Parents' Guide to

Disney Magical World

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Mickey meets Animal Crossing in fun, gentle life-simulator.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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The simplest way to look at Disney Magical World is to imagine Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing games and replace all of the animals with Disney characters. It's basically a life simulator that puts kids in the shoes of someone trying to be a friendly and productive part of a thriving community and its economy. The characters players interact with are generally kind and gracious, and the mini-games are inviting and intuitive. Kids will move from one activity to the next without missing a beat. A pleasant, happy vibe permeates everything, making it a great game for kids whose parents would rather they avoided heavy action and violence.

If you're sensitive to overt branding, the Disney theme may come on a bit too strong here. It almost feels as though you're walking around Disney World -- especially when taking commemorative pictures of avatars with popular Disney characters. Still, the activities are fun and satisfying and the game has a good overarching message about being productive and friendly. Families with young grade-school kids could do a lot worse.

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