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My Baby 3 & Friends

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All-ages parenthood simulation game is polished and fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is about caring for babies. It simulates parenting toddlers and shows players some of the basics of looking after children.

Positive role models

The primary adult character in the game is a kindly nurse who teaches players how to care for and interact with their virtual babies. A grandmother also sends kind notes of encouragement.

Ease of play

Instructions are generally presented verbally and via onscreen cues, though some reading will be required. Even rookie players should be able to quickly get the hang of each new activity as it comes up.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Baby 3 & Friends is a parenthood simulation that is safe for all ages and suitable for anyone old enough to know how to read. It may even prove somewhat educational for younger players, leading them through some of the basic activities involved in toddler care and development. 

What's it about?

The unfortunately awkwardly named MY BABY 3 & FRIENDS picks up where the second game left off, with players looking after a toddler who is eager to learn about the world and interact with the things and people he or she finds in it. As in previous games, players get to customize the gender and look of their child before heading into parenthood, where a nurse coaches them through each new activity they try, whether it’s as simple as slipping down a slide at the neighborhood park or something more complicated, like teaching babies how to pick up after themselves. Other activities include decorating your toddler’s room and taking pictures of him or her that can be sent to grandma for rewards or to a local store for a baby picture competition.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The My Baby series becomes a little more polished and a little more accessible with each new entry. The third game, My Baby 3 & Friends, is wonderfully easy to dive into. Players need simply pay heed to the short and efficient voiced instructions that come from the game’s nurse, as well as occasional text-only instructions. Indeed, so long as your child can read, she should be able to play this game on her own. Activities are refreshingly simple to carry out. Players will need to pat their children with the DS stylus to keep them happy. They'll speak to the babies in a soft voice through the system’s mic to attract their attention so that they can be shown how to do things, like placing shaped blocks in corresponding holes. Activities outside of the house, such as swimming, going for walks, or playing with other kids and a puppy, are even more fun. Many of the games will seem a bit basic to older players, but kids fascinated with babies should have a great time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether players can learn from games that emulate real world activities. Are the interactive simulations in this game sufficient to teach players the basics about a topic as vast as parenthood?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:October 12, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors)

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Kid, 7 years old September 23, 2011

Best Game Ever!

It is a really good game for kids that are around 6 or 7 years old. You get to do a bunch of activities along the way, like playing dress-up or buy new clothes. One of my favorite things is the fact that you get to name it and love it forever. If you are looking for a great game that has babies in it, then this is the game for you!
What other families should know
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byGame Girl5 December 16, 2010

Not the best but not bad.

I got it. It's lots of fun but not the best out of all three. I hated that I couldn't care for my baby.
Parent Written byBellabluebird December 12, 2012

Terrible

I thought this game would be just as great as the others but its horrible you can't do any care with your baby it was a huge waste of my money