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Wonder Park Magic Rides

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Playing in this park involves more waiting than wonder.

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

Ease of Play

The app walks players through a detailed description of how gameplay works when they first open it, but things can get confusing after that. Waiting for things to be built without paying for them can also frustrate players.

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Consumerism

Players can purchase coin and gem packages that range from $1.99 to $99.99. Based on the Wonder Park movie.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonder Park Magic Rides is an amusement park simulator for iOS and Android devices. The game is based off the 2019 movie Wonder Park, and casts players in the role of an amusement park administrator that builds and maintains rides for users. There isn't any inappropriate content to be found in the game, although the game does feature a focus on coin and gem packages to accelerate the construction of rides and buildings. Without these purchases, players are stuck with lots of timed activities and waiting for items to be completed, which could frustrate players doesn't can involve a lot of waiting, due to the timed activities -- which may make kids feel pressured to buy coin packages to speed things up. The lack of in-game information and details after the initial tutorial could frustrate players as well. 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?

Players build and manage a park by adding attractions and hosting visitors in WONDER PARK MAGIC RIDES. Based on the animated movie of the same name, the app also features animal characters, who will perform actions like sleeping or walking around their enclosures. To advance levels, players need to earn coins from quests, build things, or collecting them from suppliers that have finished producing items; they also earn smiles from visitors. Once their smile-o-meter reaches a certain point, this meter will provide gems that can be used to speed up some of the timed activities.

Is it any good?

The action in this tycoon sim looks like it's going to be fast-paced at first, but as you get farther into this game, it slows to a crawl, making it as fun as waiting in an actual line at an amusement park. In Wonder Park Magic Rides, you're initially introduced to the mechanics of the app as you zip through the guided introduction. Shortly after you repair the entrance to the park, though, you're left to walk around until timed activities, such as building a tent, are complete so you can collect coins, which you'll need to get to the next level. You can use gems, which are handed out for completing certain tasks, to speed the action up, but you likely won't have enough to make the process go much faster. What's worse, since you may open the app and find almost lots longer than expected.

The Wonder Park Magic Rides app description mentions fun quests, but it's unclear where you can access them. It's really not clear at any point what you're supposed to be doing next. The app would benefit from adding a map or other type of guide to show players what's coming up -- something more detailed than the shadowed-out gallery that offers vague information about higher levels. Describing what short- and long-term tasks await would also help provide some context -- and more motivation to play. But right now, Wonder Park Magic Rides eliminates the wonder in favor of unexplained waits, unless you buy your way to the front of the line.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's involved in running a business like the one in Wonder Park Magic Rides. What tasks seem to be the most important to make the park a success?

  • Do you feel like purchasing coins and gems would make Wonder Park Magic Rides more fun? Can you brainstorm a few things that are free to do instead?

App details

For kids who love simulations

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