We were sent Pebli Town a new pre-school toy from Toys Alive to review. It was very easy to get started; you just download the free Pebli Town app onto your tablet, it connects to Apple and Android via Bluetooth. Simply prop up the shop, church, school and park into their spots, make sure you have 2 AA batteries for the board and then follow the on screen self-explanatory instructions. Thoughtfully included in the pack is a tablet stand for ease of use, ours already has little legs so was not needed in our house but it is handy for those that do not have this option.
My boys enjoyed seeing the characters “magically” appear on the screen once placed on the clever hotspots. My youngest is at the top end of the suggested age range at 6, but he still had a pleasant time playing with the figures and going through all the activities. The videos had characters like Pink Panther and Mr Bean so at his age they are still appealing.
The games also sparked their interest; they offered adequate challenge for the 6 year old (even his 8 year old brother wanted to see what all the fuss was about and have a go!). I liked how the game progresses in difficulty, in Cloud Buster you have to use a springboard to reach items in the clouds. You have thunderstorms, wind, rain and birds to navigate round as the game advances, so plenty to keep the game fresh and fascinating.
The pieces are a good size for 3+ year olds; the characters are chunky and well designed for the age group. Everything seemed sturdy too, always important with younger children who can be heavy handed at times. Story creator helps children use their imagination to develop their own adventures; I really like how the novelty of the Pebli people helps little ones to concentrate.
So much content has been crammed onto Pebli, I was extremely impressed. It’s a safe way for children to watch videos; with 200 in total there is plenty to see. I like how the videos are tailored to the interests of the characters (like cooking or art). Sadly too many children have unsupervised access to the likes of YouTube so I would prefer something like this were the chosen content is pre-approved and safe for the user. I remember once watching a video on YouTube with the boys about Mario the next minute Mario weed on Peaches the girl he is meant to rescue, so you see having this kind of extra security built in is essential really.
The Pebli Town starter pack retails at £59.99, which is a fair price for a sophisticated bit of kit for the 3+ children out there. If they have older siblings who have games that already work in a similar way (like Skylanders or Disney Infinity) it’s nice to have something for the younger audience, that still encourages them to play with the characters and not focus just on the screen. Please do check you have a compatible device before ordering as it only works with select devices.
Here is a video from Mookie Toys showing a demonstration of the set.
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Pebli Town Starter Pack (£59.99) Giveaway