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LEGOs are already a firm favorite of Jack’s. Yes, he’s only three years old so he’s really more into the LEGO Duplo line at the moment, but he has older cousins and friends who are LEGO addicted and when those little bricks come out? He is mesmerized. Last month Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that LEGO Friends is now available for the Nintendo DS (the 3DS version was released last November). We were sent a copy of the Nintendo 3DS game for review, and while Jack is still too young for video games we do have several cousins and friends that are just the right age. I reached out to a friend with three young children and asked if any of the kids would like a crack at game reviewing.
Her second grader jumped at the opportunity. Here, in her own words (and pencil) is her review:
“I had fun playing Lego Friends. I liked how you can go to different places by opening the map the different places are Olivia’s House, Heartlake High, Main Street, Clover Meadows and City Park Marina. My favorite place to go is Main Street. On Main Street you do jobs for people and then they give you money for completing the job. One of the jobs are to find books for the librarian.”
And what does Mom have to say about the game? My friend (a mother of 3) sent her thoughts along too:
– I loved that they had a variety if activities to choose from. Everything from science experiments to decorating your bedroom. I think she enjoyed the science the most because I heard a lot of “we need more baking soda and vinegar.” Awesome.
– She was very excited that green was a color choice for paint color, furniture, clothes and accessories. It is her favorite color. She was also excited about glasses being one of the accessories when dressing the character. “Awesome she can wear glasses just like me.”
– She preferred playing in regular mode vs 3D because she said the 3D was sometimes blurry.
– She played nonstop for 1 hour and didn’t want to put it down. She was focused on unlocking new locations and activities. I didn’t have a problem with her playing this long because I knew she wasn’t just dressing a doll or fixing their hair. She was doing science experiments and finding books for the librarian. Cute game!
A real mom and child review for you – totally unbiased. I love that my little friend wrote this out for me. Second grade grammar is absolutely the best. Also…by 2nd grade kids will play a game for AN HOUR??? Please tell me this isn’t a lie. Three year olds are great, but the attention span (or rather, lack thereof) is wearing me out!
- Express Yourself: Pick out your clothing, hairstyle and accessories, decorate your bedroom the way you want, choose your favorite animal as a pet and even pick out accessories for your pet!
- Meet New LEGO Friends: Join your new friends on unique adventures. Help Andrea decide what to sing at her concert, or take photos for Emma’s newspaper article. Enjoy different activities with each girl as you learn about her unique personality, interests and personal style.
- Enjoy Total Freedom: Explore Heartlake City and decide how you want to spend your time. Hang out with your friends at the cafe, play soccer, attend dance rehearsal, or master skills at the karate dojo.
- Build Your Friendships: Help your Friends on special adventures like winning a trophy in a horse riding competition or delivering cupcakes, and your friendship levels with the girls will grow closer to “True Friend” status. On some adventures you’ll even unlock in-game money that you can use for shopping!
- Care for Your Pet: Train your pet to do tricks, groom them, feed them treats, and enter them in a pet show. Each pet has a special skill that they can use to help you on your adventures. You can even trade places with your fun-loving pet so you can play the game from her perspective.
- Scrapbook Your Adventures: Use your in-game camera for photo-ops and create a beautiful scrapbook of fun memories, so you’ll never forget your summer adventures in Heartlake City.
How cute is that? I’m hoping the kids let me have a turn to play the next time we visit!