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Parents' Guide to

Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Musical game, story doesn't land at the top of the charts.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Endearing characters, but the consumerism & heavy themes can be a bit much for some

I think the official reviewers for this game neglected to go beyond the beginning stories for each group. It takes patience to unlock all twenty chapters of each group's main story, but it's worth the wait. Their stories are then expanded upon through numerous event stories, which deal with all sorts of mental health related topics, such as recognizing when to take a break and separating one's personal identity from parental perceptions. Parents should be aware that suicidal thoughts are alluded to (particularly when the Nightcord at 25:00 members all express their desires to "disappear"), and minor swear words are occassionally uttered (especially by the character of Akito; there's even an in-game stamp of him cursing that can be used by players). Since this is a rhythm game, stronger characters are obtained through a gacha system; if you're sticking to easier difficulties while playing, it can be difficult to obtain the Crystals necessary to pull in the gacha. As with most mobile games, they frequently push the player to purchase Paid Crystals or the monthly Colorful+ pass; while this game can be enjoyed without spending any money, it takes considerable effort to avoid the game's pressure. Overall, if you focus on enjoying the game your own way and can handle some occasional heavy themes, I would recommend Colorful Stage to anyone who wants to try a rhythm game. This was my first foray into the genre, as I was already familiar with Hatsune Miku and company, and the endearing characters keep you engaged.
age 9+

A little bit of mature

I recommend this game for more mature 9 year olds. And, if your kid wants to play, I recommend wxs! Overall, this game is good, but make sure your kid doesn't do these songs: romeo and cinderella!! or ifuudoudou. These are not all, so i recommend more research.

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (5 ):
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The bright pastel graphics suggest this app will have an upbeat tone, but the slow pacing and constant push for in-game purchases sours its notes. While the tales for the game touch on a number of positive emotional themes, including friendship, ambition, empathy, and motivation, less cheerful subjects are also featured in Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, such as loss, regret, guilt, and isolation. Five different storylines are included to choose from, offering a considerable amount of dialogue-based content to click through. The experience also features unique personalization aspects. For instance, you'll respond to a series of abstract conceptual thoughts -- such as "The scenery I saw was ..." -- with statements like "glow sticks illuminating" or "the familiar sights of my hometown" to tailor the songs you hear. You can also adjust the game's difficulty level and speed. The rhythm-based game is pretty challenging, but since it primarily involves making the same tapping and other motions, playing can start to feel tedious after a while.

In fact, the overall pace feels slow. The app takes time to load, and advancing to the next line of dialogue just lags during play. Even when that's not an issue, some conversations feel more drawn out than they need to be. There's also some incentive to spend real-world money when playing -- because crystals, which you earn by completing games and can be used to make progress, aren't doled out too quickly. Music fans may enjoy testing out their rhythmic skills a few times in the game and watching the brief periodic animated performances. But while the storyline tugs at some emotional heartstrings at times, the plot may move too slowly for players to ultimately find it very compelling -- and if they get tired of playing the game portion of the app, they may not end up rocking out to Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! for too long.

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