Poptropica Adventures

Common Sense Media says

Popular virtual world now on handheld; has good role models.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game based on Poptropica, the popular virtual world for kids.

Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration

Hobbies

  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most kids should be able to finish in a few hours, and there's little reason to play again except to replay mini-games in the arcade. Older kids might find the challenge too easy, while young kids might be frustrated by the controls.

Learning Approach

Learning isn't an integral part of the game, and the mini-games are often only tangentially related to the subject matter -- for example, pipe-fitting and racing mini-games in an island based on Greek mythology.

Support

Kids can't always get help when they need it. Mini-games lack tutorials save for brief pictorial instructions at the beginning of each game. However, kids can replay the mini-games as many times as they need to in order to master them.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration

Hobbies

  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game is based on a popular virtual world called Poptropica. Why do you think the developers made this game?

  • Do you like playing games on the Nintendo DS? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
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 (Nintendo DS)

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Fun Fact

Did you know that Poptropica was created by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

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