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Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Orla Madden

Bonjour, Kitty

Hello Kitty first burst onto the scene in 1974 courtesy of Japanese company Sanrio, which designs and produces products solely aimed at the kawaii – meaning cute in Japanese – section of popular culture in the country. Since then, Hello Kitty has become one of the most recognised and successful brands in the world, appearing on fashion accessories, school supplies, starring in her own TV series; to now wandering across numerous countries in Around the World with Hello Kitty & Friends.

Travelling the world is no easy feat thanks to the cost of public transport these days; yet Hello Kitty seems to make her way around the globe with ease thanks to her own personal aeroplane. One minute you can be giving a helping hand at the American diners in the US, to next designing an outfit in fabulous France.

The main menu gives you a list of options to choose from when you’re in Hello Kitty’s room, so it’s up to the youngster in charge — this title targets young children — to decide what she should be doing with her day. Going Out allows you to select where you should embark on an adventure; there are six countries to choose from and four mini-games residing in each country, giving 24 games in total. There are a variety of activities to choose from, such as tapping to the rhythm of the music to designing colourful accessories. Each challenge consists of an easy and hard mode; easy mode tends to hold the player's hand by pointing to the correct piece of item or colour, depending on which game you’re playing at the time, while hard mode unsurprisingly requires more skill, demanding concentration from the player.

The gyroscope is utilized in a small selection of challenges, such as leading Hello Kitty down the river on a raft, where you have to guide her through obstacles that protrude from the water. This can often feel sluggish, as it can take a second for Hello Kitty to change direction after you’ve tilted the 3DS, causing her to bash into a rock or the wall. An AR card also comes packaged in the box, allowing the lovable feline to spring to life before your eyes. Put the card in various locations to snap some interesting shots, or why not jump into the photo yourself and pose with Hello Kitty? The picture is saved onto the SD card if you wish to print the photo and hang it on a wall; it will no doubt bring a smile to young children's faces.

Going Shopping allows you to visit all 15 countries, where you can purchase souvenirs and costumes using Puro - the game's currency - accumulated from each of the mini-game challenges. A delightful addition is the inclusion of fun educational facts about the country in which you’ve just visited. Did you know that Mount Fuji is 3776 meters high? It may not be common knowledge to most people, so it’s most definitely a welcome ingredient to learn as well as have fun. Dressing Hello Kitty up in the various costumes can often feel like a bland affair, however, as it doesn’t allow the player to channel their inner fashionista; it’s as simple as choosing an outfit and mixing up various styles from each of the countries. Further customization would have been worthwhile, as children love to run wild with their imagination and creativity.

The art style is quite plain, yet it's colourful and easy on the eyes. Most importantly, its basic appearance makes it easy to distinguish different options for the player. The music throughout the game is quite pleasant on the ears too, and no doubt it'll have young gamers tapping their foot along playfully while browsing each country and partaking in mini-games. Despite this it can get repetitive, however, causing the volume slider to stay down rather than up.

Conclusion

For the target audience of Hello Kitty’s global adventure on the 3DS, it delivers a range of activities that is enough to keep young children occupied for a short amount of time; despite this it falls short on longevity, as the most basic of challenges can be completed within a matter of seconds. Its charm and simplistic controls will appeal to the younger audience, but leaves little to the imagination for older children.

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User Comments (13)

Cohort

#1

Cohort said:

Any hello Kitty game is an instant 10/10 (my girlfriend is standing behind me while I'm typing this)...

Barbiegurl777

#2

Barbiegurl777 said:

I downloaded this game from the 3ds e-shop & love it! :D

Yeah it is sort of for little kids lol. I don't care. I've been a hello kitty fan for a long time. I'm an adult gamer & love this game. Those who are thinking of picking up Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio friends - 3ds normally I wouldn't say pass up a hello kitty 3ds game but Picnic with Sanrio friends 3ds is one hello kitty game to avoid. I have the game...

Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty - 3DS I play this as much as I do Animal Crossing New Leaf - 3DS.

One thing if you download Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty - 3DS be sure to google search for the Hello Kitty AR card it's worth it to google search for it. I use the AR card alot in the game lol.

My favorite mini games are:

Ring Toss
Ball Scoop
Maze
Fashion Show

The Mini games in the UK part of the game are really fun to I just can't remember the names off top my head lol. :D

This is the Hello Kitty game that should have been released in the US & UK BEFORE Hello Kitty Picnic With Sanrio friends - 3DS. :(

If anyone wants to know why I keep saying:

Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty - 3DS that's the American name the game was given.

Why they couldn't have just left the name:

Around the World With Hello Kitty - 3DS I don't no lol.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

Obito_Tennyson

#9

Obito_Tennyson said:

@InternetFurret Didn't Microsoft make a promotion earlier in E3 saying that there was going to be a combination of MLP and Halo to get a better competition and try to win the competition of gaming? It'll defiantly reach out to the younger fans and those few who also like the show for Internet-related reasons, but Nintendo will still win.

WitchSugoi

#13

WitchSugoi said:

I'd get this only because I love HK so much. <3 I'll wait some time down the line when it's on auction for like .99 or part of a gaming lot though. :P

A Wayforward MLP game though would be a Day One for sure.

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