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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
Can you think of any other video games that also help to promote toys and or movies?
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