I was recently sent the Ubisoft Imagine Babyz game for the Nintendo 3DS to review and no one was more thrilled than my six year old daughter.
The premise of the game is that the player is a young pediatric nurse recently recruited by a famous international au pair agency. As an au pair, you travel the world taking care of babies until you have enough experience to open your own day care. You begin the game by personalizing and naming your avatar. You are then asked a series of questions, by the head of agency, Miss Wilhelmina to determine your baby “missions”. You get to choose from three different babies in three different parts of the world. Once you’ve chosen your baby, you are given a series of objectives that you need to complete to successfully take care of the baby, like bathing, changing their diaper and feeding. Once you’ve accomplished your objectives, you move on to the next family. Once you’ve successfully helped three babies, you move to the next chapter of the game.
As you play, the game also “blogs” your experiences in the game – the blog is updated automatically with each mission objective completed and you can choose to take a related “picture ” of each objective.
When playing the game on the 3DS, you can choose to play in 3D or not, it really doesn’t affect your ability to play. My old lady eyeballs preferred to play without the 3D option and it was enjoyable regardless. The game uses both screens – you see what’s happening on the top screen and you use the stylus to play the game on the bottom screen. Learning how to play was very simple for both myself and my daughter because the game walks you through every part of the game very clearly. There is also a message center where your “boss” and fellow au pairs will leave you messages about your progress.
I thought this game was really cute and I predicted my daughter would really enjoy it and she did. She LOVED this game and taking care of all “her” babies. These are her thoughts:
“This is my favorite game ever. I liked all the babies and taking care of the babies and all the babies are so cute. They sound like babies and I can take their pictures and feed them. I want to play this game all day.”
Yup, she liked the babies!
This would make a great gift this holiday season. The game is rated E for everyone, and you can find it at Amazon.com!