Camp Rock: The Final Jam

Common Sense Media says

Nice variety in this combo camp sim and music game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Practice and hard work are the path to success. The game also encourages kids to develop their own musical talents.

Positive role models

The characters are all generally friendly and supportive of one another. Most are quick with a compliment. All demonstrate how practice and hard work will make you a better performer.

Ease of play

The rhythm-game interface works very well through touchscreen controls. It's very easy to learn and gets increasingly challenging as the game goes on, but stays manageable.

Violence & scariness

Water balloon fights are as violent as it gets.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the Disney Channel movie, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and features characters and songs from the film.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Camp Rock: The Final Jam is a wholesome simulation game based on the Disney film of the same name. It combines a role-playing aspect with a rhythm-based music game. Like many games produced by Disney Interactive, this one allows players to access Disney's online community, DGamer, which is a generally safe place for kids to connect online.

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What's it about?

In CAMP ROCK: THE FINAL JAM, you will create your own character who will attend Camp Rock, the music-themed sleepaway camp from the Disney films. You will learn how to play guitar, bass, and drums, plus get some dancing lessons -- all while you mix and mingle with the other campers and enjoy traditional summer camp activities like canoeing and water balloon fights.

Is it any good?

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With the film's built-in audience, Camp Rock: The Final Jam probably didn't need to be a very good game in order to sell a whole lot of copies. But the developers went the extra mile and actually put out a very fun and original game. The mix of role-playing-style exploration and socializing combined with rhythm-based music gaming works very well and makes for a varied and entertaining experience. The additional "camp games" add even more variety. The music itself can get a bit repetitive because there are only seven songs, but Camp Rock fans aren't going to care a bit about that. Plus you can play them on three levels of difficulty.

Online interaction: The game allows access to Disney's DGamer community, which lets kids create avatars, win awards, compare scores, and chat -- but in very safe ways.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the camp experience. Would you like to attend a sleepaway camp? If so, what kind? Would a music camp ever be of interest in real life?

  • Can you play a real instrument? If not, do games like this make you want to learn how? How is playing a real instrument different from playing a music game?

  • This game allows you to create an avatar. Why did you give your avatar the look you chose? Do you prefer an avatar who resembles you in real life, or one who looks completely different?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:August 31, 2010
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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