By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Popular virtual world now on handheld; has good role models.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn to follow directions, apply information, and solve puzzles as they complete quests, most of which involve fetching various items for the game's characters. Kids learn a little bit about Greek mythology, superhero types, and medieval fairytales as they explore three themed islands; however, the information is superficial. Kids can also collect outfits and dress up their character in different ways. While the themed islands and museum setting provide some learning, Poptropica Adventures focuses more on fun.
The game encourages cooperation and helping others. Players assist characters in a variety of ways, such as finding lost items and delivering messages, and receive rewards in return.
Positive Role Models
Kids meet a variety of helpful, friendly characters. Even the "villains" aren't truly evil, and ultimately see the error of their ways.
Ease of Play
The gameplay is simple. The controls, which emphasize jumping, can be awkward and a little tricky. Some dexterity is required for the mini-games.
Violence & Scariness
One mini-game involves racing another character, who shoots projectiles that must be dodged and if you don't, you get knocked back further in the race. However, your character has no reaction of getting hurt.
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This game based on Poptropica, the popular virtual world for kids.
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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- Platform: 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
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 6, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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