Where's My Mickey?
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Where's My Mickey? is the latest in the popular puzzle franchise, this time starring the main attraction of all Disney properties. The Mickey featured is not the same one as seen on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, though. He's the mischievous Mickey from the old cartoon shorts -- which could be confusing for some kids. He has a temper, a bit of a greedy streak, and isn't adverse to occasional potty humor, though there's nothing really offensive. There are mildly violent moments, but the violence is cartoonish.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Where's My Mickey features all the fun of the popular Disney app series blended with new cartoon shorts featuring the company's most popular character.
The game engages kids as they use problem solving and trial and error to direct water and other substances to a specific area, while avoiding obstacles.
Players receive gentle guidance through the process. While there's no help option, the game never overwhelms kids with difficulty.
What's it about?
A cartoon at the beginning of each level sets up a problem for Mickey, and players direct water to a specific point to help him solve it. By swiping their finger across the screen and through dirt, they carve a path for it to flow. Touching clouds releases water from them. Along the way, kids have to avoid obstacles like lava and hot water. Players try to collect stars and knick-knacks, which unlock mini-games. An iPad-only version called Where's My Mickey? XL features 20 "extra-large" levels.
Is it any good?
WHERE'S MY MICKEY may be a bit predictable, but it's terrifically entertaining and builds on the success of its predecessors in the Where's My Water? franchise. The puzzles are once again well done, and the challenges make players stop and think, but aren't difficult enough to frustrate people.
The levels start with a cartoon with a setup, then players help Mickey get water to take care of whatever predicament he's gotten himself into (a cartoon-like wrap-up follows at the end of the level). This Mickey isn't the one a lot of kids are used to, though. He's mischievous and looking to make a buck or win a prize. He scratches his butt. And there's even a joke where a lemon seems to relieve itself in a bucket of water. It's where the character started, but a lot of players may not remember that. But they'll still have a good laugh and enjoy a terrific game. Note that the initial version of the iOS game does have some game-crashing bugs, but expect Disney to take care of these quickly.
Families can talk about...
Kids interact with water every day. Encourage them to observe its behavior in different states, comparing it to how water behaves in the app.
For young kids, water and sand play can be a fun way to learn. Have kids dig a tunnel to bring water to an end point. Set up obstacles along the way to encourage problem solving.