Video Game Review: Hello Kitty Seasons
Have you ever heard or played the game Animal Crossing? Hello Kitty Seasons is a bit like this, but a more simplified version.
In Adventure Mode, the single player experience, you begin by creating an avatar and make your way to Sanrio Town. After a brief introduction on learning the basics of the game, your tutorial begins which actually lasts about an hour. There are four seasons in the game, and the first year they are three days each. The days go by fast, and they are not in real-time, but rather through the progression of the quests you complete.
The tasks range in planting trees, collecting fruit, digging for stones, chopping down trees, making jam with the fruit (to name a few) and best of all playing mini-games. There are a handful of mini-games, and they are all unique to each season. Some of the mini-games are fun, while others are just dreadful.
You get coins by playing the mini-games and there are other ways as well. You can use the coins to purchase things in the different stores such as clothes for your character and in-game tools and other odds and ends.
After the first year ends, the seasons now last ten days. Playing one mini-game equals one day, and you advance to the next season by talking to the Mayor. The only problem with this is there’s only a small amount of mini-games to choose from in each season and some are not fun at all to play. Everytime you play a mini-game, there’s a loading screen that lasts from one to ten seconds.
You can enhance the town by going on quests and collecting more items (gems and planks for instance) and these take a little while longer to obtain, and you’ll have to play the same mini-game over again to get the gems.
In the town you can find a theater and you can watch in-game movie scenes and a few promotional videos there as well as the game soundtrack after you unlock the movie reels by completing the quest. One nice thing is that the soundtrack is pretty decent with nice whimsical and cheerful tracks, but it sporadically fades in and out which is a little strange (particularly when you pause the game you won’t hear any music for a little while after sometimes).
So that sums up Adventure Mode. Basically doing quests constantly, and you can deter away from that and do other things but there’s not too much else to do.
Multiplayer Mode can be played with up to four people, in which you and others can play the mini-games found in Adventure Mode. There’s about 30 or so mini-games, but as mentioned before not all are very fun to play.
That being said, if you really like Hello Kitty world many of the characters are in this game, and the graphics do an okay job at presenting the Sanrio world but it’s nothing too special.
The last feature is your house, which is not customizable, it’s just an easy way too access movie clips, music, biographies of the characters, and view your collections.
This game is a tough sell because you technically play this game on your computer for free in a very similar format called Hello Kitty Online which is free to download. If you really like Hello Kitty and don’t mind doing quests all the time, this game will probably keep you entertained for about a few weeks at most. Younger gamers might enjoy this more than the older crowd, just know that there is quite a bit of reading involved in order to understand the game. As much as I like the Hello Kitty world, the game is only a little bit of fun. This game will be more enjoyable depending on who the game is for. The game is priced reasonably, so ultimately it’s not too much of a money-waster but rent first if you can. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask and I’ll try and respond as soon as possible.
Review Score: 5.5/10