My aunt bought this for me for Christmas, but I had seen it on Amazon and thought it was so cute (I am an adult). I love Hello Kitty and all of the familiar characters are in this game: Pekkle, Chococat, My Melody, My Little Twin Stars. The game is based on a Friendship Point system. You start off with one room in an apartment, and your goal is to buy more rooms and eventually move to the penthouse apartment. You can change the themes of your rooms and Kitty's (little tidbit: Kitty's last name is White) clothes by purchasing them. All items to be purchased are done with Friendship Points, which are earned by helping out your friends.
At the beginning, there are three parts of the city you can access via a train (and later, a bus). There are some buildings/places you can't go into until you achieve certain things, so there are goals set for the player, which helps maintain interest. You can talk to various characters; some will ask you to help them with something, and you earn points. Others just want to play with you (and you earn no points).
I've only played the game for a few hours, and I've played a few of the minigames at least once. The games can be VERY frustrating. Most, if not all of them, require exactitude. For the Tuxedo Sam game (something that mimics the Diner Dash game), in which you help serve customers, you have to stand right in front of a dish or at a certain spot next to a customer in order for the game to register the touch of the stylus. I got really frustrated because I was practically stabbing the screen and customers were leaving the restaurant! The My Melody game was also aggravating for me. For that game, you need to retrieve items for My Melody from around her store. However, not every thing she asks for looks like the items in her store, so I basically brought her things till she told me that something I brought her was what she wanted. The game doesn't necessarily make instructions of the minigames clear. You need to rely on figuring stuff out.
The game play also seems a bit sluggish to me. Kitty moves quickly throughout the cities, but she can move rather slowly when doing tasks (again, the Tuxedo Sam game comes to mind; you move fast to put orders into the ticket but move slowly when you're actually delivering food to the customers). Whenever you take the train/bus from one part of the city to another, there is a cut scene that shows you chugging along. It's cute the first time, but it gets a little long (and tiresome) after a while. You have to take the train to other parts of the city to earn FPs, so you can't avoid them. It would have been nice to have a skip button for these scenes, as they do with other games.
Overall, it's a really cute game for young girls; probably between the ages of 8-11. Here's the breakdown:
* Supercute! Great for HK fans.
* A lot of minigames
* There is a factor of leveling up (an objective)
* You can save from wherever you are in the game by pressing the Start button. No having to go back to your apartment!
* Great theme of friendship and of helping others, and how by helping others, you reap rewards.
* Minigames require exactness with where you have to touch or where HK has to stand, which may prove frustrating for young players
* Sluggish game play/slow cut scenes
* A little vagueness with the directions of the game
* Although you can save wherever you are, you do not return to the same place when you restart the game. You will always have to restart from Kitty's apartment.
I would definitely recommend you buy this game if you're a big Sanrio fan or for a young girl, however, I wouldn't necessarily say pay full retail for it. Used or on sale would be absolutely acceptable (and heartily encouraged) for this particular game.