Vtech’s new Vmotion system is a lot of fun for preschoolers who are ready for video games. The joystick is sized just right for little hands. The controller is pretty straightforward; my 4 year old, new to video games of all kinds, picked it up pretty easily. There are no wires to get in the way, and the system is responsive to a child’s movements.
The learning system is integrated into the video games, with the simple driving game (Widget’s favorite) also a hunt for missing letters. The action stops while the child chooses the appropriate letter (from a set of two), and then they’re on the move again!
The only drawback is the graphics. For some reason, the graphics are terribly pixelated. Perhaps the game looks great on a handheld machine, but displayed on a TV, as on the Vmotion, the graphics give a very ’80s feel to the games. I hope that Vmotion invests a bit in upgrading the graphics, even at the cost of new titles, because that is key to capturing a child’s interest.
Although my child was very happy with the Vmotion for a couple days, once he saw Daddy’s Nintendo wii, the jig was up and the Vmotion was put away.
For although the games were age-appropriate, learning-enabled, wireless, and fun, they’re just not as captivating as a realistic rendering of a tennis match.