Club Penguin Game Day

Common Sense Media says

All-around great collection of multiplayer mini-games.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friendly competition and good sportsmanship are reinforced throughout. It is plainly stated that having fun is the most important part of playing a game.

Positive role models

None of these penguins are bad sports. They have team pride and may boast a bit before a match, but they concede defeat gracefully and remain friendly with the teams that beat them.

Ease of play

The controls for all the various mini-games are pretty simple to grasp. Don't expect to walk all over the computer-controlled teams, though -- the AI is pretty tough (on a kid level, that is).

Violence & scariness

Penguins can take slapsticky falls during games, and some of the games allows players to bump one another or throw snowballs at each other.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is part of the mega-hit Club Penguin franchinse and can connect directly to the Club Penguin website. Kids can download their customized characters from the site and use coins they earn in the game to purchase new items on the site.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about marketing synergy. Is this game meant to attract kids to the Club Penguin website? Is it built only for those who already belong to Club Penguin?

  • 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:September 21, 2010
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old March 3, 2013
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Why some 9 yrs old don't like club penguin

Good game.But Some nine yrs old don't like the game.The reason why is because the game is only for 7 and below.Some teens play which they do not suppose to.
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Great messages
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Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2012
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pretty good

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Great messages
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Too much consumerism
Adult Written bythe_wii_parent December 24, 2011
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Club Penguin Game Day

This game is safe and reliable. You don't have to worry about your kids getting hurt. My daughter got her game yesterday and hasn't wanted to stop. The game can also transfer coins to your kids' actual accounts on Club Penguin. It's a fun game that the whole family can play.
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