Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party

Common Sense Media says

Dress-up game has both teamwork and unrealistic bodies.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches the importance of teamwork as characters work together to throw seasonal parties by all chipping in to complete their respective tasks.

Positive role models

The girls in the Winx Club are nice and supportive. Other characters try to thwart the parties by causing mischief. However, these characters all have unrealistic supermodel bodies, with very little diversity in appearance.

Ease of play

Mini-games are played by tapping the stylus on the screen. Players are awarded a star-rating based on performance, but there are no consequences for losing.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Part of the Winx Club franchise, which includes TV and DVD shows, and toys.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party is a mini-game collection featuring the setting and characters from Nickelodeon’s Winx Club TV show. Aimed at tween girls, the game contains positive messages about teamwork but features characters with impossibly thin supermodel figures who can be dressed in skimpy midriff-showing outfits.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • painting

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Creativity

  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

There are hundreds of different outfits and fashion accessories to unlock, giving kids the motivation to keep playing, although some of the minigames are overly simplistic.

Learning Approach

Kids learn to follow directions to complete simple minigames. They can also learn about fashion by creating different looks for their character using the clothing items they've unlocked.

Support

The game is simple to learn, and minigames are explained via short tutorials. Kids can replay minigames to master them.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • painting

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Creativity

  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Kids learn to follow directions as they complete party-related tasks to specifications, which include simple pipe-fitting, memory match, and visual arts mini-games. Kids can also learn about fashion as they unlock hundreds of outfits for their fairy. Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party misses out on some educational opportunities with overly simplistic mini-games –- like a music mini-game that emphasizes simple shape recognition rather than rhythm.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

Players customize a female fairy avatar by selecting hairstyle, skin color, and outfit, and enroll as the newest student at the Alfea School for Fairies. Gameplay is limited to helping members of the Winx Club plan themed school parties (such as Halloween and Spring) by playing six mini-games: coloring posters, decorating cakes, mixing punch, making fireworks, choosing music, and decorating centerpieces. By completing mini-games, players unlock new items, clothing, and accessories.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party is a fun dress-up game for tween girls, with hundreds of outfits and accessories to adorn a fairy character. However, the storytelling is weak, and the mini-games become repetitive since they don’t scale to greater difficulty. Story mode can be completed in about half an hour, leaving nothing else to do but replay the minigames to unlock more stuff. Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party gets the dress-up part right, but seems like a missed opportunity in other areas that could have done more to exploit the popular Winx Club franchise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about body image. Would the body types featured in the game be considered realistic or healthy in real-life? 

  • Have you ever planned a party? In what ways could you contribute to throwing a special event?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:October 30, 2012
Genre:Girl
Topics:Princesses and fairies
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS)

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