Imagine: Teacher

Common Sense Media says

Well-balanced look at a teaching career.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

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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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Ubisoft's Imagine series is a set of Nintendo DS games aimed at helping young girls and tweens explore different career paths. In IMAGINE TEACHER, kids step into the shoes of teacher April as she takes over for a retiring teacher at the local elementary school. As the only teacher on staff, April is responsible for not only teaching all of the lessons and marking homework, but also cleaning the classroom after school (by rubbing and dragging the DS stylus to clean up dirt and straighten tables), and buying new school supplies.

Lessons unfold as mini-games divided into categories like arithmetic, English, social studies, and art. The idea is similar to "brain training" games like Brain Age or Big Brain Academy, but the challenges are much, much simpler. Some examples include tapping and rubbing letters in a book to "practice reading," playing back simple sequences on a glockenspiel, matching pictures of animals to the correct name, and identifying items by the historical period to which they belong by dragging them into the appropriate column (such as a knight to the Middle Ages).

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which school subject they liked best and would want to learn more about or teach in real life. Would you want to be a high school teacher who specializes in one or two subjects, or an elementary school teacher who gets to teach a bit of everything? Do you think that the game was a realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a teacher?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:August 12, 2008
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 11 years old October 18, 2010
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6
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Not for old people.

Meh, this game is ok. I won't say it's great because it's not, and i won't say it's bad, either. This game is pretty quick to play because they go over things I learned in second grade. And after you're done, all it does is sit in your Nindendo DS library. Overall, good for smart little kids, but older kids will lose interest. D:
What other families should know
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Teen, 13 years old Written bylivvy.girly November 11, 2009
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Not that fun, repeat things.

Usually very easy, which gets boring because you do the same thing over and over again. I found myself finding excuses NOT to play. Sometimes it would get too hard for a while. Which made it too frustrating. Passed the game in a week, wouldn't play again though.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 11 year old Written byPatty101 July 7, 2009
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AMAZING NOT HARD

Great. Love it!
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Great messages
Great role models

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