Parents' Guide to

Disney Pop Town

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Simple games and plot are well-suited for younger kids.

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The simple games and plot of this matching title should be fun for gamers of all ages, and characters walk players through restoration work for the town. In Disney Pop Town, players complete matching games to earn stars, which are used to fund renovations such as cleaning up a beach and planting greenery around a statue. The matching games have some rules -- players are asked to clear a specific number of symbols, for instance, in a set number of moves. But the puzzles generally aren't too complicated, and certain matching combinations will create special items that help remove large portions of the board. A Rocket Pin, for example, produced when you match identical symbols in a square formation, clears items in plus sign-shaped area.

The booster items and varied goals that are given in different levels help keep the game interesting, and players may enjoy seeing avatar costumes that are based on recognizable Disney characters. The various types of currency -- which include coins, rubies, and tickets -- can be a little confusing, but as long as players understand stars are needed to complete tasks, they should be able to navigate the two main portions of the game. Players could potentially run into some issues if they can't finish a puzzle. They can spend rubies, which are earned somewhat infrequently through actions like watching an ad, for additional attempts, or spend some of their lives for extra moves. You only get five, though, and each level costs one to play, so that may not be much help if you're still stuck. While the app offers ruby packages for purchase, and some pushes to buy them aren't too subtle, there isn't as much pressure to buy anything like other games. Players can just wait for their lives to replenish if they run out, and that may not even be necessary, since the puzzles' difficulty level doesn't get too intense. Generally, though, because Pop Town's games aren't too complex, younger kids should be able to follow along and play with no problem.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 21, 2021
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Book Characters
  • Publisher: Jam City
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.3 or later, a Mac with an Apple M1 chip and macOS 11.0 or later, or Android 5.0 and up.
  • Last updated: June 26, 2021

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