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Nanny Mania

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There's no job more challenging than being a ¿Super Mom' ¿ balancing a demanding career, husband, children, and busy household. Put your husband and children to the test or try your hand at running this hectic virtual household while having … see full wiki

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Fun, But Quickly Turns Repetitive

  • Jun 30, 2007
The nanny in Nanny Mania does everything except drive the kids. Then again, the family's head of household is the Suburbia's Mayor, so he probably has a chauffeur.

You're working to keep the house clean and the family happy. Nanny Mania also resembles a Sims game in that you watch the family live their lives. When furniture or book shelves need cleaning, they appear highlighted in yellow. Click once and nanny's arms flail and poof the item is clean. Some tasks take more than one click such as changing the baby's diaper, giving the baby a bottle and cooking a meal.

The game begins with the parents and one baby. Easy. Each level has five rounds. When you complete a level, the parents have another child and the younger ones get older. The most the nanny handles is four children. After that, the only thing that changes is the age of the kids, the messes they make and the frequency of the messes. Eventually, you won't have to deal with dirty diapers or warming bottles.

I thought the game would change once all four kids arrived. It doesn't and the game turns monotonous. I feel like I start every level doing the same steps with small variations. Soon, I dislike Dad because he goes off to work or plays golf leaving Mom alone to eat with the four kids.

I figure out the family's routine. When Dad returns from anything, I expect muddy footprints and a messy dresser. Sometimes I follow him into his bedroom where he changes his clothes and messes the dresser so I can fix the dresser.

A Mac user playing the game became frustrated when he clicked ahead and struggled to undo some moves when something unexpected happened like mealtime. Mac users don't have two mouse buttons on their notebooks -- I am an unlucky gal who doesn't own a Mac, but I imagine the Mac has an option for undo. For PC users, undo actions by pressing the right-mouse button.

The game may attract the younger set as repetition helps them improve game play. But for me, I play enough so I can write this review. I have no desire to play Nanny Mania. The game's strengths are the graphics and speed (some games have subtle pauses or take too long to make something happen). I believe Nanny Mania could have greater success if it would introduce more elements to offer more variety. Apparently, the player takes over the fole of Mom and a teen, but I couldn't take it anymore.....

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