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Silverlicious

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Sweet game teaches Pinkalicious fans how to platform-puzzle.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

If you overlook the story's main plot -- about Pinkalicious trying to regain her sweet tooth by gathering tons of cakes and candies -- the game is full of nice moments of sharing, helping, and general good manners.

Positive role models

Pinkalicious is a sweet girl (even if she's got a big sweet tooth). She's friendly, generous, and always ready to help a friend in need.

Ease of play

Anyone over age 6 shouldn't have much difficulty with the simple run-and-jump controls, but since you do need to use two hands at once, kindergartners and preschoolers (who may be fans of the character) could potentially have some trouble. The game is a good way for kids who are new to video games to learn how to play a platform puzzler.

Violence & scariness

During the Valentine's Day levels, cupids shoot Pinkalicious with arrows, but they only cause her to pause for a second as she is filled with love. They're in the game as an obstacle to slow you down, not as an enemy to be defeated.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is a tie-in with the book of the same title, the latest in a growing series of Pinkalicious picture books.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Silverlicious is a platform-jumping adventure game based on a popular children's picture book of the same name. It has a good-hearted and helpful young female protagonist who, in this particular story, just happens to be gathering lots of sweet treats. She also does a ton of good deeds along the way, though. Aside from an overabundance of sugar, there's not much for parents to be concerned about here.

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What's it about?

Silverlicious, the game, is based on the children's picture book of the same name. In the story, young heroine Pinkalicious (a girl obsessed with pink) loses a tooth, which gets taken away by the Tooth Fairy -- only it happens to be Pinkalicious's "sweet tooth." Without it, desserts have no flavor! So, Pinkalicious sets pen to paper, asking the Tooth Fairy to provide her with treats and goodies that taste sugary. The game follows her through various holidays (Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas) on her quest to collect the requested treats from the Tooth Fairy's friends (Cupid, Easter Bunny, etc.). Along the way, she runs various errands for her friends and family members (because she's that kind of gal).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It would be easy to dismiss Silverlicious as a generic platformer, but this is a very specific game, with a very specific target audience (magic-and-fairy-loving kids like Pinkalicious herself). And for those kids, this is a great game. It's got a fun, sweet-hearted story, easy play controls, collectible trophies (which become animated in special "exploration" section of the game), and bonus costumes which each provide their own special powers (ballerina slippers that help you slide under low area, a twirling skirt for launching upward like a rocket, etc.). There's even great replay value in that you'll pass prizes that are unreachable the first time through. If you go back to an earlier level later in the game, after you've unlocked the appropriate costume, you will now be able to reach the prizes. All in all, this is a very nice game adaptation of this particular book.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about eating sweets in real life. How much is too much?

  • Combine this with talk with a discussion about proper tooth care.

  • This game features Pinkalicious, who stars in a series of picture books and another video game. Did you play this game because you already knew of the Pinkalicous books? Is that smart marketing?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Subjects:Language & Reading: reading
Skills:Emotional Development: empathy, persevering
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions, respect for others
Thinking & Reasoning: logic
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:GameMill
Release date:March 26, 2012
Genre:Girl
Topics:Princesses and fairies
ESRB rating:E for N/A

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 8, 2012

Silverlicious ???????

Silverlicious has a dirty mouth!!!!!!!!
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