A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Club Penguin Game Day is a collection of mini-games based on -- and with the ability to directly connect to -- Disney's Club Penguin web community. Kids with Club Penguin accounts can transfer "coins" they earn in the game to their account on the site. This game, however, can definitely be played be children who don't use the Club Penguin website. The mini-games are designed for four players to compete simultaneously, but can be played by fewer players as well.
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What's it about?
In CLUB PENGUIN GAME DAY, four teams of penguins compete in a wacky Olympics that includes events such as sack races, snowball fights, dance-offs, and balancing contests. Kids can design their own penguin avatar (or download one from the Club Penguin website) and use coins they earn to buy costume pieces for their bird to wear. In the solo story, your penguin will pick a team to join and then help that team take over all of the island's territories by winning mini-tournaments against the other teams.
Is it any good?
Thanks to the popularity of the website that inspired it, Club Penguin Game Day is going to have a built-in audience, but even if it didn't have that Disney-approved name behind it, it would still be a fantastic collection of multi-player mini-games. Many of the events are creatively original and all are a blast to play, especially in groups. As a party game, Club Penguin Game Day really shines. It's great fun to see four kids competing to see who can roll the biggest snowball or who can best mimic the onscreen penguin dance moves. The controls for all the games should be simple enough for young kids to grasp and pre-game tutorials do a good job of explaining them in only a few simple steps. All in all, this is another quality product from the Club Penguin people.
Online interaction: Kids who have Club Penguin accounts online can download their penguins for use in the game. They can also use coins they earn in this game to purchase new items on the site.
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents can kids can also discuss good sportsmanship. A main message of this game is that winning or losing isn't as important as having fun. How can you apply this lesson to real life?