Review: Paw Patrol: On a Roll! [Switch]

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Product: Paw Patrol: On a Roll! – Currently £17.99 on Amazon.

Price: £34.99

Age Range: 3 years+

Manufacturer’s Description: No job is too big, no pup is too small! The PAW Patrol is ready to save the day in Adventure Bay on 16 exciting rescue missions, but they can only do it with your help! Help each pup use their unique abilities to rescue friends and keep their community safe. Jump into eight awesome Adventure Bay locations, including Farmer Yumi’s Farm, Jake’s Mountain, a desert canyon, under the waves, and more! Get ready for fun puzzle-platforming action!

Rating: (5/5 stars)

Review: Paw Patrol: On a Roll! is a great introduction to platform games for young children; balancing the line between being easy enough to stop them getting frustrated while still being challenging enough for them to not get bored.

All of the pups join in the action, including Everest and the newest addition to the team, Tracker. The game is single player and you play as at least two characters per level.

Just like in the popular tv show, each level involves a rescue of some kind, with the pups solving puzzles and using their special equipment to save the day. Each level starts with Ryder introducing the mission and assigning Pups their tasks – complete with the animation of each pup sliding down the Control Tower into their vehicle.

The majority of each level is simple platforming, and it is impossible to ‘fail’ a level. Kids are introduced to double jumps, and interacting with objects in the level to overcome obstacles. Ryder gives hints along the way, popping up on the Pup Pad, with the controls flashing up on the screen visually while he tells you which buttons to press.

At certain points of each level, the pups have to use their equipment or skills to get them past a part of the level, and the player chooses from three options. If they get it wrong, they are just encouraged to try again and the mistaken option is marked with a cross to narrow down their options.

Sometimes, the pups have to “yelp for help” from one of the other Paw Patrol pups, and they arrive to help them overcome an obstacle.

Throughout the level, pups collect bone shaped pup treats and golden Paw Patrol badges. There are 200 pup treats to collect in each level, and five badges. Some of these are pretty easy to find, but some require you to jump up onto rooftops or double back on yourself.

If you collect all of the badges, you are rewarded at the end of the level with a picture – usually of your pup(s) from the level and the animal they saved). You get a different level pup treat reward – silver, gold, platinum – for each level depending on how many pup treats you collect. There are also some in game ‘trophy’ style badges to collect, which you get to reward various in game achievements, such as completing your first level or getting your first platinum pup treat reward.

Both Georgie and Lydia really enjoy playing the game, and take it in turns to play by swapping the controller when the playable pups change on screen.

It’s a really nice introduction for young children to platform games, with many of the basic staples of game play included, while also being easy enough for them to play without the frustration of ‘dying’ repeatedly if they fall the wrong way or anything like that. As long as they keep pressing buttons and heading right, they can’t really fail to make it through the level.

The challenge of collecting all of the pup treats and golden badges makes them want to replay levels until they’ve got 100% of the collectibles, so it’s not just a case of play once and you’re done – there is some replay value. We give this game 5 stars and highly recommend it for young gamers who are also Paw Patrol fans.

Paw Patrol: On a Roll! is also available on Xbox, PS4, and PC, and can be purchased from Smyths and Game, as well as Amazon.

We’ve been sent some fun games and other bits & pieces to have some of the girl’s friends over to play the game together. There is a twitter party over on @ukmumstv with the hashtag #PawPatrolParty starting at 1pm Friday so make sure you come along and join in to find out what the kids think of the game!