November 5, 2007
| 4.5/5 |
5 November 2007
The Game Factory
| Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game|
Neko Entertainment games, Simulation video games
Build-A-Bear Workshop is a simulation type Nintendo DS game based on the retailer with the same name. It was developed by French company Neko Entertainment and published by The Game Factory on November 5, 2007. A follow up to Build-a-Bear Workshop, Build-A-Bear Workshop: A Friend Fur All Seasons was released for the Wii in 2008, also Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for the Nintendo DS and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for the Wii in 2010.
Build-A-Bear Workshop players take advantage of the touch screen (the D-Pad and Microphone aren't used often) to do activities and play with their bear. The player can choose one of six bears from Build-A-Bear Workshop and customize it with clothes, accessories and shoes.
Build-A-Bear Workshop (video game) Wikipedia
When players start a new game, they go through the Build-A-Bear Workshop process, first is to choose a bear, then add a sound, stuff it perfectly, stitch it, fluff it, add starter clothing and give it a name. After the process is done, the player is then taken to the Cub Condo home. There are six rooms in the Cub Condo- a bedroom, a dressing room, a kitchen, the garden, the store and the attic. There are many different activities and mini games in each room which is the main objective of the game. The player earns 'buttons' when playing some certain minigames to purchase clothes and accessories for his/her bear. Throughout the year, there will be special clothes on holidays (such as Christmas and Halloween) which the bear could wear.
In the bedroom, the player can brush their bear's hair and clean their bear's teeth, then tidy up their room. In the dressing room the player can change the bears clothes into ones that they have purchased they can also take photos in the Photo Studio. In the kitchen the player can cook a variety of cakes for the bear to eat and set up their table. In the garden the player can teach their bear to perform some dance moves and play a ball shooting game on the swing. In the store the player can purchase clothing, accessories and shoes using 'buttons' and in the attic there are four mini games (Cooking, musical chairs, catching honey and dancing) which the player can earn buttons depending on their score.
The player can access multiplayer mode via the attic. Each player is required to have a Build-A-Bear Workshop game card. In multiplayer mode, the player can challenge friends on minigames and trade photos taken from the dressing room.
The game earned an average ratio of 67% at Game Rankings and an average of 6.9 at IGN.
Build-A-Bear Workshop was crowned with the 2008 NAPPA Honors.