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Dr. Mario World

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Mario's fun pill puzzle game comes to mobile.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game uses very simple touch controls, but is a little different than similar puzzlers from stage to stage, and can get a little tricky.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Players can earn coins and diamonds by playing, or can purchase them in the store. They are then used to keep playing when you run out of turns or lives. The game is also part of a long-running series that includes cartoons, toys, movies, and, of course, other games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The entire game is about using pills to eliminate viruses, but you're always using drugs to destroy your targets.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Mario World is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. By matching colored pills to a virus on the screen, players eliminate that virus, which is something they must do before running out of medicine. Aside from all the pill popping, though, this has no objectionable content. Players can use coins and diamonds to keep playing when they run out of turns or lives, and these coins and diamonds can be earned by playing or bought with real-world money. The game's also a spin-off of a long-running series of video games that has, in turn, inspired a legion of cartoons, animated movies, collectibles, and other stuff that kids may want you to buy them. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In DR. MARIO WORLD, the plumber turned tennis player turned race car driver turned a million other things is now a doctor. But instead of trying to diagnose illnesses or handling long-term health needs, he's a doctor that's really quick to dispense pills when it comes to fighting disease. This puzzle game will keep players on their toes by tasking them with matching colored pills to viruses of the same color. By matching three objects of the same color, viruses are eliminated and cleared from the screen. He'll only have a limited number of pills that he can use to solve each puzzle, but he'll fortunately have help from other characters with their own skills to help him eliminate these threats over hundreds of stages.

Is it any good?

Like the previously released versions of this game on consoles and other systems, this puzzler for mobile devices may prompt you to call in sick so you can stay home and keep playing. Dr. Mario World is like a cross between a match-3 puzzle game and Tetris. But where match-3 games have you moving pieces that are already on-screen, this game gives you a piece you place onto the board and then move into position so that it matches. This particular game also has Mario-themed pieces with special abilities, such as turtle shells that knock everything in a row off the board. It also distinguishes itself from Tetris by changing the board layout, adding brick walls and other barriers that get in the way of your healing hands. But where it really gets clever is, early on, when it adds pills with two colors, giving you more plans of 

For fans of this series, this is as much fun as the older console versions of the game; you just get to take it with you like you did when Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure came out on the 3DS in 2015. It works well with your phone or tablet's touch screen, though some gamers who've played this on console may be bummed when they realize they run out of turns. As for hardcore match-3 players, while it will take some time to get used to the new rules — such as moving an all-red pill next to two red viruses to form a square...and nothing happened — it's nothing gamers won't pick up quickly. Which is why, like the earlier installments, Dr. Mario World is just what the Doctor/Plumber/Race Car Driver/Tennis Pro ordered.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about viruses. What can you do to prevent yourself from getting sick? Why do some people seem to get sicker than others more often?

  • Mario's been a plumber, a race car driver, a tennis player, and a doctor, but what other jobs do you think he should try? Do you think there's one he's better suited for?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 18, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 194.20 MB
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: July 19, 2019

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