Where to buy:
Preschool and Elementary
Mei-Li is a digital “paper doll” that your child can dress up in different outfits for a variety of occasions. Your child learns basic vocabulary about clothing (i.e. sunglasses, shoes, etc.) to get Mei Li ready for a day at the beach, to head out to school, for cooking in the kitchen, to dance the night away at a party, to celebrate Chinese New Year, to play music, to hang out with friends or to go to bed.
While a very cute concept, the game is difficult for a child to maneuver. The opening screen is confusing — my daughter (age 4) just presses the screen a few times until she can get to the outfits. The arrows to move from scene to scene are not clear for a young child and too small. My daughter did not figure out that there were additional outfits for her to use until I pointed it out to her and even then, they are so small that I need to show her that feature again and again — otherwise she would stay on the same screen the whole time. My daughter also has a hard time grabbing the clothes and objects and getting them on Mei-Li’s body (and so do I!) She often has to grab a particular item three or four times before she is able to get it where she wants it to go — especially the smaller objects (like the cakes in the cooking scene).
It would be nice to have a testing feature where Mei-Li perhaps asks the user to dress her in a particular item but for a US$ 0.99 cent game, the current game is a good deal.
That said, my daughter loves this game. The character is very cute and the variety of outfit choices keep my daughter playing for a long time. She will continue to play even though she gets frustrated at points.
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- cute concept
- very appealing for girls
- variety of outfit and accoutrement choices to keep a child engaged
- over 40 vocabulary words
- difficulty to grab the items and put them on the character’s body
- no testing feature to see if the child knows the names of the items
- confusing opening screen
- navigation is too small
Reviewed By: Michelle