Pinkalicious: It's Party Time

Common Sense Media says

Sweet, fun party-planning game based on popular books.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Generosity, kindness, and the welcoming of new friends are all big messages here. The cast is diverse in several ways (age, ethnicity, gender) and everything you do in the game is done to make sure others feel happy and welcome.

Positive role models

Pinkalicious is a very positive role model here. She's endlessly cheery; she's artsy and creative; and she always wants to be inclusive and welcome new kids.

Ease of play

The game is very easy to handle and even preschoolers should be able to play its mini-games. However, there's no voice-over, so pre-readers will need to play with an adult or older sibling who can read the instructions to them.

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Consumerism

The game is based on, and features characters from, the Pinkalicious series of popular children's books.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pinkalicious: It's Party Time is an earnest, sweet-hearted game that is full of positive energy. Based on the popular book series, this game has nothing objectionable in its content. While it is easy enough for a preschooler to play and enjoy, there is no voice-over and younger kids may need someone to read them the instructions for every new mini-game. Also, be aware that the game is squarely targeted at girls; and while there are many boy characters, you can only create a female avatar.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

PINKALICIOUS: IT'S PARTY TIME begins when a new girl arrives in town and Pinkalicious wants to make her feel welcome by throwing her a big party. Kids get to go with Pinkalicious as she makes and hands out invitations, decorates, makes treats, and otherwise prepares for the party. Then they'll get to the party, tapping on guests and objects to animate them. If the heart meter at the top of the screen fills all the way up (which is easy to do), the party is a success. There are several different party themes and locations to unlock as you play.

Is it any good?

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Pinkalicious: It's Party Time has such a sweet and good-hearted nature, it's hard not to like. Kids are given a lot of freedom as to how they will decorate their invitations (they can write on them, or just draw pictures and place stickers) and they even get to choose which characters to invite to each party. There are a lot of townspeople who are all potential guests, all of whom will do different things at the party, so there's plenty of incentive to vary the guest list with each new party. The mini-games, which include activities like flower arranging, mixing fruit punch, creating party banners, and filling goodie bags, are easy, but entertaining -- as they should be for a game aimed at an audience so young. The game's one main flaw is that it has no voiceover. Kids will be presented with a new set of instructions to read for each new mini-game, and while the language is simple, easy reading, it might still be too much for the youngest Pinkalicious fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the themes of the game. Why is it good to be inclusive and welcome people who are new to your neighborhood?

  • Have you read the Pinkalicious books? If not, does the game make you want to read them?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:GameMill
Release date:March 29, 2011
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byMidwestmommy May 6, 2011
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My daughter got this as a reward for being really good with her new baby brother. Little did I know she would love it so much, there would be a tantrum of massive proportions when we told her to put it away the first time. She cannot read, but she has never had a problem with this game, even though their is no voice over text. I love that it teaches a bit about the etiquette of party planning, and that she is free to invite anyone - friends, boys, adults, or whom ever she would like.
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Kid, 5 years old April 12, 2011
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love it
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