Parents' Guide to

Tomodachi Life

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Quirky sim engages kids in a virtual doll soap opera.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Has about 3 seconds of "fun"then it gets boring after that

At first glance,this "game" may look like it's fun. But after you play it for 3 seconds or more,you find yourself bored out of your mind. There's nothing to do on the pititful little isand that your Miis are stuck on, and the tasks become repetitive and boring very quickly. The voices are horrible and ear-grating, and if you don't have Street Pass,you don't get half the items. The Miis themselves are whiny and annoying,begging you to solve their problems or buy them food or toys or clothing, and the rooms the Miis "live" in are terribly small and cramped,making you feel claustrophobic. If you want a GOOD sim game,get Animal Crossing,Stardew Valley or Sims 3 instead. Don't bother wasting your money on Tomodachi Life. If you want a game with Miis in it,get Miitopia-it's much more fun and so much better than Tomodachi Life.
age 14+

Mii Murderer

Fine, but sometimes it looks like, the miis wanna murder each other

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (46 ):

Tomodachi Life isn't a traditional game, and it may not appeal to kids who are goal-oriented gamers. But for those who enjoy open-ended virtual social experiments, this is a real treat. The customization options for characters are vast, and you can even use a picture of yourself to get started. Have a name that's hard to pronounce? You get a chance to enter the phonetic spelling of your name, ensuring that your Miis can both spell and say their own names correctly.

Each day there are different food, clothes, hats, and decor available, so you can see which ones your Miis like best. The games the Miis like to play are tricky, often expecting you to identify a food item from a blown up or pixelated picture. Since the foods available are quite diverse, it's not always easy to guess between the loco moco, tiramisu, schnitzel, and string cheese, but it's fun trying. Plus, the Miis give you treasure when you're right. Tomodachi Life unfurls slowly over time. It may not be a game you play for hours a day for weeks, but it's one you're likely to revisit over and over to check in on your Miis and see what's going on.

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