Disney Stitch Jam
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Stitch Jam is a rhythm game for kids that features a modicum of violence. The titular alien often pushes and tackles his enemies, knocking them out of his way. No characters ever seem permanently injured; the tone of the game is upbeat, and our hero’s quest is noble. Note that while the game is offline only, players can access DGamer, Disney’s online community for kids.
What's it about?
DISNEY STITCH JAM is a rhythm game for children. Players indirectly control Disney’s hyperactive but lovable blue alien as he slowly moves through various settings, including jungles, towns, and even space, by either tapping the onscreen cues that pop up in rhythm with the game’s music or pressing the corresponding buttons. Miss notes, and Stitch will lose health and eventually fall over and pass out. Hit them all and you’ll build up massive combos. There are ten levels in the story mode, plus a co-operative stage for players to try via local download play. There are also a couple of unlockable modes that allow players to try playing as other characters in the game and make some of the story mode stages more challenging.
Is it any good?
The rhythm-based action is polished and fun. Both control schemes are responsive and forgiving, which should ensure minimal player frustration, and the trio of difficulty settings means both younger and older kids should be properly and adequately challenged. And it looks and sounds great. Stitch and his friends animate like cartoons, the three-dimensional backgrounds they inhabit are lush and detailed, and the music, composed of a mixture of slower and faster paced upbeat ditties, is a pleasure.
The only significant problem is brevity. With just ten stages, experienced young gamers could finish the story mode and have their fill of the unlockable modes in a single day. Still, the fun rhythm-based play and multiple difficulty levels makes the story mode highly replayable. Plus, it only costs $19.99.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about music and games. Do you enjoy games that revolve around matching beats and notes? Do you think people with an aptitude for music fare better, or are music games usually equally accessible to people who aren’t involved in music in other parts of their lives?
Families can also discuss whether this game could have been just as much fun had it featured unrecognizable personalities as opposed to licensed characters. Does Stitch and his universe add anything meaningful and unique to the experience?