A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not with educational intent.
Ease of Play
There are no audio instructions, so reading fluency (or having an adult read the on-screen instructions) is necessary for kids to really understand what's happening on this app; otherwise, kids will simply be tapping where the hand icon points next, things will happen, and it all likely will seem pretty random.
Products & Purchases
In-app purchases and advertising for some third parties, including the ability to watch videos for rewards. Upon opening the device, the app reminds parents to disable or adjust the settings on their device if they do not want their kid to make in-app purchases without their permission. Tap on the Disney icon in settings and you're moved to Disney ads. In-game currency is necessary to move play along, or kids have to wait extended lengths of time. No parent gate on purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This app's beautiful scenes will delight Disney fans, but spending diamonds or suffering through waiting times reduces the fun. In terms of appearance and functionality, this app is excellent. Also, the cute sound effects make this app feel quite movie-like, despite no audio for either the instructions or the dialogue between characters. However, the overall pay-or-wait system just isn't kid-friendly. Many actions on Disney Enchanted Tales require wait times to complete, or (as the app encourages) "we can use diamonds to complete it instantly." In fact, the tutorial has kids using diamonds to complete every task, which may encourage them to do it throughout the game. Wait times range from one to 30-plus minutes and keep increasing, and that model may feel like a bit of a dirty trick, especially since demands on money and time ramp up the more you play. Also, though true to the story, some of the dialogue about Belle reinforces stereotypes about girls some parents won't want to perpetuate. No skills are required in this game other than reading and tapping, though parents can use it to reinforce delayed gratification and budgeting.
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