A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn how to manage time effectively. They will need to pay very close attention to every line of customers as they strive to serve everyone as quickly as possible. As the game progresses, kids must remember more as the number of customers increases. iCarly: Groovy Foodie! lets players practice thinking under pressure, as they learn to focus and memorize patterns.
This game's premise is that Sam causes havoc at a local hot dog stand and then is sentenced to community service. But there is a stronger message about how Carly and Sam work together to make amends for that mischief. Sam takes responsibility for her actions, and together with Carly, the two end up becoming the best restaurant workers in the city.
Positive Role Models
Carly and Sam are well-known role models, and although the interaction with these characters is minimal in this game, their friendship, ability to work together, and dedication to doing a good job in whatever their task may be, shines through.
Ease of Play
This game is very easy to pick up and play. Players need to serve food to customers as they walk down one of four different aisles. The challenge comes in when customers start pouring in from every aisle, making it difficult to keep track and serve everyone before they reach the end of the aisle.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iCarly: Groovy Foodie! has a storyline about the two main characters causing havoc at a local hot dog shop, resulting in them being sentenced to community service. They end up turning the situation around and become model employees at other local restaurants. This is a time management game, so players need to stay focused and watch for customer patterns in order to succeed.
Is It Any Good?
iCarly: Groovy Foodie uses a very classic and tested gameplay format. As a result, it is exactly what players should expect from a time management game -- keep an eye on all the customers, memorize different customer patterns to develop strategies, and stay focused for the duration of each round in order to serve every customer successfully. What makes this game unique is the iCarly branding. Players can unlock "random dancing" upgrades, and many of the different restaurants and customers are from the iCarly TV series. There are also "boss" customers that players must serve repeatedly until they are satisfied, and each of these is a different nemesis from the show. In short, iCarly fans will appreciate the references in this game, but even without that tie-in, the game stands up solidly on its own.
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