Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut



TV-based romp has positive role models and teen drama.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches the value of positive thinking and friendship. It stresses the importance of positive thinking and confidence and encourages players to stand up for what they believe in no matter what others think and say. Players must navigate the tricky social situations that are typical of high school life by helping out their friends when asked.

Positive role models

The player's best friend at Hollywood Arts, Tori (who is also the main character of the TV show upon which this game is based), is a confident and kind role model who helps out and sticks up for her friends. The main antagonist, Jade, is a stereotypical high school mean girl who plays pranks on the other students, but later on she is inspired to be a nicer person after people are nice to her.

Ease of play

Players move and interact by tapping the stylus. Objectives are clearly marked with large green arrows. Mini-games require a fair amount of physical dexterity, although players will still "pass" in spite of low scores.

Violence & scariness

One girl punches another during a play rehearsal, which apparently results in a black eye, although the black eye is later found out to have been faked with make-up.

Not applicable

The game is a tie-in to the Victorious TV show.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut is a casual adventure game for tweens based on the TV show Victorious. The game teaches lessons about positive thinking and self-confidence. There is some comic mischief in the form of pranks: for example, a student who has to use the bathroom is handcuffed to the stairs. A girl is punched in the face during a play rehearsal and appears to receive a black eye, which turns out to be faked with make-up.

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What's it about?

As the newest student at the prestigious arts school Hollywood Arts, players must deal with the usual social pressures of high school (such as friends, rivals, and relationship drama). Players tap the screen to interact with characters from the show in order to help them out with their problems. Players also take part in rehearsals, performances, and other challenges through six mini-games that involve dancing, guitar playing, dramatic improvisation, drawing, staging, and serving food at the Grub Truck. By collecting stars, you can unlock new outfits to wear.

Is it any good?


Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut communicates positive messages and role models for tweens. Kids can choose to be male or female, and select from different skin colors and body types for a diverse range of character customization options. Each chapter of the game plays out like an episode of the TV show, with some sort of drama that eventually gets resolved with the player's help. Gameplay consists of a series of "go here, pick up that" quests that aren't at all challenging, thanks to giant green arrows that show the player exactly what to do next. The only real challenge comes in playing the mini-games, which can also be enjoyed separately in Arcade mode.

Fans of Victorious should get something out of Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut as long as they're OK with basically participating in a mildly interactive TV episode (with some fun mini-games thrown in), and don't expect a full-fledged adventure game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. In what ways is it good to have a strong network of friends? What qualities do you look for in a friend, and in what ways can you be a good friend to others?

  • Families can also talk about bullies like Jade. Why do some people like to play mean pranks? What are some strategies for dealing with bullies in school? How about online cyberbullies?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:November 15, 2011
Topics:Arts and dance, Friendship, Great girl role models, High school
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Violence

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Kid, 8 years old October 6, 2013

I do not like victourios.

victourios is fine for young children. its a tv show on nick,so how bad could that be?
Teen, 15 years old Written byMollyLappe November 6, 2015

I love this game!

Even though i am too old for Victorious, i love this game! My dad got a lot of video games for free at Menards and this was one of them, so i played it and i liked it. I have never seen the show, but this game is fun.
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