What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?