Disney Pop Town
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Simple games and plot are well-suited for younger kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Clear directions are provided for most game aspects.
Products & Purchases
Players can buy items like ruby packages with real money to enhance gameplay. Players will also interact with a lot of Disney properties, such as Aladdin, Toy Story, and others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Pop Town is a match-3 game for iOS and Android devices. It features matching games and a storyline that involves fixing up a town. While a couple of elements could be explained in more detail -- such as the Lucky Tickets, which let kids draw a Lucky Box and potentially win an avatar costume -- the app's puzzle games and town-related tasks are primarly easy to figure out. Players don't technically need to buy anything to play, unless they get stuck on a level. Even then, they can wait for their lives to renew or buy ruby packages that range from $0.99 to $79.99 to extend the game. While that may not be necessary, the app doesn't shy away from promoting those items in its Shop section and through a character that pops up early in the game, touting special starter pack offers. Players will also be exposed to lots of Disney properties, such as Aladdin, Toy Story, and others.
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What’s It About?
Players earn stars for solving match-3 games in DISNEY POP TOWN. The stars are used to perform restoration tasks in a Disney-themed location, such as rebuilding a bus stop or removing trash. Characters you meet offer information about the town. Players earn Toy Story, Aladdin, and other costumes along the way that provide special abilities to alter the board in games. Booster items such as bombs can help them remove the requested number of Mickey Mouse faces, clear a path to a star symbol, or meet other goals in the allocated number of moves.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about strategies to use when problem solving. How can players create a plan to clear items in Disney Pop Town? Can these strategies be used in other games or in real life?
What can players do if they get stuck? Talk about ways to work around issues that arise in different situations -- are there steps you can take to adjust your original plan when items shift as you play?
Why aren't boosters or other kinds of assistance always an option in the real world? Can you think of an example of a shortcut that can help get things done -- and one that might affect a situation negatively?
- 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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