Digi Makeover

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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New looks get old fast; mixed message for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Does this software send the message that girls need to wear makeup to be pretty? Or is it just fun to see what you can do to alter appearances with hairstyle and makeup?

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this software sends some mixed messages. Will girls who use it think they aren't pretty without makeup? Or will it educate them about billboard and magazine ads and how fabricated the beauty is that they find there? For some it may simply be another form of harmless dress-up, which allows tweens who are still looking for their identity to try out new ones digitally -- without resorting to the real and scary bathroom ear-piercing incidents and punk dye jobs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymom23kids April 9, 2008

rip-off

Please don't waste money it will disappoint your daughter to tears. It is a great concept but doesn't work at all like described. It is very frustrati... Continue reading
Adult Written bylilmissvito5300 February 4, 2009

Bestfriend

ilove my best friend
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
I love this games! it is sooooo much fun! I like to make up myself, but the defalt girls are kind of more fun, because the makeuup and hair is set to them, and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2010

This is a fun game to get creative with

I think this game is just a fun game where girls can enjoy creating new looks.

What's it about?

With DIGI MAKEOVER from Radica, tween girls can digitally experiment with their own appearance and the appearance of six other models. Girls can try out different hairstyles, makeup, and accessories. The game works by plugging the Digi Makeover touchpad into a television using the audio/video input jacks. Girls make decisions by pushing buttons on the touchpad to select from possible options shown on the TV screen, and they use a stylus to apply makeup to a model's face.

Is it any good?

Girl testers said most of the hairstyles didn't look realistic. The makeup options also produced mixed results: While it was fun to change eye color, it was difficult to apply subtle eye makeup. And trying to undo previous actions often resulted in wiping clean all your previous work.

Parents will have to wrestle with whether Digi Makeover could lower their daughter's self-esteem by sending the message that girls aren't pretty without makeup. Or perhaps Digi Makeover might help teach that makeup can create fake beauty, so they should be skeptical of the glamour shown in magazines. Some parents, however, will probably consider Digi Makeover as simply another way for young girls to play dress-up. But Digi Makeover, while initially interesting, won't keep girls' attention for long given its clunky design.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about beauty. Does this software make you feel like you aren't beautiful without makeup? Or does it reveal that many of the representations of beauty within our culture are fake? And, just for fun, what does mom look like with green hair?

Game details

  • Platforms: Plug-and-play TV games
  • Price: $60
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Radica
  • Release date: November 17, 2006
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: NR

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