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What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SORORITY LIFE is really a Facebook app with a mobile component. You won't be able to run the mobile app without also installing the app on a Facebook account. The game is a massively multiplayer role-playing game in which players shop, dress an avatar, and play missions to increase their popularity and influence. The missions are all text-based and are mostly innoccuous events like throwing a Freshman mixer or a arranging a movie night with friends, however some involve dating. There are also some Facebook-only missions that involve gambling. The most bizarre aspect of the game is the ability to fight with other players (this, too, is text-based and therefore, not graphic). Parents should be aware that random strangers can "fight" with your children in the game and send them messages as they do.
Is it any good?
Sorority Life offers a little more than most social app games of its ilk. Playing "missions" is still nothing more than making sure you have the necessary requirements and then clicking a button. The shopping and avatar dress-up aspects add a new element, and with the game's theme, they don't feel tacked-on or extraneous. It's annoying that you're forced to play some missions through Facebook, but the Facebook-only missions are actually what makes this a better app than, say, Ninjas Live. On Facebook, some of the missions are played out through real games -- hidden object puzzles, match-three puzzles, slot machine gambling, etc. -- and flesh out an otherwise thin game world. The fighting aspect is very bizarre, though, and feels utterly gratuitous.