iCarly 2: Join the Click!

Common Sense Media says

Game fails to capture what's good about the show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Your role in the game is that of volunteer errand boy/girl for the iCarly staff. Your main objective in performing these menial tasks is to ingratiate yourself with the famous teens you idolize -- this feels like a negative overall message. However, the game also rewards you for being nice: When you chat with people, if you choose the nice (as opposed to mean or sarcastic) conversation choices, they will like you more. When someone likes you enough, they will send you a "friend request" on the game's fake Facebook-like site.

Positive role models

Carly may be a strong positive female role model on her show, but here, she's somewhat bland and devoid of personality. Her friend, Sam, however, is quite snarky and prone to insult other characters in the game.

Ease of play

It's not difficult to control, though the "webisode" mini-games could use a bit more explanation.

Violence & scariness

You'll see, but not engage in, pie fights.

Language

You may hear a joke about "pee soup."

Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the very popular tween TV series, iCarly. In the game, you'll play the part of a new character on the show.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iCarly 2: Join the Click! is a video game based on the iCarly TV show. While Carly, the main character of the show, is a positive role model, in this game, you don't get to play as her. Instead, you are asked to play as a character who is a diehard fan of Carly's. You runs around the city performing errands for Carly and her friends while hoping that you'll impress them enough that they will ask you to be part of their show team.

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Kids say

What's it about?

In iCARLY 2: JOIN THE CLICK!, you play the new kid in town who is starstruck by Carly and her web-series co-stars. They seem to think that you might be a kind of okay kid, so they invite you to work as their assistant/gofer. You'll run around the city, visiting different locations from the TV series and chatting with familiar characters, as you perform various tasks, most of which involve picking up a certain item. You can also collect \"friends\" in the game, by talking to people, choosing the right things to says, and having them like you enough to send you a \"friend request.\" You'll also be asked to create \"webisodes\" of the iCarly show: This involves playing a completely unrelated puzzle game and then choosing to add short 2-second-long scenes, like Carly on a pogo stick or two girls throwing pies at each other.

Is it any good?

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iCarly 2: Join the Click! is a messy, sometimes incomprehensible mish-mash of a game. The general idea of allowing young fans to interact with the show's characters is a good one, but it's played out in a chaotic, confusing way. There's not much that's fun in running errands around a virtual town. And creating the "webisodes" by playing a marble-shooting game simply doesn't make sense. There's a map of the city you'll be traversing, but no maps inside buildings, where you can actually get lost trying to find the exit. Fans may enjoy some of the dialogue, but beyond that, there are far too many misfires in the game for it to truly be fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrities as role models. What would you do to meet a celebrity you like? Are celebrities better or more important that people who are not famous?

  • Families can also talk about hurtful language. When a friend tosses around insults to be funny, can that hurt people for real? Or should the people who are being poked fun of understand that it's all meant in humor?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 16, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

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i love school

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