Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff! Game Poster Image
Pajama Sam leads imaginative quest in junk piles.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the fourth title in a series of Pajama Sam software titles. While it's very fun to play, it isn't as in-depth as the earlier titles in the series. Still, it's worth exploring.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byywf April 9, 2008
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byeswanson April 9, 2008

Great choice for families with kids of various ages

There's something in the Pajama Sam games for kids from 3 to (at least) 8. My almost 5 yo hasn't solved the game yet but he loves to play - and has s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAllie P. March 25, 2012

Not the best Pajama Sam game, but still fun

Not my favourite of the Pajama Sam games, it's harder and not interesting, and when I play it my computer, Pajama Sam stops in mid-track when you move to a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 August 1, 2010

Not as good as the other PJ Sam games

This game is good for kids,but I don't really like it. It's not as good as No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside (the first one). And PJ Sam... Continue reading

What's it about?

Pajama Sam, a flannel-clad youngster who becomes a pint-size superhero by donning his red cape, is back in his fourth computer adventure titled PAJAMA SAM: LIFE IS ROUGH WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR STUFF! As with his previous titles, Pajama Sam's escapades take place in his imagination where he transforms his childhood world into a fantasy world. This time, Pajama Sam ventures into a junk pile in his room to hunt for his cherished first edition Pajama Man comic book. In this junk-strewn world, Pajama Sam discovers that inanimate objects talk.

Pajama Sam interacts with about a dozen characters as he travels through nearly 30 scenes. Children have to figure out how to navigate their way through this wacky world, and then remember the locations of specific characters and places. They must collect items in one part of the adventure to use in other parts.

Is it any good?

This is a delightful adventure that will keep children engaged and thinking for hours. If your children are new to the Pajama Sam series, they will be enthralled.

This title isn't quite as polished as its predecessors. Some scene changes have long lag times and the lip-syncing is off a little. This adventure is shorter than the previous three, and its replayability isn't as good because not as many things change when you play it again. Nevertheless, it is still an adventure worth undertaking.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kind of adventures they might encounter if they imaginatively explored junk piles in their rooms. Do you think this software might encourage anyone to let junk pile up? Is that OK?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: November 14, 2003
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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