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Pajama Sam: Don't Fear the Dark

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming game about overcoming common kid fear.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Love this game!!

When my son was little (he's 18 now!! Time really flies!), he was dearly terrified of the dark. This game really helped him through this fear. The game starts with Sam being determined to best Darkness in hand to hand combat and send him down to the firey pit of hell where he belongs, and ends with him viewing Darkness as a friend. In the final heartwarming scene, Sam goes up to Darkness and says, "Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone 'Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence Fools, said I, you do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach you Take my arms that I might reach you But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed in the wells of silence And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds of silence" so sweet!!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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What makes this game so much fun to explore is that the characters and settings are so imaginative. You will meet a boat who is afraid of the water and a refrigerator who sings opera.

But this game is basically a port of the PC game to the Wii. Majesco has not spent any time developing new gameplay that would use the unique Wii motion-sensitive controllers. There are very few minigames, and your interaction is simply point and click. Even so, this is a captivating adventure for young children because the Pajama Sam story is so strong. It feels as if you are playing inside a Saturday morning cartoon.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Majesco
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for everyone
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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