What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
- respect for others
Engagement, Approach, Support
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?
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?