Parents' Guide to

Surviving High School

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart and funny teen soap opera with some mature scenarios.

Game Nintendo DSi 2010
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

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age 9+

Good Game for tweens +

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Surviving High School is basically a playable teen soap opera, but that description doesn't give it enough credit. The characters are incredibly well-drawn (and not just visually), the dialogue can be very funny, and the plot can even be surprisingly touching in parts. Teens will definitely be engaged--and probably unwilling to put the game down between episodes. The inclusion of very real educational material is surprising, but laudable. And the tap-style football games (quickly tap the highest yardage numbers as they appear) makes the game palatable for non-jock types (who are probably a big part of the audience). Although the protagonist is a male by default, girls will probably also be interested in playing--and several of the bonus episodes have female protagonists. The game flirts with some ethically challenging scenarios, but that only makes it more appealing and, frankly, more relevant. Teens who are into the interactive story format should absolutely love Surviving High School.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: April 16, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Suggestive Themes, Violent References
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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