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The Addams Family: Mystery Mansion

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Altogether ooky family gets a new home on mobile devices.

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Ease of Play

The game's controls are extremely basic and easy to learn, with players tapping on characters and items to start interactions and to place accessories in their custom mansion. Aside from this, players simply monitor resources and expand/decorate the house any way they like.

Violence

The Addams aren't your typical family and don't act in a typical fashion. Some available actions involve decapitating dolls with a miniature guillotine, fencing against a suit of armor, and other eccentric and mildly violent scenes.

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Consumerism

The game is free-to-play, supported by a variety of microtransactions available to help progress at a faster rate. There are pop-up ads offering special bundles of items and resources, including the occasional unique premium item, but it's nothing specifically needed to continue playing. Also based on 2019 Addams Family animated movie, which itself is based on a long running franchise with movies and TV shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters occasionally have mysterious concoctions to craft and use in a variety of ways.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Addams Family: Mystery Mansion is a free-to-play resource/time management and home building simulation game for iOS and Android devices. The game's based on MGM's 2019 The Addams Family animated motion picture. It gives players access to their own customizable version of the Addams' mansion, and are tasked with rebuilding, expanding, and redecorating the house in fun and unique ways. It's easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages, though some of the décor and character activities might be considered a bit on the macabre side for younger players. Being free-to-play, the game does support itself through ads and microtransactions, with sales for the latter often pushed via quick pop-up ads and icons.

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What's it about?

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky, and they're making their way to mobile devices in THE ADDAMS FAMILY: MYSTERY MANSION. Based on the 2019 animated film, the game gives players an invitation to the zaniest open house ever. As a gloomy honeymoon gift for his wife Morticia, Gomez has cleared out the entire Addams mansion, locks, stocks, and barrels of dynamite, all with the idea of rebuilding from scratch and creating new morbid memories along the way. You're in charge of the new renovations, expanding the mansion with new rooms and decorating them with an assortment of grim accessories. Along the way, you'll unlock other members of the Addams family, helping them through their daily tasks and fulfilling their deepest desires.

Is it any good?

The city building sim game where players create a virtual ant farm and watch the inhabitants go about their business isn't fun if the characters aren't interesting enough to watch. Well, it's hard to get a more interesting cast of characters than the stars of The Addams Family: Mystery Mansion. The warped sense of dark humor is just a treat to be a part of, and it's a blast to create your own not-so-little house of horrors for the Addams to relish. The game's art style follows the recent animated feature film, which itself takes its cue from the original classic comic strip. The visuals are clean, detailed, and smooth, bringing a special sort of life to the Addams' macabre charm.

It's fun to see how the characters interact not only with the home you build for them, but how they interact with each other as well. As strange as they may seem to outsiders, the Addams are a close-knit family with a lot of acceptance and genuine love for each other, and it shows. Admittedly, one horror the Addams Family couldn't have planned for is the free-to-play pitfall of microtransactions. As with most games of this genre, there's a constant push to convince players to buy extra in-game currency or special bundles (usually with some unique decoration piece) via the in-game store. This can get a touch pricey, even with just the occasional purchase. But the game's use of these ads is a lot less invasive than many similar titles. And while it takes a bit of time to build up the mansion enough to keep a steady stream of interactions going at a given time, The Addams Family: Mystery Mansion is one haunted house you'll be sure to visit time and time again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family dynamics. How does a family as "kooky" as the Addams still manage to have such strong familial bonds? What are some of the traits that make the Addams a positive family unit?

  • How does the humor in properties like The Addams Family change the way we see the more macabre elements of the characters?

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