A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The message in this title is simple and applicable to real-life: that being a good member of the community benefits everyone. It’s simple enough so players of all ages will understand it, and the delivery is fairly natural instead of heavy-handed.
Positive Role Models
Characters do feature positive traits such as friendliness and helpfulness, but applying their actions to real-life situations may not always be straightforward. These are Disney characters, so their actions and traits can be a bit larger than life at times.
While about half of the characters are non-human, there's a cast of Mii-like neighbors who roam Castleton at all times. These characters have limited design options, but they do feature non-white-presenting Miis. Players also have multiple skin tones to choose from when creating their character.
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Ease of Play
The tutorial section is extensive, lasting a few hours rather than a few minutes. This means that players can slowly learn everything they need to succeed in-game in a way that flows along with the story. There are no technical issues to report, and the controls are very easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
The dungeon quest minigame does feature minor fantasy violence. Characters have a wand and press "A" to aim their magic at ghosts, who disappear when hit.
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Products & Purchases
While encouragements to engage with other Disney products are not explicit, featuring characters from several Disney properties is likely to have an effect on kids, who may seek out more Disney games, toys, or movies as a result. But there's no option for in-game purchases. This is a remastered version of a title originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2013.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition is a downloadable life simulation game available for the Nintendo Switch. This remastered edition builds on the original Disney Magical World title released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. Players arrive in the world of Castleton and are greeted by the staple Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy. The main goal of the game is to collect stickers, which players earn as rewards for completing various activities all over the town, such as collecting items, crafting furniture, and cooking. Disney Magical World 2 is infused with Disney charm, and while there are certainly enough activities to keep kids entertained, more experienced gamers may find the minigames repetitive or the dialogue too simplistic since the gameplay walks players through every action so they're not lost. Players will engage in minor amounts of combat, using a wand to make ghosts disappear, but there's no blood or gore shown. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
Is It Any Good?
Media mega-giant Disney hits some predictable, yet consistent and entertaining notes in this re-released life simulator. Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition is a remaster of a Nintendo 3DS title of the same name, and significant updates have been made to the visuals. While Disney has released several titles gathering characters from different Disney IPs (intellectual properties), this one does offer an experience that’s markedly unique. Firstly, unlike the Kingdom Hearts franchise or the Disney Infinity series, this is a relaxed life simulator with a unique player character. The mini-games may be repetitive or uninteresting to older players, but this title effectively fills a niche that was previously unfilled, and that’s enough.
Furthermore, Castleton and the surrounding worlds do offer a solid array of activities and a lot of options for customizing the look of the player’s house and appearance, so players will be able to focus on the aspects of the game that interest them the most. After the tutorial, players also have the freedom to complete tasks in whatever order they choose, offering flexibility and a pressure-free environment. Overall, this is a great pick for Disney fans who enjoy a relaxing gaming experience.
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