A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game enourages kids to go outside and explore.
Positive Role Models
There are no role models in this game, other than a robot.
Ease of Play
The game is fairly easy to play -- simply move round to collect stars/treasures -- but some of the in-game menus require a bit of learning.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this innovative game creates a digital treasure hunt for kids. Parents should remind kids who are walking around outside with their Nintendo DS (to collect treasures in the game) to close the lid to ensure they're watching where they're going (yes, the Wi-Fi detection still works). Also, parents who set up a ClubTreaureWorld.com account can restrict online communication with other players, if desired.
Is It Any Good?
The game is incredibly fun as you try to collect as many treasures as you can, including an optional web component that allows trading of treasures between gamers, but it's not a flawless experience. One issue is that the game has only one saved-game slot, therefore only one person can enjoy the game at time, unlike most Nintendo DS games that you (and friends) create up to three profiles. But Treasure World cleverly takes advantage of the wireless connectivity built into the Nintendo DS to create a unique game experience – especially for those who love collecting.
Online interaction: Players can connect on a website and trade virtual items in the game. Whoever sets up the account (such as a parent) can disable interaction with other players, if desired.
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