A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this kid-friendly rhythm action game, like the TV show on which it's based, is squeaky clean. This first ever Hannah Montana PSP game can be purchased separately for $40 or as part of a Hannah Montana pack that includes a lilac-colored PSP system, three episodes of Hannah Montana on UMD, a 2GB memory stick, and stickers for $199.99.
What's it about?
HANNAH MONTANA: ROCK OUT THE SHOW is a PSP game based on the Disney TV show starring Miley Cyrus as pop star Hannah Montana. When her manager gets sick, Hannah must oversee her own tour with the help of best friend Lilly and brother Jackson. In the story mode, players travel to seven locations including Nashville, Venice, and Mumbai, and perform 11 Hannah Montana songs (including three tunes from the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack) by tapping various buttons in time to the music. Players must also design the stage and choose outfits for the performers. In a second Quick Play mode, players can play any of the songs they've unlocked.
Is it any good?
The between-song banter between the show's three stars – complete with voice-overs -- mimics the TV show right down to the studio audience laugh track in the background. The gameplay itself, however, is simplistic and not terribly challenging, which makes ROCK OUT THE SHOW an easy game to recommend for young Hannah Montana fans, but one that likely isn't going to appeal to players outside of that group.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Miley Stewart pretends to be an average teenager and conceals her pop-star identity (Hannah Montana) from most people. Do you think it would be fun to have a secret identity?
Have you ever had to fly on an airplane alone? What are some safety guidelines that kids should know if they have to travel by themselves?
Do you think it would be scary or fun to travel without a grownup?