A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Disney Fairies Fly wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
This game is easy to start and continue playing, with great graphics and responsive controls. The introductory video teaches you how to fly and play, and playing successive games unlocks more worlds. Within each world, there are three levels of play that get progressively more difficult. However, the difficulty level does not vary much within or across worlds. Successful play depends almost entirely on your control of your device's accelerometer, which may be tricky for younger players. High scores are saved, but not by the player's name.
Violence & Scariness
Fairies flail after running into an object or animal while flying, but continue on unharmed. In one of the wallpaper images a lightning bug is shown with its fists clenched as if ready to fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several of the fairies wear short, tight outfits with bared shoulders. In one video preview, Tinker Bell frowns at an enlarged reflection of her rear end.
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Products & Purchases
A link from the main page lets you email friends about the game and purchase the Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure DVD, soundtrack, and Nintendo DS game. Another link from the main page takes you to a store to purchase more games by the developer. Playing the game unlocks an area where you can download wallpaper images and watch previews for movies, including Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. The previews also advertise the website DisneyFairies.com.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Fairies Fly is an accelerometer-based flying game with several advertisements for Tinker Bell movies and accessories. The premise of the game is helping fairies collect the necessary tools to aid the change of seasons. In each level, you must tilt your device up and down to move your fairy past obstacles while collecting points. Beating all three levels in a world unlocks a new world; there are six total. The levels and worlds are similar in difficulty and style, so the game can get repetitive. There are several links to purchase more games, the Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure DVD, soundtrack, and Nintendo DS game, and email friends. You can also watch previews for Tinker Bell movies and download wallpaper images to your camera roll. Parents should also note the large file size. A similar app is available for the iPad.
Is It Any Good?
This game will be most enjoyable for those who are already familiar with the Disney Fairies characters and movies. If you don't already own the movies, your kid will probably want them after playing with this app. Using the accelerometer to fly the fairies is fun, but a bit repetitive. The great graphics, ability to choose your fairy, and replayability of the levels to get a higher score are nice features. But for most kids, the similarity of the levels will either provide too much challenge or not enough to find them entertaining for long. Instead, the app's richness is in watching film previews and downloading wallpaper images, all of which promote the Tinker Bell brand.
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