Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Mildly creepy themes may delight or scare.

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age 2+
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Ease of Play

Kids move through the app by pressing a left or right arrow. The jigsaw puzzle is pretty self-explanatory, but there are only two pieces showing at a time during assembly. Also, the app seemed finicky on the puzzle pages. Sometimes pressing the arrow turned the page, while sometimes it restarted the puzzle. It's also possible for small fingers to accidentally hit the Mickey Mouse ears, end up on the settings, email, or credits page, and have difficulty navigating back to the storybook.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Every page of the app has an icon with Mickey Mouse's ears poking out behind a book. It serves as a navigation tool for the app, allowing you to choose a specific page or to record the book in your own voice. But it also has a banner at the top that links to the Disney app store where you can buy more apps. There is also a large ad for Disney Digital Books in that section.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book is a very simple digital story book that includes jigsaw puzzles on several pages (four puzzles in total). It also asks children to look for ghosts hidden on certain pages. The puzzles have six pieces each and are easy to assemble, since they snap into place. The ghosts are easy to find for children who remember to look for them. At the end, the book asks children to match the ghosts with their silhouettes, which may be trickier for young children than the puzzles. Children who are easily scared by Halloween-related content (ghosts, bats, spiders, and skeletons) may find this a little creepy. Characters in the story are scared by things "jumping out" and spooky noises, but it's of the light, cartoon manner you'd expect from a Disney book. Also note that kids who tap the cute little Mickey ears in the corner of each page may end up frustrated when they can't easily get back to the storybook.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 8-year-old Written byMrs_AF November 22, 2010

Good for younger children.

My 2 yr old loves this game... she enjoys finding the ghosts through the story and likes how the puzzle pages go along with the story!

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Is it any good?

MICKEY'S SPOOKY NIGHT PUZZLE BOOK isn't going to win any awards for quality story telling, but the puzzles and ghost-hunt will entertain most young children. Slightly older kids may enjoy it once or twice, but the difficulty level is very low. Overall, it's a nice treat for a seasonal app and a chance to talk to younger children about the costumes and sights they may experience on Halloween.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: October 23, 2005
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 13.10 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later
  • Last updated: September 7, 2017

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