A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a game that encouraging nurturing behavior and teaches about how to care of others.
Violence & Scariness
Stitch can stomp on block cities you build for him and create other mischief.
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Products & Purchases
The characters are from famous Disney movies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a game that teaches about nurturing and taking care of others. It is a life simulation game with some adventure aspects thrown in. And since it reveals its content slowly over time, it is a game that teaches responsibility as kids must periodically check in on their charges. If kids forget to check in on their friends, they don't die although they may complain about your absence. The game also provides a few games for kids to play together using the Internet via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, or locally using a wireless connection. Common Sense Media does not recommend online gaming for anyone under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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