Club Penguin: Game Day!
My daughter, like most seven-year-olds these days, is always playing some crappy, free Flash game on the interwebs. One of the better ones she frequents is Disney’s Club Penguin game site. It’s just a bunch of mind-numbing clones of bad games, but she likes it. It constantly asks for “parent’s permission” to buy crap, to which I always say, “Never!” One day when I was at Redbox, I saw that a Wii Club Penguin game was available, so I dropped the $2 for it, assuming I wouldn’t be hassled for mini transactions. Luckily, I was right about that. Now while I hardly expected greatness, what my daughter and I experienced was garbage. It was a loosely thrown together mess of mini-games that weren’t worth playing. Most of the games had controls so bad, my daughter would have me play it for her. On the few that had passable controls, we had a modicum of fun, but within a few hours, the entire “story mode” was done. We uploaded the points to her online character, and she was back to Mario Party 9. It was cute, and we got $2 of fun out of it… but just barely.