Spanish for Everyone is an "educational video game" that was released on October 26, 2007 for the Nintendo DS and published by Activision. It was created and developed by an independent company, Humagade.
It ends with the protagonist traveling to France, suggesting that the game was meant to spawn a sequel or be the first of a series. Fortunately, this never happened due to the game's critical and commercial failure.
Why It Sucks
- The whole "game" is nothing but text, which wouldn't have been a problem, considering it is supposed to be educational, but it is riddled with grammatical errors in both English and Spanish languages. There are also four pointless mini-games that require you to know Spanish in order to play them.
- The plot involves a Mexican kid called Miguel who accidentally steals the protagonist's DS, which leads to him heading south of the border (to Tijuana) to get it back. The game's cut scenes contain subliminal, stereotypical and racist messages, particularly against Latin and Hispanic people.
- For example, it is heavily implied that Miguel has a father who is involved with crime. In the opening, he is chased by police cars (possibly Border Patrol agents), and in the ending, his house is suddenly surrounded by cars, followed by what sounds like gunshots and ricochets.
- It contains offensive material such as pedophilia, prostitution, drug smuggling, theft, animal abuse, etc. To add insult to injury, it is rated E for Everyone with no content descriptors.
- Ear-bleeding music.
Decrying the game's premise that encourages dangerous or illegal practices and criticizing its gameplay with poor English grammar and questionable teaching ability, IGN rated it 2/10, saying, "We can't recommend this piece of garbage to anyone."