A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is set up as a popularity contest, with cast members of a sketch comedy show all trying to be the one to earn the most fan mail.
Positive Role Models
The characters all want to be more popular than one another, and they have no problem getting physical with one another (pushing, throwing things) during games.
Ease of Play
There's nothing too challenging, nor anything overly complicated. Difficulty-wise, the game is well-designed for the show's young fans.
Violence & Scariness
Several mini-games involve throwing and/or dodging things (pizzas, pies, water balloons, etc.). Some others require characters to bump and push one another, jockeying for key positions.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on and features characters from the Disney Channel sitcom of the same name. The game card also connects players to the free-to-join D-Gamer web community. Players can win new clothing for their D-Gamer avatars through this DS game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sonny with a Chance is based upon the Disney Channel tween series of the same name, and that it is really only fans of that series who will be interested in playing the game. They should also be aware that, like all DS games by Disney Interactive, this one connects players to Disney's online community, D-Gamer. It is not necessary to join D-Gamer in order to enjoy Sonny with a Chance, but players will be given D-Gamer avatar outfits as "prizes," whether thy want them or not. It is also important to understand that, though the game is not being billed as DSi exclusive, there are certain mini-games that make use of the DSi's built-in camera and will not available to players on a regular DS.
Is It Any Good?
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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