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My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Party
Platform: Nintendo DS
Publisher: THQ, Inc.
Developer: Webfoot Technologies, Inc.
Style(s): Multi-Genre Action
Synopsis: Pinkie Pie is partying again and gamers can help her celebrate her birthday in the first DS game based on the My Little Pony series of collectible dolls. Much like the PC game Pinkie Pie's Party Parade, My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Party is a collection of mini-games, this time based around activities related to Pinkie Pie's birthday bash. Players can make music with Star Song, decorate with Toola-Roola, and blow bubbles with Sweetie-Belle, and gamers can use the stylus to unwrap presents or blow into the DS microphone to play with presents such as whistles, pinwheels, and bubbles. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Package Contents: Health and Safety Precautions Booklet
My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Party adheres to one of the standard blueprints for a children's oriented title, which is to offer a collection of mini-games underneath the guise of a basic adventure. (This is usually the second option, chosen only if a side-scrolling beat-'em-up doesn't fit the license.) The goal is Pinkie Pie's Party is to trot around a two-dimensional Ponyville and find missing presents and jigsaw puzzle pieces. Some are located in plain sight, some are hidden, while others are earned by completing one of eight mini-games.
These mini-games are geared toward children ages four and under, so they are typically over within a minute. Children will plant seeds in the ground while trying to avoid gophers that pop up to eat them, circle butterflies on the touch-screen display, help with gardening by watering plants, and more. Once all 20 presents are found, children will be able to celebrate Pinkie Pie's birthday with the rest of the gang and actually open the presents (using the stylus to remove the wrapping paper) to reveal their contents.
Players can then interact with the gifts to an extent by tapping them with the stylus (or blowing into the microphone) as a short animation or sound effect plays. While there is a basic memory game included as a gift, there aren't any other new activities that unlock with the presents, which is disappointing. If the child has collected all 12 puzzle pieces, he or she will be able to complete a colorful jigsaw puzzle of the My Little Ponies, but at that point, there's nothing else to do in Ponyville, other than start a new game or play the mini-games in a separate mode.
Although this may be perfectly acceptable for younger fans who enjoyed the roughly 45 minutes it takes to complete the game, parents will wonder why the presents and puzzle pieces always appear in the same exact place on repeat visits. There are no difficulty levels either, so the mini-games don't ever evolve or add new layers of complexity that would enhance the game's replay value with children as they become more proficient at games. There's only one puzzle, as well, so the developers didn't go out of their way to create content.
Pinkie Pie's Party is a colorful looking game that will enthrall young children the first few times they play it, but there's no excuse for its limited scope. Randomly generated gifts, more mini-games, and interactive presents (like games of checkers, tic-tac-toe, etc.) along with multiple difficulty levels could have made this game a standout title for its target audience. Much like a slice of birthday cake, Pinkie Pie's Party is more fluff than substance, curtailing its appeal to those just starting to play video games. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
the game requires Joystick/Gamepad.