A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good mix of genders and races among the students and staff. Themes of teamwork, staying positive, and leadership are explored in the context of the kids working together as a team. Playing as Teacher April, you must occasionally discipline students who are disruptive or trying to cheat on tests by tapping them with the stylus or blowing a whistle.
Positive Role Models
April, the children's teacher, is a positive role model, although the camp's director, Frank Einstein, seems to hate children.
Ease of Play
Mini-games feature very simple stylus movements, and short, simple instructions that are presented both with text and visual cues.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is part of a series of Nintendo DS games designed to help girls role-play different careers. Where the first Imagine: Teacher game took place solely in a classroom, Class Trip combines class teaching with supervising summer camp activities. In addition to grading papers and cheering students on in their activities, the teacher might also be called upon to apply a band-aid, comfort a student (by giving him or her a teddy bear), discipline students that are getting too rowdy (by blowing a whistle or tapping the student with the stylus).
Is It Any Good?
Like the first Imagine: Teacher, the mini-games in Class Trip are somewhat easy and repetitive (and are based more on reflexes than actual knowledge), but they do keep evolving and getting more difficult as the days progress. (For example, the foot race mini-game eventually introduces a whistle that's activated by blowing on the DS microphone, and wasps that annoy the kids unless they're swatted away.) The competition and inevitable rivalries between April and the other teachers provide motivation to keep playing in order to see what happens next. Presentation is uneven, however, with bright cartoonish graphics but sound that is sometimes horrible (such as the grating note-tapping singing mini-game.) All in all, Imagine Teacher Class Trip is a solid effort, and one of the better games in the Imagine series. It offers a fairly realistic portrayal of both the rewards and the challenges of being a teacher at camp.
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