The Fairly Odd Parents: Breakin' Da Rules

Common Sense Media says

Unimaginative, repetitive gameplay.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some gross-our humor (dodging snot bubbles and flying boogers)

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

Elementary school naughty words like "booger" and "fart"

Consumerism

Based on a popular TV show

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because many children will already be familiar these characters, the mild naughtiness and gross behavior should already be old news. Timmy will need to travel through his sitter's nose and complete a mission requiring superior burping skills to finish the game.

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What's it about?

THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS -- BREAKIN' DA RULES begins as Timmy is piled high with homework and wishing that it would all disappear. Luckily for Timmy, he has his own Fairy God Parents who grant his wish. Unfortunately, due to a nefarious trick by the evil Juandissimo, when his schoolbooks disappear, so does \"Da Rules\" book. Timmy accepts a dangerous mission to recover \"Da Rules\" book that, if in the wrong hands, could be dangerous.

The first mission, and perhaps the most disgusting, is a journey through the \"space-time continuum\" into Vicky's nose: Timmy and his nose helicopter need to fly around giant \"snot bubbles\" while collecting magic dust and fighting off \"boogers.\" The controls are very simple as the directional keys control the helicopter and the CTRL button fires booger dispersing ammunition. Timmy collects his first Good Deed Badge and moves on to the next mission, a downhill skiing course, and then an activity in which he dodges electric eels and swimming fish, and so on.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If there were any redeeming quality to this game, it would be that fans of the cartoon get to see their favorite characters in wacky situations without having to turn on the television or wait for the show. But for children who like varied activities and challenging situations, this game will not satisfy their needs.

The developers decided to use the cheapest and least efficient technology available to create the game. It's quite obvious, from the choppy opening animation through to the unimaginative gameplay that THQ wanted to get a game based on the popular cartoon on the shelves as quickly as possible. Redundancy and lack of ingenuity pervades all 11 levels of the game and will have most children (and even adults) eager to turn off the computer before level 3 can be completed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about marketing and tie-in products. How does this game reflect what you like about the TV show it's based on? Would you like it if it wasn't tied into the Fairly OddParents?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:December 17, 2003
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byhamstergurl09 June 18, 2011
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7
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Garbage

My friend bought this at our local library's fundraiser for 10 cents. At first, my friends and I thought, "Wow, what a deal!" Then we started playing the game. This is a terrible game. The graphics look really strange, almost awkward. The control is stiff. The gameplay is incredibly uninteresting. This was just something spat out by THQ to cash in on a popular cartoon. The library obviously sold it to us for so cheap because this game sucks and they wanted it off their hands. It belongs in a Dumpster, not a game system.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySgt-Samson July 3, 2010
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8
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A great potential of a game hampered by faulty controls, ugly graphics, simplistic gameplay, bad quality voice acting, and a stupid plot.
Educator Written bycecilix March 12, 2009
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