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Lalaloopsy

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Mini-games simulate craft projects in collectible toy game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids go around the game helping others, doing craft projects, and making friends and giving them gifts.

Positive role models

The dolls are helpful, charming, and polite.

Ease of play

The game is very easy to play. Kids familiar a DS will immediately know how to move, and voice over instructions as well as simple graphics show kids what else to do in the game. The sewing mini-game can be a little tough to do.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

Language is cutesy -- using "sew" for "so" -- and appropriate for young children.

Consumerism

The game can come packaged with a mini-version of a Lalaloopsy collectible doll. As the game is about interacting with all of the Lalaloopsy dolls and making friends with them, it's a soft-sell, but nevertheless, a smart marketing tool that will appeal to young girls that like these "crafty" dolls.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy is a toy-based DS game that will appeal not only to kids who like the Lalaloopsy dolls, but also to children that enjoy doing crafts and playing mini-games. The soft sell here is masterfully done. Although there is no call to run out and buy Lalaloopsy dolls, kids get introduced to every one of the dolls and make friends with them by helping them and giving them gifts crafted in the game.

What's it about?

Kids choose to play one of the 12 collectible dolls in LALALOOPSY and go around the world with their pet, meeting other dolls and making friends. Kids will help each girl doll they meet find their lost pets, and then play mini-games that simulate making crafts, including creating friendship bracelets, sewing mittens, and others. Friendship with the doll characters is then reinforced by giving them gifts and helping them keep their pets happy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The Lalaloopsy game is particularly well suited for young girls who love the pretty rag dolls upon which the game is based. The dolls have hand-made details like button eyes. Each doll is a character in the game and true to its personality, crafting skills, clothing, and pet. Kids walk across the cutesy fantasy world and find items for making crafts and unlock mini-games that simulate doing crafts such as painting, baking, and sewing. As kids play the games, they unlock new patterns to try in each craft.

The games allow young players to practice skills like color and pattern matching, as well as tracing. There is some creativity involved as well, as kids do not have to match the patterns perfectly but can design their own creations as they play the games over and over again.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about video games as marketing devices.  Parents can ask kids if they know how this game helps to promote Lalaloopsy toys even though nothing in the game looks like an ad. Did you want this game because it came with a Lalaloopsy toy?

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  • Can you think of any other video games that also help to promote toys and or movies?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 6, 2011
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E

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Educator and Parent Written byyavannapr October 26, 2014

Good for Lalaloopsy fans.

My 4yo love the game. Is fairly easy play, she needed little help at first to find out what to do since she doesn't read yet, but is repetitive enough that she can figure out on her on as she advance playing it. Plenty of opportunities to talk about what is happening, like taking care of pets, helping friends, completing simple task, like finding stuff around or crafting gift, etc by dragging, tracing and rubbing the screen. She love talking about what she discover around. Remember is a game designed for little ones, is pretty simplistic in the interactions and complexity. Is free-play style, which mean you don't need to complete certain task to be able to keep going. It can get boring pretty soon for older kids. I consider it entertaining not educational. Complains i have about the game: the background music is louder than the voice that give you the instructions, making it hard to just listening instead of reading.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2012
LEARNING

BORING!

Well i am a ten year old so i would say lalaloopsy land is fine bot boring.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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