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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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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.
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- 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
For kids who love fast-paced games
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