Thrillville

Common Sense Media says

Amusing theme park simulation for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Some of the mini-games are based on a first-person shooter style of gameplay.

Sex

Mild sexual innuendos are used as the player flirts with guests.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a good amusement park simulation game with very little objectionable content. Parents can expect to see non-bloody first-person shooter action in some of the Mini games, and cheesy pick-up lines that have slight sexual undertones while the protagonist talks with some park guests. Since the game is mostly composed of Mini games and has a strong multi-player mode, it is a good game to pick up and play in short chunks of time.

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Kids say

What's it about?

The main attraction of THRILLVILLE is the 20-plus Mini games it is based around. From Dance Dance Revolution-style games used to train park entertainers to trampoline games with Tony Hawk-style moves, Thrillville has a full midway of tried-and-true game genres. The single-player mode has a thread of a story --essentially the protagonist's slightly eccentric Uncle Mortimer needs help managing his five theme parks. By completing objectives, such as challenging guests to a Mini game or building specific rides, players can advance to the next, more difficult park.

Is it any good?

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Most of the Mini games are extremely well done, with more depth than would be expected. A few games suffer from slightly clunky controls. For example, it can be a challenge to aim during the shooting gallery and first-person shooter games. A great feature is the included multi-player mode.

The game might make players a little nauseated when it comes to interacting with park guests. Chatting up other teens to become a love interest is an adventure in some of the cheesiest pick-up lines heard on this side of a Ferris wheel. Even non-romantically charged conversations become a bit tedious as the originally interesting factoids and phrases get overused as the game progresses.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why amusement parks are so much fun. Can a video game do the experience of visiting a theme park justice? Is it all together different experience, or are there some similarities?

Game details

Platforms:PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:November 26, 2006
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E10+ for fantasy violence; mild lyrics; mild suggestive themes (PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox)

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Ipoped out of my shoes when i played

It is awesome.I mean i is the best game i have ever played.Do you like it?
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