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Hello Kitty: Happy Party Pals (GBA)

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      14.05.2009 00:45
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      "Hello Kitty: Happy Party Pals" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by THQ. It is based on the "Hello Kitty" animated series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      As the name of the game suggests, the central theme surrounding this game is a party. The player assumes the role of Hello Kitty who serves as a hostess to her party. She must first create and distribute invitations for her guests, gather supplies and when the time arrives ensure each guest remains happy throughout the festivities. The game plays in a very linear style and is very easy to complete. The party itself can present a challenge as all guests feature a happiness metre. It is the player's objective to ensure these remain at the highest levels as, should all guests leave in a happy state, the party will be deemed "good" and the player successfully wins the game. Ensuring this state of happiness is not difficult as each guest will motion to a particular item which increases their happiness metre back to the maximum level. Aside from this party mode the game also features 13 Hello Kitty themed mini games such as memory matching. These are independent from the party mode and serve as additional features to the gaming cartridge.

      The graphics are presented from a side view which focuses on Hello Kitty. Characters are large and occupy much of the display. Because of this large scaling the developers were able to focus on the finer details of the characters' appearances. Hello Kitty in particular is well designed and features her typical pink and red attire, and is accented by the small bow resting on her head. The audio compliments the "happy" atmosphere of the game as each musical composition is lively and upbeat.

      Overall, Happy Party Pals could be seen as appealing by a younger audience due to the lack of any perceived difficulty. It does not boast any obvious technical fault but did not engage me as an adult player due to the absence of challenge.

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