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Virtual Families

 

 

SCORE: 85

 

Virtual Families 

 

Destineer has really blessed Family Friendly Gaming recently. We were provided with three Nintendo DS games way before they were released. In fact we were playing these games before there was any official announcement. We kept our mouths shut about what we were doing until the appropriate time. Virtual Families is part Nintendogs, and part Sims. Well I make that statement from what I have heard about the Sims. I have not personally played that franchise.

The graphics are small in Virtual Families, but there is a lot of detail to most of them. I could tell the husband from the wife, the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. The house looks great, and there are numerous colors used in this game. The family members in Virtual Families looked like they could have used additional details to me.

The music in Virtual Families is great. I really enjoyed listening to it while I played this hand held title. Special effect sounds come up as certain tasks are performed and they assist with the game play. At least I know something worked. Characters can also make cute sounds at various points in the game.

Virtual Families include numerous items, and stats for each family member. Players have to go grocery shopping to give them food. Players can buy them medicine when they are sick, remodel the house, buy them clothes, etc. There is a fair amount of things to be done in this Nintendo DS video game. I looked around and did not see Virtual Families for sale on the DS, but I expect it to sell for twenty dollars or less.

I did not realize it at first, but Virtual Families is actually a port from the Personal Computer. There are good controls in Virtual Families, and some things I wish were changed a bit. Looking around the house is done with the stylus. This did not always work though, and the game would reset me outside of the home. This was a frustration, but one I hope is corrected in the final release of the game. I wish the D-pad had been an option for looking around.

Virtual Families is one of those game that needs to be played everyday or they get depressed, sick, hungry, etc. But there is little point in playing Virtual Families for any lengthy time each day. At that point is becomes a commitment, and it is one you better be prepared for. This can teach how much work it takes to keep relationships healthy. I see a lot of good stuff in Virtual Families, and hope this franchise continues in the future.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 81%
Sound: 92%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Destineer
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Mild Suggestive Themes}

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