Where's My Mickey?

Common Sense Media says

Classic Mickey + fantastic hit game = great fun.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Like its predecessors, this game features a smart learning curve making it easy to pick up. Puzzles become more difficult in later levels, but success remains largely a matter of trial and error -- and players aren't penalized for how many times they try to solve the puzzle. And they're rewarded after each level with a small cartoon-like animation. 

Violence & scariness

This game's Mickey isn't the kindly uncle many kids are used to -- and occasionally has fits of anger (slamming a bucket against a pump, for example). A lemon jumping into a barrel misses and has to be taken away in an ambulance, but it's all cartoonish violence. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A button on the main menu showcases several more apps from Disney. Players can unlock two closed levels through in-app purchase. And Mickey, of course, is one of the most popular merchandising vehicles in the world. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Links to Twitter and Facebook take kids outside the app but there's no requirement to log in to these services.

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

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

Learning Approach

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.

Support

Players receive gentle guidance through the process. While there's no help option, the game never overwhelms kids with difficulty. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn about problem solving and a little bit about physics concepts like gravity in Where's My Mickey? The app focuses chiefly on problem solving in the early levels, asking players to divert water to the proper receptacle to move to the next level. But as the game advances, players will have to use lava and wind to solve the puzzle. Kids will laugh a lot and can exercise their problem-solving skills in the process.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$1.99
Release date:June 20, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:49.10 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2013
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Awesome game!

Great app! Fun combination of all Where's My Water versions! Kind of confusing. It is 99¢ and I think this app is worth every penny! It is very entertaining! Kids from 5 and older will love it!

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