Sleepover Party

Common Sense Media says

Slumber party planner for older girls is safe fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Not a game in the traditional sense, SLEEPOVER PARTY is instead more of a party organizer for tweens and teens having friends over for the night. Players choose a theme, assign stickers representing each girl in attendance, and then select from some 60 activities organized by type. The majority of these activities, such as creating facial masks, doing each other’s nails, or dressing each other like mannequins, actually take place in the real world, with an onscreen guide named Aimee leading girls through each step. There are also some very simple mini-games, such as blowing up balloons by pretending the Wii remote is a pump or using the Wii balance board to balance a tray, but there are very few of these. Players can create activity lists in advance of their party or wing it with quickstart mode, which selects a random group of activities.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about slumber parties. At what age is a sleepover appropriate? What are some of the differences in activities suitable for younger and older party-goers?

  • Families can also discuss how much a game like this actually helps a slumber party. Did it present you with activities you wouldn’t have thought of on your own? Do you think you’d want to use it several times, or for just one party? Could you get the same information from a book or the Internet?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:January 12, 2010
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bysofka August 23, 2010
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I love this games
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Too much consumerism
Parent of a 12 year old Written byYOUSEF February 1, 2010
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i love it is so fun
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Too much violence
Educational value
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Kid, 9 years old January 31, 2010
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perfect

love it!
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