A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Most quests involve helping out in some way, such as building something that another Smurf asks for, or dropping by a neighbor's village to clear weeds.
Positive Role Models
The Smurfs are generally cheerful and positive, but there are also some negative ones like Greedy Smurf, who is shown munching on a cake, and Grouchy Smurf, who is always complaining.
Ease of Play
The game is intuitive, especially for players already familiar with Facebook sims. Players are guided through tutorials and quests, and the game is controlled with mouse clicks.
Products & Purchases
Players can use Facebook Credits to buy exclusive items and speed up quests. A pop-up window appears to purchase credits if players don't have enough credits to buy something. The game is based on the Smurfs license, and ads for the Smurfs movie and video games run along the bottom of the game window and appear randomly at start-up. One of the quests requires the player to "Like" the Smurfs movie Facebook page in exchange for a free item.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Smurfs & Co is a simulation game based on the Smurfs license that is played through the Facebook social network. The game is free to play, but players can purchase and use Facebook Credits to advance faster. The game can be time-intensive, and players must either rely on Facebook friends who are also playing the game to exchange items and help out with quests, or pay to unlock the quests themselves. While the game will appeal to players younger than 13, Facebook requires kids to be at least 13 to sign up for an account.
Is It Any Good?
The Smurfs & Co captures the mood of the Smurfs' license nicely, with visuals that are plucked straight from the popular cartoon. As players progress in the game they'll be rewarded by getting to interact with more and more "celebrity" Smurfs, whose individual character traits shine through in fun dialog snippets and special quests. However, players will need to convince some Facebook friends to join the game (or "friend" strangers for that purpose) since having neighbors is essential to progress beyond a certain point -- unless, of course, players are willing to pay to unlock certain quests and items.
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