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As a 31 year old masculine mountain of a man (ok maybe not) I do find myself scratching my head as to how to review this product... fortunately my five year old daughter is on hand to help out... unfortunately she's not brilliant at successfully articulating the nuances of her opinion. My Daughter has given this game a "double thumbs up" (which is about as good as it gets) but it's not delivered with 100% conviction!
Having bought this game quite some time ago now, it's still going strong(ish) and is on rotation with a few of my little urchins other favourites DS Games. I'm not in a position to comment on the longevity of the game, however like the previous reviewer there could be question marks over how long it'll last before another expensive trip to the shops is needed (for what it's worth I got fed up of it quite quickly but I'm not the target audience!).
First things first, the music is very cutesy and repetitive which means it'll get on adult nerves pretty quickly, the graphics are also very cutesy, as you would expect from a Hello Kitty game.
My Daughter had no problem picking up the DS and getting straight into the series of short mini-games which are based around a number of themes. Her favourite is the cooking game where she is required to cook, slice, wash up and clean the floor... if that doesn't turn her into a domestic goddess I don't know what will! A moment of mirth was enjoyed when she decided that as part of the game she had to chop off the rabbits head as well as slicing the tomatoes... how close to the truth she was!
Some of the games are a little confusing for her, such as the building of a star ladder which requires stars to be switched in order to match up and get the fluffy little characters up to the stars (presumably, it might explain why my Daughter always appears to have her head in the clouds!)... My Daughter can do this game but it appears to be more a case of luck than judgement.
No doubt the aim of the games is better explained in the manual, however that's lost somewhere under a mountain of child related junk and possibly lost forever... anyway what right-minded five year old bothers with manuals when they've got a new game? Certainly not mine, therefore it may have been helpful had the games been better explained upon selection
Dressing Up is a cute little game, though the options available are limited and as such she can lose interest quite quickly... an issue which is repeated elsewhere in the mini-games.
Overall I'm giving this a four star rating as it does keep her quiet and providing you can zone out the music or convince your child to have the DS on silent it does allow you some sensible adult time (until the kids have gone to bed and you can play on their game!).
My Daughter had a Ds for her Birthday and being Hello Kitty mad we opted for this game well I wish I could have Captured her expression of rapture at seeing Hello Kitty it was priceless!.
What is it?
Basically this game centre's around getting ready for a Party there is dressmaking, sending invitations, dancing, cooking for the party, and playing party games. Which we thought sounded a lot of fun in reality as all parents know it is just really exhausting!!!
Cost and Stockist
I purchased this from Amazon with my points (what a savvy shopper!) I was pleased with the price of £13.99 with free delivery and as I have come to expect prompt delivery
This game is stocked by all major chains such as Game, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Play.com.
My daughter is five and can recognise some words but not enough to play games which require reading instructions what I like about this game is it narrates the instructions as well as having these written on the screen great for independent playing . The game is very easy to play and she has mastered how to work this game and has played all the mini games as well but being Hello Kitty still likes this I would say she is at the top end of the age range for this game.
Yes and no yes for being Hello Kitty and easy to play with easy instructions promoting independent play and No for ease that this game has been conquered which I feel will render this surplus to requirements very soon so my top tip great for under 6's but look out for it pre-owned as may be cheaper and I personally think you are paying a premium for the Hello Kitty name and the I can do it mum are much better.