Pebli Town – Review and Giveaway
As much as I love getting outside with the girls during the school holidays, it is inevitable that we will have to spend some time at home. Thankfully, Freyja is easily entertained when we are at home as she can spend ages playing with her Sylvanian Families and I love watching her acting out little scenes with the characters and making them have conversations. I was really excited to receive Pebli Town from Toys Alive for her to play with this holiday.
Pebli Town is aimed at children aged 3+ and comes with a Pebli board (which needs 2 AA batteries), a board cover, a stand for the tablet which is needed for the game, scenery and four characters: Painter Poppy, Doctor Daisy, Charlie Cook and Freddie Fireman. The characters themselves are beautifully designed, yet robust and the perfect size for a child to handle.
Pebli Town connects to a compatible Android or Apple tablet (check if your tablet is compatible here) using Bluetooth and one of the first things that you will need to do is download the free Pebli Town App. There is a little spot-the-difference game for the child to play whilst this is happening, but as it took about half an hour for this to happen, I would recommend getting this all set up before the child is ready to play!
Pebli Town is a really clever concept. The board uses hot spot technology. This means that any actions on the board are translated to the tablet and your child can watch this happen on the screen. Almost all of the game play is done on the board with the physical characters, so the child don’t have to interact with the tablet directly.
Pebli Town has four play modes; Story, Games, Create and Videos.
Story mode involves a story based on one of each of the four Pebli Town characters. Freyja was able to choose how the story progressed at various points. This reminded me of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books which I read when I was young. Freyja hadn’t really experienced anything like this before where she was able to pick from different options and produce a variety of different outcomes to a story. I think she was quite surprised at how it wasn’t the same story each time!
Game mode is probably Freyja’s favourite mode. Each character has a different game associated with it, with 25 levels to work through. The one that Freyja plays the most involves Charlie Cook. He gives her the ingredients needed to make a particular meal. She has to remember what these are and then send another character to one of the locations to collect the correct items. The levels show increasing difficulty, and really test her memory and ability to focus on a task in addition to the hand-eye coordination required to move the character around the board. Once she understood how the game worked, she needed very little help to get started and was obviously really proud when she had collected all the correct ingredients.
In Create mode you choose your characters and record your own voice to make up your own stories. Freyja and I have played this together with us each taking the role of one of the characters. Once you have recorded what each of the characters are saying, you can then watch the story that you have just created back via the tablet. Freyja is thoroughly amused by this mode. She loves listening back to what she has made the Pebli people say to each other.
In Video mode you are able to access 200 pre-approved child friendly educational and entertaining videos, each relating to a Pebli Town character. For example, we watched some craft videos with Painter Poppy. Freyja hasn’t shown much interest in this mode yet – I think she has too much fun playing with characters in the other modes, but she did like some of the ideas we saw in the craft videos and I can see us returning to these for inspiration in the future.
All-in-all Pebli Town is a great toy for children of pre-school age and upwards. It encourages imaginative and creative play, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills and builds on short-term memory. The only problems that we have experienced with it are it occasionally crashing and the length of time needed to download and update the App, however, I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a child aged 3 or over.
Find out more about Pebli Town in the video below:
Pebli Town retails at £59.99 however, Mookie toys are very kindly offering a Pebli Town for free to one of my readers. Just complete as many entries as you would like in order to be in with a chance of winning!
Pebli Town Giveaway
Disclaimer: We were sent the Pebli Town starter set to review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are our own.