Disney Planes

Common Sense Media says

Not a nosedive, but this game still stalls over mediocrity.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is about aerial races (and winning), but in the spirit of the movie it's based on, some characters put friendship and fairness first. In the story campaign, the game's message is about believing in yourself -- even in the face of adversity.

Positive role models

Most of the characters are positive role models, including the big-hearted hero Dusty, as well as Ishani, Bravo, and Echo (the same voice actors in the movie lend their talents to this game). Although most of them are competitors, the characters like each other and believe in fair and fun competition.

Ease of play

Flying a plane in a 3-D space -- with X, Y, and Z axes -- might take some getting used to by young or novice gamers. Younger kids will have trouble mastering the mechanics of the aircraft at first, but teens will grasp the controls faster.

Violence & scariness

There is some mild cartoon violence, such as shooting cannons, sound blasts, and water at enemy targets, which might cause them to explode in a flash of bright light. There isn't anything graphic about the combat or explosions, but some parents might not like young kids aiming at rivals through cross hairs and firing.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is directly based on the film Disney Planes, out at the same time as the game. This includes the same characters, voice actors, locations, and story lines.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Disney Planes is a flying game based directly on the movie of the same name. Because there are some missions that require shooting at enemy aircraft (and other targets), it does have some cartoon violence including cannons and cartoon-like explosions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Arts

  • movement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • respect for others

What Kids Can Learn

Disney Planes wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Arts

  • movement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • respect for others

Disney Planes wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

Based on the movie of the same name, DISNEY PLANES -- the video game -- also stars a number of planes with personality from around the world, who compete for aerial supremacy. This occurs especially in the Story campaign, which mirror's the film's "around the world" race to the finish line. This Nintendo exclusive lets you play as the lovable crop duster Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), as well as Echo (Antony Edwards), Bravo (Val Kilmer), Ishani (Priyanka Chopra), and six others, as you take on various missions and soar through 10 locations inspired by the film.

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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's OK but nothing worth racing to the store to buy -- as with most other video games based on movie licenses. Although it may be a tad tricky for young kids to grasp at first, the flight mechanics are pretty good and streamlined for mainstream gamers. Animations are smooth, voice talent is impressive, and there's a lot of variety in locations and characters. Still, the missions per characters are almost the same, resulting in repetition and redundancy, such as one character flying through colored sand (Ishani) and another character (Dusty) who must fly through snow. Hmmm. Players will want to complete missions to rack up points, be it flying through checkpoints perfectly, reaching the finishing line first, or popping balloons. Once you finish the game, which might take you five or six hours, there's also an open-ended Free Flight option to explore the environments in the console versions. With the Nintendo DS and 3DS, on the other hand, the end unlocks an objective-achieving Challenge mode. Not a huge disappointment, but nothing special, either, Disney Planes is a decent but underwhelming flying game for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Creating a video game based on flying planes sounds like a good idea, but why the Nintendo exclusive?  Perhaps Nintendo paid for the exclusivity. Is this a good move for Disney Interactive?

  • Did you want to play this game because you saw the movie? If you haven't seen the movie yet, does this game make you want to? Families can talk about selling to kids.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U
Price:$29.99 to $49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:August 6, 2013
Genre:Simulation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U)

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