A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game promotes patience, gentleness, and responsibility. As a babysitter, you are responsible for the well-being of an infant (or toddler), and the game stresses the importance of that point. You need to be caring and gentle. There are repeated warnings to never shake the baby.
Positive Role Models
Mama demonstrates everything for you and is very encouraging with her words. She also exhibits a good level of patience, always keeping things under control.
Ease of Play
The mini-games that require you to use the baby doll are all very simple to carry out. You need only watch Mama and mimic what she does with her baby onscreen. The games that use the controller can be a bit more challenging, but are never too difficult. All are designed with controls simple enough for young kids to learn.
Violence & Scariness
In one mini-game, you need to swat flies to keep them away from the baby. In another, the tantrum-thowing baby tosses toys that you have to dodge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Babysitting Mama is a simulation game with a unique control method: The Wii remote is tucked inside a real baby doll (included) which you actually carry, hold, and rock during the game. There are a couple of small slapsticky moments among the mini-game tasks, like one challenge in which you have to dodge toys thrown by a tantrumming baby and a multiplayer game in which two players can "race" their crawling babies. For the most part, though, the game has a very sweet and gentle tone to it.
Is It Any Good?
When you first see the big, round-headed baby doll that comes with Babysitting Mama, you may think: Gimmick! But using that doll (which is a very well-made, decent toy on its own, by the way), really provides a unique and enjoyable experience -- one that little kids are sure to like. This is a very sweet game that promotes patience, gentleness, and responsibility -- and it's fun at the same time. While most of the game is spent trying to calm the baby, it's not all about peace and quiet, though. There are a good number of more up-tempo mini-games as well (most of which use the nunchuck controller) and some suprise moments that pop up, in which Mama's older daughter interrupts to call for help somewhere else in the house. There are a decent slate of multiplayer games here as well, but unfortunately none of them involve the baby doll (there's only one doll, of course). Still they're pretty fun games, like speed-diaper-changing and blanky tug-of-war. All in all, this is a great fun package, and it is not just an attention-grabbing gimmick.
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