Parents' Guide to

Disney Friends

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Nintendogs-like life sim with Disney characters.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Curious George teams up with all the Disney characters to find Shrek

age 5+

A nice, warm-hearted game for kids

Even my four-year-old can play enough to satisfy her. She can't do all of it, but it's still fun for her to play with her older sister.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The gameplay in Disney Friends is a lot like that in Nintendogs, the mega-popular puppy simulation game. Instead of cute dogs jumping on your screen for attention, you have Disney friends tapping on the screen and calling to you. To keep the characters entertained, you have an arsenal of toys and activities including making music and drawing pictures together. Each friend also has a special activity that they love. So for Stitch, you can build a block city that he revels in stomping down. Because the game reveals its content slowly over time, this is a game that kids will play for weeks. The game makes good use of the internal DS clock to present nighttime scenes and changes of seasons. It also limits some games to play once a day.

While this game presents a fun simulation that children will want to explore, it has a few minor glitches. Directions are sometimes unclear and they frequently appear in a font size that is almost too small to read. However, the overall experience is compelling and focuses on building positive experiences about caring for others.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Disney Interactive
  • Release date: March 4, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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