A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good mix of genders and races among the students. You must occasionally correct a student who is disrupting the class by tapping him or her with the stylus. A balanced portrayal of the teaching career including everything from lesson planning to buying supplies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is part of a series of DS games produced by Ubisoft to help girls figure out what they want to be when they grow up. The game presents a balanced portrayal of life as a teacher, combining the gratitude of the students and the fun of planning lessons with the reality of disciplining students who act up, dealing with parental expectations, cleaning up the classroom, and buying supplies. Although the Imagine series is aimed at young girls, Imagine Teacher is one of the least overtly "girly" games in the series. The game has a multiplayer component that uses the DS's local WiFi connection. As long as at least one person has a copy of the game, up to four friends can play any of the mini-games together and try to beat each other's results.
Is It Any Good?
The mini-games in Imagine: Teacher are too easy to hold the interest of gamers over the age of 10 or so, but the game has a lot to offer the younger demographic due to extra touches that keep the game from becoming monotonous. These include weekly lesson goals that require you to achieve certain scores in a particular subject, random fun events like field trips to the zoo or movie theatre, feedback from parents, weekly staff meetings, and having to pay attention to who likes who when seating the students at the beginning of class. Imagine: Teacher is one of the best games in the Imagine series to date, and a pretty good simulation of what it's like to be a teacher.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate