A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Friendship and cooperation are highlighted. The friends not only cook, sew, and play together, but clean up together as well.
Positive Role Models
Aside from one little bunny who likes to make a mess of other people's things, the characters are all friendly, cooperative folks. They have fun even when doing chores.
Ease of Play
The game controls are all very simple, well-designed for younger players. All 25 mini-games are also available from the start -- there's no need to win early games to "unlock" later ones.
Products & Purchases
Hello Kitty and her friends can be found on hundreds of clothing and accessory products available at stores. However none of that is overtly promoted through the game or its packaging.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adorable collection of mini-games is geared toward kids six and under (and does a very good job of reaching out to that demographic). The Hello Kitty brand has much wider appeal, however, with fans who range into the teens and beyond. Older kids will likely be left cold by this intentionally easy game.
Is It Any Good?
Very young gamers on the lookout for software that's not over their heads or beyond their abilities will find much satisfaction in Hello Kitty Party. The party-themed mini-games in this collection are incredibly simple (a few are actually over a bit too quickly, even for kindergartners) -- find the right vegetable in a produce stand, match a character to its silhouette, sort buttons into the right boxes, etc. They're generally set against time limits, though it's unlikely even young kids would have difficulty finishing the required tasks before time runs out. The time limits almost seem like they're added to give little ones the illusion of challenge more than an actual chance that they might lose. Hello Kitty Party is a great diversion for kindergartners and preschoolers new to gaming.
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