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Parents' Guide to

Build-a-Bear: Welcome to Hugsville

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun mini-games, but website codes as rewards are troubling.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+
age 4+

I love teddy bears!

There is alot of friendlyness, friendship, caring, and love. No violence and swearing, here!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Build-a-Bear: Welcome to Hugsville presents itself as a story, and has some role-playing elements, but is essentially a collection of mini-games. The mini-games themselves are fun ones, many covering classic playground activities like tag. The play control is fine on most of the mini-games, though the small size of the DS screen is a detriment to a few of them, in which wee little character icons may make you squint a bit. The way the game is set up requires you to play through several levels of the same few mini-games before you even have the opportunity to open up new areas and earn new mini-games; the forced repetition may also be a source of frustration for some players. On the positive side, though, the ability to build and customize your own home and vehicles is a very nice touch, as is the chance to build up and personalize the flora of your virtual land. The online codes that can draw players onto the website don't affect gameplay, but are sure to be a cause of concern for some parents.

Online interaction: While the game itself is not online enabled, players can "win" codes that are redeemable on the website, which could encourage young kids to want to go online.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: March 26, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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