Imagine Reporter

Common Sense Media says

Simple but charming game for girls lets them play reporter.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game provides mini-game analogs for the sorts of tasks that actual reporters carry out on a day-to-day basis. It’s vaguely educational, places women in positive, ambitious roles, and hasn’t any content that might be considered offensive.

Positive role models

Players take on the role of Madison, a young woman who has to work her way up the ranks at a press agency, from simple city desk stories to investigative journalism. She is self-assured, ambitious, and always willing to take on new challenges -- a fine role model for any young girl.

Ease of play

The mini-games are straightforward and center around simple touch screen controls. It’s virtually impossible not to get top marks on early assignments, but things get a bit tougher as the game progresses.

Violence & scariness

The virtual reporter covers events that could be construed as violent, such as a building fire or a hurricane, but none of these stories include people who have been hurt.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Imagine Reporter is a game for girls that allows them to play simple mini-games that act as analogs for real-world reporter tasks, such as photography, interviewing, note-taking, and copywriting. The story is filled with strong female role models, including a journalism school teacher, a meteorologist, and, of course, the player’s avatar, Madison, an ambitious young woman who’s always ready for a new challenge. This game is completely free of violence, sex, and profanity, making it safe for younger ages. However, assignments involve a fair bit of reading -- and, in some cases, even some quick writing. It’s best suited for kids of middle-school age and older.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • writing

Social Studies

  • events

Arts

  • photography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions
  • investigation

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Imagine Reporter is simple, polished, fun, and at times even inventive. However, some mini-games are more authentic and compelling than others. 

Learning Approach

Kids will learn about basic tasks associated with being a journalist while practicing reading and being exposed to plenty of positive female role models.

Support

The mini-games are straightforward and center around simple touch screen controls. It’s virtually impossible not to get top marks on early assignments, but things get a bit tougher later on.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • writing

Social Studies

  • events

Arts

  • photography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • asking questions
  • investigation

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative

Kids can learn about what it's like to be a reporter in this career simulation game targeted at girls. They'll discover the basic tasks associated with the job of being a journalist, from hunting for stories to interviewing subjects to taking pictures. It also offers a good bit of reading practice, and even has kids do some writing as they scribble notes for themselves on the touch screen. Imagine Reporter is a pretty basic simulation -- kids don't actually craft their own stories -- but girls interested in journalism may come away with a better understanding of what the job entails.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Ubisoft’s latest game for girls, IMAGINE REPORTER, places them in the role of an aspiring journalist named Madison who must work her way up in a news agency. She begins as a city beat reporter and slowly takes on more demanding assignments until landing her dream job, the host of her own news show. Players engage in mini-games that are simple analogs for real-world activities, such as moving the stylus to keep a video camera focused on a moving subject, dragging the stylus around the screen to steer Madison’s scooter as she rides the streets in search of news stories, and tapping speech bubbles during interviews to record what is being said. As the game progresses, Madison frequently heads back to journalism school to learn how to perform new tasks, allowing her to tackle more complex assignments.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Imagine Reporter is a simple game, but it’s polished, fun, and at times even a bit inventive. The best mini-games are those that most closely resemble what a real reporter does, such as waiting for a subject to strike a pose before snapping a photograph, or scribbling out notes on the touch screen while listening to an interviewee talk, then referencing them to recall specific facts. Other games, such as one in which you have to remember patterns of depressed keys on a keyboard and then repeat them (it’s supposed to represent writing the story) are less authentic and, consequently, less compelling.

Overall, though, it’s a good game for girls. It gives players a glimpse into the daily routine of a journalist and features plenty of positive female role models. It is a shame, though, that there isn’t an option to select a male avatar. We suspect there are some boys out there who might have reporter aspirations of their own, but, for better or worse, wouldn’t touch a game in which they had to play as a girl.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how closely Madison’s duties in the game emulate those of real reporters. Do you think most journalists actually shoot, edit, and cut their own pictures and video? Which of the game’s activities most closely resemble their real-world counterparts?

  • Families can also discuss the game’s strong female characters. Women are depicted in roles ranging from professor to meteorologist to starlet. Can you think of other games in which women are portrayed as smart, confident, and driven?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:February 15, 2010
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Adult Written byluizgit November 9, 2014
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LEARNING

show da vida

muito massa
Teen, 16 years old Written bymonica1111 June 21, 2010
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love it
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2010
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6
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Rubbish

I thought It would be quite good and would inspire me to be a journalist but it didn't. It had bad graphics and boring gameplay. The mini-games were easy, but too easy and the same! Disapointing :(
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