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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Charm Girls Club: Pajama Party is an accessible, fast-paced party game for girls. It has an endearing innocence that parents might not expect. Sure, some of the mini-games are based around superficial things like hair-teasing and striking modeling poses, but even within the context of the game, the girls don't take them seriously. It really is all about having fun. Many of the mini-games are also designed to get players up and moving, like a dance contest and a bike-riding competition (during which the avatars catch fireflies). The Charm Girls (and the avatars players will create) pepper their speech with lots of text-speak, like OMG and BFF, but the overall game is not as vapid as that may make it sound. It is meant to be played at slumber parties.
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What's it about?
In CHARM GIRLS CLUB: PAJAMA PARTY up to eight girls engage in a series of competitions in a slumber party setting (although only four can compete at a time). Many of the minigames are based on traditional sleepover activities, like pillow fights, making cookies and popcorn, dancing, bouncing on beds, and braiding one another's hair. Completing certain challenges wins girls pieces of jewelry for a virtual charm bracelet.
Is it any good?
Charm Girls Club: Pajama Party knows its demographic. Assuming the group of girls playing the game is anything like their virtual onscreen representatives—meaning they're looking for laughs and hoping to work out some giddy energy with a bunch of friends—this minigame collection will give them exactly what they want. None of the games are very challenging, but that's not a problem when the enjoyment is based on four players simultaneously trying to outpace each other at the same simple (and sometimes silly) task. The constant cutesy tween-speak can be a little cloying to adults, but it doesn't seem to bother the kind of kids who are likely to be interested in this game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about synergy. Why do the codes you win in Pajama Party unlock bonus features in other games and not this one? Can you enjoy one Charm GIrls Club game without buying other titles in the Charm Girls Club series?
This is an avatar game. Parents can ask their children why they made their avatars look the way they did.
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