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is very difficult to rate, simply because it is, on one level, quite
shallow, and on another, deep. Let us explain: the lingo used in
the game is shallow and, at times, questionable. The themes
are similar: make-up, talking on the phone, shopping, fashion,
boys. However, the activities in the game are quite strong,
requiring children to use their brains.
Scene Barbie dolls appeal to a slightly older crowd of girls. They
are certainly more hip and happening, and many girls who were
self-proclaimed Barbie dissers, having grown out of them, seem to
be attracted to the My Scene line of Barbie dolls.
CD-ROM features activities that are quite deep, but themes that
are superficial. The girls (Barbie, Chelsea, and Madison) are
rendered beautifully, in all of their midriff-showing glory.
Barbie and Madison are preparing for Chelsea's birthday party, and
they need to go shopping. Players need to pay attention to
Barbie's shopping list, found on her cell phone. They need to find
items like funky jeans, a birthday gift for Chelsea, and party
food. None of these items are straightforward to get their hands
on. Kids move about the city either on foot or subway, and
generally a combination of the two.
are required to unscramble word clues, create designs according to
rules (such as: "no feather or flower trims" and
"include some plain fabric", etc.). Note that players
need to read in order to progress through the game. Logical
thinking and problem-solving skills are exercised in clever ways.
parents will raise eyebrows at a few elements of the game. For
example, when Barbie is walking around the city, and when players see
a "hottie" (a guy), they can click on him to either
"kiss" or "diss" him. Players are told that
they can choose a hottie on the street, and select
"kiss" if they want Barbie to have a crush on him, or
"diss" if they think Barbie should give him the cold
shoulder. When kids select "kiss", the characters don't
actually kiss. The guy simply says something on the lines of,
"We'll hang out sometime".
sum up, this title is best for children ages 8 and up because of
the reading requirement, and perhaps older because of the themes.
Our testers thoroughly enjoyed the program, turning to it time and
time again. Parents will have to make a judgment call on this
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