What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
The game is simple to learn, and minigames are explained via short tutorials. Kids can replay minigames to master them.
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?
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?