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Sonny with a Chance

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mini-games with cast of TV show are fun, but disjointed.

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Sonny with a Chance, like many video game sitcom adaptations, doesn't attempt to follow plots or storylines from the show upon which it is based -- a sensible decision, as most sitcom situations aren't exactly playable scenarios. But the mini-games here do a good job of sticking with the tone and feel of the show. They certainly stay true to the "So Random" theme. And many of the mini-games are good, chaotic fun -- especially the ones that require you to push and nudge other players out of your way. The game's big flaw is in the layout of the game boards. There are too many empty spaces, and not enough that lead you into mini-games. And a mini-game can become quite monotonous and dull when it just involves one person after another moving along spaces on a board. Simply playing the mini-games on their own is much more enjoyable, but unfortunately, you can't "purchase" any of them from the in-game store until after you've completed them in a boardgame session.

Online interaction: Kids can win new avatar outfits for their online D-Gamer accounts. More impressively (though not technically online), four friends can play a mulitiplayer game with only one game card through the DS's wireless connection.

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