A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In this life simulation, gossiping is a theme in the game, and some characters talk about cheating in school. But bad behavior has consequences.You will meet many characters that you can choose to befriend by talking to them, giving them presents, doing things with them, and/or sending them telegrams. If you aren't nice to others or if you gossip too much, your status in the game will change in a negative way.
Violence & Scariness
You must fight one character using your wand while he uses a sword. But no one is hurt and there is no blood shown. One magic spell can make another pass gas.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is mild flirting including gossip about getting dumped, going on an "adult" date, and being unfaithful. You can use magic to make someone fall in love with you.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a game meant to be played over a year's time with kids checking in to play a little bit each week. The gameplay is tied to the internal clock of the DS, with certain events activating once a day or once a week. Some of the characters talk about cheating in school, and gossiping is a theme in the game. There are consequences for bad actions in the game so that depending on how much you gossip and how snarky you are to others, your status in the game may be impacted. There is mild flirting between the characters and some magic is performed in a bathroom. One spell can force another to pass gas. This game can be played with others over Nintendo Wi-Fi or the Internet but only if both own the game and "Friend Codes" have been exchanged offline.
Is It Any Good?
The game is quite charming with its colorful graphics that span both of the DS screens, and constantly changing music. While the game's content unfolds slowly over time, there is always plenty to do including collecting mushrooms, seedlings, flowers, and insects to turn in for money; fishing; practicing magic (including doing incantations that change the way other characters feel about you); creating clothing designs; and talking (and gossiping) with others to make friendships. You can even play with friends if you both own the game and you have exchanged "friend codes" in person.
But this isn't a good fit for kids who like action in their games. There is a fair amount of wandering around waiting for mysterious events to occur.
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