A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn music appreciation, including how to measure the rhythm of songs, how to compose music, and how to break down a dance routine into individual parts. With all the tools provided, the game can encourage kids to try to apply what they've learned to recreating the experience outside the game with real dancing and real music. Also, extra mini-games help to teach strategic-thinking and puzzle-solving skills. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX gives players a chance to enjoy music with a fictional music idol, along with giving them a glimpse of a digital superstar's life.
Teaches rhythm, basic musical skills in a fun, happy setting, though some songs, videos cast a darker, more morose tone.
Positive Role Models
Characters always appear friendly, happy with no negative behavior; also lack developed personalities.
Ease of PlaySimple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
No violence shown, though some videos imply acts, such as a beheading (sound of a guillotine blade dropping).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some outfits, though cute, are suggestive. Some lyrics, if translated, are suggestive as well.
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Products & Purchases
Latest game to star Hatsune Miku, personification of a popular vocal-synthesizer program. Designed as a pop idol, Miku, her friends (also personifications of synthesizer programs) have spawned games, merchandise, even concerts overseas.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is a simulation/music game where players interact with a virtual pop idol in their own little virtual worlds. Players can buy clothes, furniture, snacks, and more for their new friends, as well as play games, compose music, and keep the beat of the music on more than 40 songs' worth of rhythm games. The costumes for each character run the gamut from cute to sultry, contrasting the child-like, exaggerated appearance of the characters. Although all the songs in the game are performed in their native Japanese, a few lyrics, if translated to English, could be considered inappropriate for young kids. Players who like the game may find themselves interested in checking out the other products that feature Hatsune Miku and her friends.
Is It Any Good?
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be part of a pop star's entourage, this is the game for you. Your new friend lets you tag along in all aspects of its virtual life, shopping, playing, and actually teaching. It's surprisingly fun to use the sugary-sweet tunes to learn how to recognize the rhythm in music and to experiment with the basics of creating some music of your own. This makes a lot of sense in the context of the game, too, since the entire experience is based on these animated mascots for software that's used to -- you guessed it -- compose music.
The music composition only gives you a couple of musical measures, two octaves, and single notes to play with. You won't be composing the next orchestral overture here. The same can be said for the basic choreographing you put together in the the Dance Studio. Even the downtime playing Reversi or the Sega classic Puyo Puyo feels overwhelmingly light. In fact, individually, not a single feature in Project Mirai DX feels particularly deep or engaging. But the fact that all these little pieces are packaged together in one somewhat cohesive bundle should be enough to hold onto kids' attention for at least a little while, fueling any interest they might have in music as a whole.
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