A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game promotes friendly activities shared among tweens and young teens. The content is squeaky clean, though, as always, there is room for girls to turn some of the activities into popularity contests or use information gleaned from some of the game’s personal questions against others.
Positive Role Models
There aren’t really any characters in the game other than a friendly hostess named Aimee. The real role models will be the players themselves, who must choose how they want to play many of the games and whether or not to make everyone present feel included.
Ease of Play
Most of the activities take place in the physical world, with the game’s hostess providing simple instructions (be aware that some of them will require supplies, such nail polish, make-up, clothes, and food). The activities that truly are video games are very simple and typically involve a simple repetitive movement with the remote.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex, but some romantic themes. One game has one player choosing who she’d kiss, marry, and reject from a list of three boys named by other players.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sleepover Party is less a video game and more of an interactive slumber party guide. A digital hostess describes how various party activities work, such as how to “break the ice” by writing down answers to personal questions and how to create and apply facial masks. Note, though, that some of the activities -- those that involve applying make-up and chatting about kissing boys -- are appropriate only for older girls. Also, the game often lets participants break into groups of their own choosing, so you may want to keep an eye on things to ensure that all of the girls playing are being included.
Is It Any Good?
Sleepover Party could be a fun and useful tool for girls who want to ensure that their party isn’t lacking for things to do. As you add activities to your party plan you can see a timer that estimates how long it will take to complete them all -- handy, regardless of whether you have lots of time or very little. And little touches, such as a list of items you’ll need beforehand (food for facial masks, make-up for a game that has girls making each other look silly, clothes for a dress-up game), help the planning process even more.
That said, we can’t help but think that most of the activities presented are ones that girls can come up with by themselves or with their friends and parents. What’s more, those that take place on screen are far from compelling and will usually force players to take turns, which is never much fun. Still, a cheap price tag of $19.99 means it might be worth taking a risk on. Even if you only use it once, you’ll likely remember your favorite activities for future get-togethers.
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