Lovely Lisa and Friends

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Clothing design with a tad too much girly-girlness.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While it's refreshing to have Lisa help her father build furniture, most of the game has her involved in stereotypically "girl" activities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite her prediliction for stereotypically "girlie" activities, it's almost impossible to call Lisa anything but a good role model. She's possibly the most responsible child ever depicted in a video game. She happily helps around the house, takes care of her younger siblings, and tries hard to excel at pretty much everything.

Ease of Play

All the mini-games are designed very well in order for younger children to not only grasp the rules and controls, but to be able to do well. There's a well-plotted distinction between the three difficulty levels.

Violence & Scariness

Lovely Lisa is a popular doll and toy line in Japan, and while the game introduces American children to the Lovely Lisa dolls and even has a photo gallery that shows the history of the doll line in Japan, there is no outward sales pitch.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lovely Lisa doesn't only exist in the world of this video game -- she's a popular Japanese doll as well. However, Lovely Lisa and Friends never appears to be trying to sell Lovely Lisa toys (which are not even readily available in the U.S.). Parents should also be aware that, among the many, many activities that Lisa can try in this game, most perpetuate gender stereotypes (taking care of children, cooking, shopping, doing laundry, putting on makeup, walking the runway of a beauty pageant, etc.), although a few don't such as helping her father build furniture.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJinny Gudmundsen March 3, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written byrandomgirl12 July 8, 2012

wrong age group. sort of... white ppl don't get it.

"girly girlness" is normal in asia. im 15 and a korean-new zealander. my cousin is a yr younger and she dresses COMPLETELY different from me. lol... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bydenise1234 March 12, 2010

What's it about?

In LOVELY LISA AND FRIENDS, a young girl helps her parents with random chores around the house, tries out several different potential careers (nurse, teacher, police officer, etc.), tries on makeup, designs her own clothes, and models in a beauty contest.

Is it any good?

There are some aspects of Lovely Lisa and Friends that are absolutely great. With dozens of mini-games to choose from, there's a ton of variety -- and all those games are well designed for young players. The fashion design mode is a wonderful creative outlet; you can draw your own patterns onto clothes with the stylus, or you can capture real-life pics with the DS camera and place them onto clothing.

At the same time, though, it's hard not to be distracted (at least for an adult) by the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. It's not that there's anything inherently wrong with a young girl cooking, caring for children, or even applying eyeshadow, but the game also contains some refreshing non-traditional activities, like the furniture building and Lisa's volunteering at the police station. It would have been nice to have a bit more of the the non-gender activities to feel more balanced. To sum it up, this is a very well-made game that could bother some parents with its themes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gender stereotypes. In the game, Lisa helps her father build furniture and helps her mother cook and clean. Could it (or should it) be the other way around? Do gender stereotypes like this hurt people in any way?

  • The game also allows you to design your only clothes. What kinds of patterns do you like to create? What is the inspiration behind your designs? What kind of real-world patterns (from the DS camera) would you like to use for Lisa's clothes?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: TOMY Corporation
  • Release date: February 26, 2010
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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