What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moxie Girlz is a game based on a line of dolls. In the game, there's a lot about fashion, shopping, and posing for photos, but the girls are also into reading, sports, and other activities. They choose to make a magazine together and give each issue a nice self-empowerment theme. In the game's story, the girls are engaging in positive, creative activities, expressing themselves in a healthy way, and, in that respect, setting pretty good examples for kids who play the game.
What's it about?
In MOXIE GIRLZ, four friends invite you, the player, to join them in creating their own magazine. As the editor, you will get to stage photo shoots and choose which pics end up on the cover and the mag's pages. You'll also get to write headlines and choose quotes from the other girls to use in the articles. Each issue has its own theme (\"Dreams,\" \"Individuality,\" etc.). When you're done, you'll deliver the issue to customers and use the money you make to buy new clothes and backdrops for more photo shoots.
Is it any good?
The Moxie Girlz dolls have been compared to the Bratz, thanks to their huge eyes and puffy lips, but parents will probably be pleasantly surprised to see that the Moxie Girlz game is not entirely obsessed with looks and fashion -- and that it actually puts forth some great girl empowerment messages. Yes, there's a lot about fashion and shopping in here -- you dress the girls for photo shoots -- but there's a lot more, too. Each of the girls has her own passion, and they constantly stress the importance of being your own person. And the whole idea of a video game in which you edit a magazine is a refreshingly new one.
If anything, the game might feel a little slight (as each issue basically has a cover and two pages), but it's got a nice message that could inspire kids to venture out into their own offline creative endeavors.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the model set forth by the game's characters. Ask kids what they would write about if they were to make their own magazine? What other ways can kids express themselves creatively?
You can also talk to kids about synergistic marketing. Does playing this game make you want to get Moxie Girlz dolls?