Disney Alice in Wonderland (DS Version)

Common Sense Media says

Fun, stylish, and a bit too spooky for little ones.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Young girls could get a negative message from the helpless Alice who must be guided and protected by four male characters.

Positive role models

No one in the game puts forth a troublingly bad example, but between the bickering male characters and the hapless Alice, there are no truly good role models, either.

Ease of play

Simple, easily performed play controls, and a very nicely-graded learning curve gives this DS game a high score for ease of play.

Violence

Fighting is very cartoonish, although the sounds of clashing metal are always heard (even when it's a knight fighting a cat). Alice screams when she is picked up by red knights and sucked into glowing red vortexes. There are a few instances of more gruesome violence (a boss knight gets spikes imbedded in himself, which he plucks out; a monster's disembodied eye is tossed around by a mouse), but they are too stylized to be considered truly graphic. Another possibly disturbing image has Alice and friend hanging from ropes that are attached to the tops of their heads. Less than any individual act, the overall eerie tone might be a bit off-putting for very young children.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The characters insult each other frequently, though it is all done with rather mild name-calling.

Consumerism

The game is based on the new 3-D Disney film. It also allows you to join and connect to Disney Interactive's D-Gamer online service. Throughout the game, you will win items for your D-Gamer avatar.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DS version of DISNEY ALICE IN WONDERLAND is completely different from the Wii and PC version. It is also not a direct adaptation of the new Alice movie (the packaging even notes that the game is "inspired by" the film). The game uses highly stylized, very cartoonish visuals, but does contain a lot a fighting (mixed among far more puzzle-like brain-gaming). Even the cartoony characters can look a bit creepy at time, though, so the very young might find the game frightening. There is no need, though, to worry about any kind of realistic violence.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

This DISNEY ALICE IN WONDERLAND follows the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter as they lead the girl they believe to be their savior (Alice) through the strange landscapes of Underland to find the legendary Vorpal Blade, which can be used to defeat the treacherous Red Queen and her monstrous Jabberwocky. Each of the heroes has a unique power (respectively: manipulating time, altering gravity, making things appear or disappear, and flipping the perspective), that must be used to get past puzzle-like obstacles along the way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Disney Alice in Wonderland offers so much more than your standard 2-D platformer game for the Nintendo DS. Its developers made a very wise choice in not attempting to duplicate the lush graphics of the Wii/PC Alice adaptation, and instead went for a beautifully stylized (but graphically simpler) cartoony look. The tone and feel is still very Tim Burton, though -- obviously inspired by the film. The special abilities of each characters are also put to exceptionally good use over the course of the game. The rabbit time-manipulating power, for instance, could have been the central gimmick of a game all its own. When you see a fallen apple, for instance, you can stand on it, reverse time, and ride the fruit back up into the tree it had fallen from. Genius! Wonderfully creative touch are found throughout, especially with the map of Underland, which the player is able to mix around to create shortcuts. Repetitive battles are the game's only real flaw.

Online interaction: The game allows you to win unique costume items for your avatar in D-Gamer, Disney's online gaming community.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about differences between the game and the movie. How is Alice different in each? Which version of Alice do children prefer?

  • Families can also discuss the depiction of violence in the game. Does the cartoony way in which the fights are portrayed make them less violent? Less scary? Or is it possible that the spooky imagery of the game can make it more frightening?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:March 2, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Kid, 9 years old May 27, 2012
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9
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LEARNING

scary for little ones

i played that game and my little sister wanted to play it i said ok when she did, she started screaming i came to see what was wrong i asked her she said it was scary with a big something onn threre when she went to sleep, she had night mares watch out people out there
Teen, 13 years old Written byElvenSnapeFan June 4, 2010
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This game is incredable! I've never played anything like it! The controls are really simple and easy to learn. The graphics are BEAUTIFUL!! And this is one of the few games where the dialogue catches my eye and makes me laugh. The red knights are incredably easy to beat (TIP: Stand next to Alice to keep her from being captured), and Stayne (the "boss knight") is also easy and has some hilarious lines. There is some mild name-calling (friutloop, loser), but it's few and far in between (and quite funny on most occasions). I do have a problem with the fact that Alice does nothing on her own until the end of the game. The graphics are a bit strange (though, as I said before, beautiful), and kind of set a foreboding mood. The music is fantastic. All together, I can't stop praising it. It's an excelent game that I would recommend for anyone.
Parent of a 10 year old Written byhuskys5787 April 8, 2010
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6
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I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it because it`s like a cartoon turn into a real life movie turn into a D.S game for kids 9 and over,and my child is 10 years old.
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Too much swearing

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