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My Secret World review: My Secret World

My Secret World is best suited to young girls who enjoy filling out quizzes, discovering more about oneself and the need to express their emotions. You'd either really like the game at first, or find it completely irritating all the way through.

Stephanie Centner
2 min read

My Secret World from Ubisoft's Imagine Series is an interactive diary designed to encourage pre-teen girls to express and share their feelings and secrets with their friends.

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My Secret World

The Good

Concept has the right amount of appeal. Fun scrapbook and quizzes are always fun.

The Bad

Extended gameplay forces you to return daily to unlock components of the game. Initial gameplay is confusing. Repetitive.

The Bottom Line

My Secret World is best suited to young girls who enjoy filling out quizzes, discovering more about oneself and the need to express their emotions. You'd either really like the game at first, or find it completely irritating all the way through.

Despite our low expectations, My Secret World was surprisingly entertaining; however, when we handed it to a 15-year-old girl, she found it all particularly "lame" due to overt "girliness" and outward superficiality. She also found certain elements of the game's format confusing, but more on that later.

My Secret World is like a typical pre-teen magazine like Total Girl combined with an "interactive diary". It encompasses the elements that make those types of products entertaining such as quizzes, personality profiles, mini games, stickers, scrapbook diary etc. The game is entertaining up to a point, but unfortunately has a few glitches in format, especially regarding multiplayer.

There are other undeniably frustrating elements during the initial gameplay. The idea behind My Secret World is that you treat it like it's a real diary where you come back to it each day and discover new things. Unfortunately, the developers take this whole idea unnecessarily far, by locking the "My Settings" until at least the third or fourth day of gameplay. This causes unnecessary confusion and complication, particularly when it's not expected of a game in this genre.

It is the multiplayer component that is really this game's downfall. There are two options for this kind of multiplayer interaction; there is the "share" or "link up" option. We'd recommend using "link up" rather than the share option; the whole idea of up to four people surrounded around one tiny DS is just not practical. The concept does nothing to enhance gameplay, even if you are inclined to share your thoughts and secrets with your friends. It appears that Ubisoft wants to encourage healthier social relationships, but surely this is a little ridiculous?

Like the rest of the game, there are also components in the multiplayer that you can't unlock without getting a group of friends to join. So if you're friendless, it may make this a tad difficult.

On the plus side, the sideshow-style games are charming, simple and an addictive form of procrastination. Not to mention that the game's aesthetics are very pleasing. The scrapbooking elements of the diary are also definitely worth playing for. The stickers and backgrounds are particularly lovely (even if you can only place a limited number of items per page). We applaud Ubisoft for being so successful in this regard. The quizzes are also adorable and are not frustratingly simplistic. It is definitely interesting to watch your personality profile grow.

While My Secret World definitely has some worthwhile elements and is initially satisfying and addictive once you are able to figure out how the game works — with or without the manual — increased gameplay eventually causes an unavoidable frustration for the player, as you have to play it a certain amount of times to unlock components.

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