iCarly: Groovy Foodie!

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fun time-management game, even if you aren't TV show fans.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

What 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.

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One of the best games for children

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What's it about?

In ICARLY: GROOVY FOODIE, Sam and Carly are at a hot dog stand when they decide to stuff a hot dog down the pants of another customer. A security guard catches them in the act, and the two are sentenced to community service. That sentence is played out as Sam and Carly work on the front lines of multiple restaurants around the city. Players assume the role of Sam and Carly to serve customers various menu items as quickly as possible. If they end up not being able to keep up with the increasingly hectic pace of customers, the game is over. Players can make things easier by purchasing upgrades and other items after earning enough money.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the storyline in the game. Did Carly and Sam get the punishment they deserved?

  • This is a time-management game. What do you like about this type of game?

  • Do you think it would be fun to work at a restaurant?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Subjects: Math: grouping, money, sequences
  • Skills: Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: D3Publisher of America
  • Release date: June 12, 2012
  • Genre: Time Management
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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