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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Poptropica Adventures is a handheld adventure game based on Poptropica, the popular virtual world for kids. While this version is played offline, players will still encounter some of the familiar faces and locations from the online version. There is some comic mischief, such as character stealing or hiding items belonging to other characters. Poptropica Adventures retains the positive, kid-friendly vibe of the Poptropica virtual world.
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What's it about?
POPTROPICA ADVENTURES plays like a slimmed-down version of Poptropica with similar look and feel. Players can travel to three of the islands (Super Power, Astro-Knights, and Mythology) and explore them by walking and jumping on the scenery. The goal is to complete quests by talking to characters, find items, and complete mini-game puzzles. In exchange, kids receive new avatar outfits and artifacts to display in a museum.
Is it any good?
While the Poptropica virtual world targets kids aged 6-15, Poptropica Adventures definitely skews towards the younger side of that demographic, even though parents might be required to help kids complete some of the dexterity-based mini-games and jumping challenges. Older kids and experienced gamers likely won't find the game challenging enough. Poptropica Adventures should be enough to hold the attention of a child in the 7-10 year age range for a few hours, but ultimately it just feels like a brief diversion from the virtual world on which it's based.
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- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Hobbies: collecting, fashion
Social Studies: exploration
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation
Self-Direction: achieving goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 6, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
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