to find lost items. Kids work on patterns and colours while riding with Santa in "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure." "Dora's Carnival Adventure," a premium download, includes 10 different carnival games with cute rewards for those who do well at them.
"Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids"
"Dora Saves the Mermaids" is an adventure game available for the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo DS. The plot of the 2008 title concerns the pollution endangering the habitat of a group of mermaids. The game has educational challenges players must pass to help Dora find hidden items and save the mermaids from peril. The game features the same voice actors from the "Dora" show.
"Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet"
"Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet" from 2005 is for PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube. It's based on an episode of the television show where Dora's mission is to get a group of aliens back to their home planet. The game is made up of educational puzzles and colour identification challenges.
"Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess"
"Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess" from 2008 is available for gamers with a Nintendo Wii, PC, Macintosh computer, Nintendo DS or PlayStation 2. Dora must get through levels of snow and ice to rescue the princess. Players can pick up multiple items that help them in different levels. A version with the same title is available at Nick Jr. In that one, Dora and her Pegasus must collect magic snowflakes and avoid witches.
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