Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet
Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet is an action-adventure game developed by Monkey Bar Games (a division of Vicious Cycle Software) and published by Global Star Software. It is based on the Nick Jr. animated series Dora the Explorer, as well as the episode of the same name. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in North America on October 13, 2005 and in Europe on December 16, 2005, making it the only GameCube game to get an EC (Early Childhood) rating. It was then ported to the PlayStation 2 in Europe on December 2, 2005 and in North America on February 9, 2006. A planned Xbox version of the game was cancelled.
Why It Sucks
- The graphics are outdated even by PlayStation 2 or GameCube standards.
- The gameplay can be boring for people who have outgrown the show since all you do is walk and solve simple puzzles and travel through space.
- Similar to the episode, which came out two years before the game, the aliens' names are unoriginal. Two of them are named Inky and Plinky and the first said has the same name as one of the ghosts from Pac-Man.
- Every single button jumps (except for puzzles). Because of this, it literally feels and plays like a computer game where the Space bar jumps.
- The box art looks more like a screenshot of the Dora the Explorer show. Also, the back of the box claims that it has interactive gameplay that is accessible for all ages, yet this was made for children, also it can get boring for people who have outgrown the show, and the gameplay is barely interactive.
- At one point when you hang on a cliff Dora's hair doesn't fall, which shows a bit of violation of physics.
- Despite the title, you travel to several different planets and/or areas, meaning this game should've been called: Dora the Explorer: Journey Across the Galaxy.
- The fact that you travel to more places than just the Milky Way, Space Rocks, and Purple Planet from the episode could also indicate some poor source material grasp.
- Annoying soundtrack, not to mention even though the game's title theme uses the same instruments in the show's theme song, it barely sounds anything like it.
- On a related note, the Fiesta Trio's fanfare in the game sounds nothing like it does in the show.
- You cannot die in the game whatsoever.
- It might be fun for little kids.
- It has the original voice cast from the show, i.e. Kathleen Herles as Dora.
- Cel-shaded character models faithfully capture the characters' TV counterparts.