Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Colorful platformer featuring collectible doll characters.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn puzzle solving, exploration, and cooperation in Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends as they use each doll's unique skill in the right places in order to move through the environment. Hard of hearing gamers will miss out on parts of the story since not all of the narrated voice-overs are accompanied by text, which is also a missed opportunity for kids to practice reading comprehension. In spite of some missed learning opportunities, this fun puzzle platformer lets girls practice cooperation.

Positive Messages

Kids help others in each level by finding the items that they've lost.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dolls are kind and friendly. Kids are encouraged to play with their pets.

Ease of Play

Controls are intuitive and easy to learn. Kids get visual and voice-over hints about which Lalaloopsy doll to use in a given situation, so it's unlikely that they will become stuck. The tile puzzle mini-game can be skipped.

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Consumerism

The game is based on the Lalaloopsy line of toy dolls, but it does not push the consumer angle too aggressively. Kids can unlock pictures and bios of 40 different dolls.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends is a platformer game featuring the dolls from the Lalaloopsy toy line. The game lets kids interact with their favorite dolls without pushing the commercialism angle too strongly. Since this game is appropriate for 5-year-olds and can be played on both the Nintendo DS and the 3DS, parents need to remember to turn off the 3D aspects of the 3DS for kids under age 7 from within the devices Parental Controls. Nintendo warns that the 3D aspect could damage developing eyesight of children under age 7.

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What's it about?

In LALALOOPSY: CARNIVAL OF FRIENDS kids control four of the Lalaloopsy dolls (a fifth is unlocked later) as they go around a carnival helping their friends collect needed items. Each of the dolls has a unique skill, and players must switch between them in order to reach all the items. One doll, for example, uses a pillow to bounce over small obstacles, while another can pop balloons with a pin to access new areas. In between levels, kids play tile puzzle mini-games where they must rotate tiles until the two pictures match up.

Is it any good?

While Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends promotes the franchise on which it's based, it brings more to the table than that -- it offers fantastic gameplay as well. Kids take the dolls through a bright and cheerful carnival setting, which includes tight ropes, twisty slides, Ferris wheels, and roller coaster rides. Each doll has a pet in tow that can be interacted with, resulting in some truly adorable animations. As kids play, they'll unlock dozens of snapshots and bios of additional dolls, which encourages them to replay stages more than once. The strong platformer gameplay and puzzle-solving of Carnival of Friends should appeal to young players regardless of whether they're fans of the dolls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the game would be as enjoyable if it didn't star the Lalaloopsy friends. Did you enjoy the game more because of the gameplay, or the dolls? Why do you think this game was created?

  • Families can talk about fun at the carnival. What are your favorite carnival rides, and why?

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