Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Solid graphics, some fun, but shallow games and purchases.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Kids easily swipe and tap around the screen to play games and move characters. Sometimes game function and navigation aren't very smooth.

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Consumerism

An icon on the main page takes users to video ads for other Disney apps; a parent gate protects actual purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures lets kids interact with a mixture of four classic and new Disney princesses. Each princess is on an adventure, and kids help by completing simple games and navigating around their unique environments. The free download includes everything necessary for kids to play with Rapunzel. In-app purchases can unlock Ariel, Belle, and Tiana, and there's a simple parent gate. Kids also collect charms to personalize a bracelet. Some charms come with the free download, others are earned after completing games, and others are available for purchase. The app asks permission to access your camera roll for kids to save pictures of their charm bracelet. In the settings menu, parents can turn off the background music and/or sound effects. The information section details what kids do in each world and activity. Read Disney's suite of extensive privacy policies for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In DISNEY PRINCESS: CHARMED ADVENTURES, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana are each on a mission. Kids enter the princesses' worlds to help them accomplish their goals, such as see the floating lights (Rapunzel) or prepare a new menu (Tiana). Complete four mini-games that mix art, timed challenges, scavenger hunts, and more in each world to move the princess closer to her goal and earn charms for a bracelet. Kids place collected charms on five charm bracelets and snap pictures of their creations. Rapunzel is available for free, but kids can only access the other characters through an in-app purchase.

Is it any good?

Nice graphics and magical adventures are wasted on shallow games and interactive elements that will mostly appeal to hard-core princess fans. The premise of Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures is solid, since it can be fun to interact with the characters and feel a part of their story. And each princess has a collection of games and challenges to complete before reaching her goal. Yet, while some mini activities are better than others and all are beautiful to look at, they're very basic and leave little room for creativity or expression. Navigation throughout the "worlds" can also be a bit awkward at times, and the princesses continue to say canned phrases that seem unrelated to anything that's actually happening. The charm bracelet is fun, but after putting on a few charms and taking a picture, the process just repeats. Finally, most content is locked behind in-app purchases, and parents will have to hand over a considerable sum to allow kids to access everything. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures as a part of the Disney brand. Why do you want to play this game? Does it help to recognize characters?

  • Make up your own story about these princesses and their thoughts, motivations, and actions. Ask kids to elaborate on what they're doing as they play and why they're doing it.

  • Like princesses? Explore princesses in other settings as well, like ones in real life, or go to the library or hit up the internet to find princesses in classic fairy tales, children's books, and more.

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