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Oy China

 

 

SCORE: 75

 

Oy China 

 

There are all kinds of different products on the iPad market for children. Oy China is one of those games. It tries to teach children about Chinese culture, geography, addition, subtraction, and lucky dragons. There are no words in Oy China so it is language neutral. Which presents a problem we will get to in a minute.

We tested Oy China on children here at Family Friendly Gaming. What surprised us was how quickly they were done with Oy China. And the lessons did not sink in. I think that has to do with the language neutral concept. Kids who played Oy China did not understand what they were supposed to do. They made their dragons, flew them, and then asked: "is that it?"

The core of Oy China is to pick a dragon head, body, tail, horns, and spikes (on the back). That dragon will then fly. Players then collect tokens which add body sections to the dragon. There are fireworks in the levels and boxes that can be destroyed by touching them. Some of them contain a fire breath power up.

At the end of the level the dragon goes across the start menu screen and children can count how many body parts their dragon has. That is something that was not spelled out either. I went into the help to learn that. That did not go over so well with the children either. Oy China costs ninety-nine cents, and compared to other kids apps I find it a little light on content.

The graphics have a soft coloring book feel to them with a definite Chinese flavor. The music also makes me think of China. We also had some confusion about controlling the dragon at first. There is a little bit of lag between trying to get it to do something and it doing it. Then it may really drop or rise. This can lead to some frustration. My biggest disappointment with Oy China is there is not enough learning about the culture in my opinion.
- Shirley

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 72%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: iPad
Publisher: Oy Ahoy
Rating:
‘4+’ - 4+

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