My Little Pony Memory Gameby Lisa Woodworth
This, like most other memory games we've played, does not fail to please. It's a nice game to play with your toddler when you are looking for a quiet activity (who doesn't need more of those?!).
I have read other reviews criticizing this version of the original for the amount of cards; there are a lot, 72 in fact. Though I will agree that playing with that many cards can be a little overwhelming for some younger children, there is nothing to say that you have to use them all. Play with only 8 of them if you want! The nice thing is, when your child is ready for more of a challenge you can add cards accordingly and at your own discretion. The game will get more use and the big plus is you won't have to shell out more money for a more testing version.
I've also read disapproval for the similarity in the character cards. The ponies can be a little hard to distinguish because they all look relatively the same, some with only slight variances. Again, I see this as a plus. It gets our children to pay a little closer attention to the details and helps to develop their little minds. As well, all of the ponies' names are printed on the cards and while this detail won't mean squat to the really young players, my daughter, who just turned 4, is very interested in letters and how they are put together to form words. Having the names written on the cards helps build her confidence in reading, as she can tell me who many of the characters are with the combination of recognition and phonically sounding out their names.
The game comes complete with a plastic storage tray, helping to keep it neat, tidy and ready for the next time you pull it out. Love it!