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All Grown Up: Express Yourself

Every now and then, a game comes along that I usually dread reviewing. This is mostly due to the fact that I have to play it. Let me tell you, there's no greater thrill than knowing thousands upon thousands of people actually know that you've played a certain game and actually had enough to say about it to fill a page of content. It's as humbling as it is embarrassing. But then again, that's what I'm here for. What do you want to know about All Grown Up: Express Yourself? Chances are you won't want to buy this game for yourself. Or would you? I'll make a list. E-mail me and I'll put you on it. Proof must be given, of course.


Where? The only quality visuals in this game revolve around the presentation. The interface is easy to flip through and everything is fairly well organized for you. Other than that, the game is filled with horribly animated sprite-based characters and drab, boring colors. Other than that, this is certainly not the best looking game, nor is it the worst. It's teetering, though.


A portion of the unlockable content revolves around new music. Why? It's irritating and high-pitched noise that you'll probably never want to hear again. Will young girls want to hear the music? Chances are... no. There are some sound effects here and there produced to unimaginable lows, but that's what happens I assume.


There's no real "gameplay" involved in All Grown Up: Express Yourself. The main story consists of Angelica roaming around her residential neighborhood and surrounding areas, all two of them, in order to provide the best article for the school newspaper. The real fun begins once you begin unlocking mini-games. Mini-games range from fun to boring, but can actually provide some entertainment for a long period of time, mostly if you're linked up with another player. You can also unlock bonus accessories to add to your profile on the start-up menu. I think that the main purpose one may buy this game for their younger sister or daughter, is the P.D.A. system. You can input information about your friends, family, or yourself, so you can track phone numbers, etc. Is it safe? I'm not entirely sure. Is it fun? Sure. If you don't have a phone book. However, I'm sure young girls will get a kick out of the fun interface and may even get their friends into the game. Is it worth buying your little girl a new Game Boy Advance simply for this game? Probably not.


You can connect to another Game Boy Advance to play four of the seven mini-games and exchange information, but that's about it. Multiplayer makes the game worth playing for the most part, but the torture of trying to unlock some of the mini-games may get tiresome for younger players.


All Grown Up: Express Yourself is less of a game and more of a personal organizer with a boring game installed in it. Some people may actually want to buy this game. If you're reading this, you must be thinking about it. Right? Yeah, I thought so. If you want to slap down thirty bucks on a personal organizer, this is one of your options. However, a cool notepad and a bag of schnazzy pens would also be worthwhile. You'll even have twenty bucks to spend on some delicious ice cream. Or perhaps Hillary Duff's new album. Whatever floats your boat.

final score 3.5/10

Staff Avatar Austin Starr
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"If life's not beautiful without the pain / well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again"

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