Dadish

LQ: 9.05

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Brain grade: 8.3
Fun score: 9.8

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Dadish is a retro 2-D platformer game where the player becomes a radish who also happens to be a dad. His children have wandered off from the vegetable patch and it is his responsibility to go and find them. To do this, he must navigate through various levels requiring him to jump over various obstacles such as pits full of spikes, fast food enemies, and rotating spiked chains to name a few. If he does not time his jumps just right, this radish dad will need to begin the level all over again. 

The premise of the game is simple but the levels increase in their difficulty as Dadish moves along. There are also five boss fights in the game, requiring Dadish to use all the tricks he has learned so far to defeat the enemies and save his wandering children.


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Dadish helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Time Management: Estimating your timing.

Many of the obstacles in Dadish require the player to focus and time their jumps just right. If they do not, they might find themselves knocked out by an enemy, impaled on a spike, or drown in the ocean. In order to avoid this and make it through to the end of the level, the player will need to pay attention to their timing and jump at just the right moments. Players who struggle with timing may find themselves needing to repeat the same level a few times in order to get it right. Fortunately, the player cannot lose the entire game; they simply need to repeat the last level they failed. 

 

Self-Control: Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.

Losing a game can be frustrating, especially if you were almost about to finish a level and messed up at the last second. If the player finds themself easily frustrated or angered by losing, Dadish can be a good way to practice self-control. Because the player cannot lose the game, they do not have to start all the way at the beginning if they fail at a certain level. They need to repeat the current level, giving them the opportunity to acknowledge frustration and work through it. Also, as the levels get harder, Dadish hits mid-level flags which allow him to go back to that point rather than starting the level over again. 

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