Wonderland : Little Mermaid

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Colorful under-the-sea playscape with glitchy controls.

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A lot or a little?

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Educational Value

Though labeled "Education" in the app stores, we don't recommend this app for learning.

Ease of Play

Some of the interactive elements don't respond properly and may take several tries.

Violence & Scariness

The pirate ship has some skull and crossbones, a ghost pirate who makes spooky noises, and a skeleton with a treasure chest.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Links to the publisher's other games. Purchasing is blocked by a simple addition parent gate.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonderland : Little Mermaid is an open-ended game where kids can use their imagination and create the play experience they are looking for. There are some creepy elements in the pirate ship, including a ghost pirate and a skeleton. There are links to the publisher's other games that may draw kids in and have them requesting more content, and the parent gate is a simple addition problem with three multiple-choice answers. Some of the interactive items are finicky, and kids may find it frustrating to not have them respond right away to a tap. Unfortunately, the mermaids are sorely lacking in ethnic diversity. 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?

WONDERLAND : LITTLE MERMAID is an open-ended experience where kids can use nine different mermaids of varying ages and genders to create their own stories. The mermaids can be customized with hats, clothes, etc. While the whole set is under the sea (except for a fishing game), there are lots of different environments to explore. Kids can visit a pirate ship and look for hidden treasure, or they can go to the bakery and make some cakes. There's a playground and a bedroom and a toy shop, too. Each area has a closet with new outfits, and there are also all sorts of food items, toys, and other things to interact with. 

Is it any good?

This brightly colored seascape will delight imaginative mermaid fans, but potentially frustrate them as well. Wonderland : Little Mermaid is nothing if not cheerful; with so many pops of color, kids may not know where to look first. There's a lot to visit and play with as well. Navigation is confusing, however: Buildings that look small from the outside have numerous large rooms (and even an outdoor space) inside, and it's easy to get lost. A map would certainly help. In addition to all of the objects, there are some switches to flip and gears to turn. These didn't always respond as expected, and kids may assume that they're only there for appearance instead of interaction after trying and failing to get them to work. Wonderland: Little Mermaid is cute, but it's also lacking in any sort of diversity of skin color, which is unfortunate given how many mermaids there are and how easy it is to at least vary skin tone. Expect kids to be entertained, amused, and possibly frustrated as well. Kids of color who would like to play as themselves in the game will also be disappointed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about things you might find under the sea. What are some real things you might find in the ocean that aren't in Wonderland : Little Mermaid? What are some pretend things you might see in a movie or an app? 

  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

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