Parents' Guide to

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Arcade mini-game collection is best left to little kids.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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This game is perfect for little kids that haven't been to an arcade but want the experience of one. In Disney Tsum Tsum Festival, you get to play a series of mini-games, all of which feature Tsum Tsums, quirky Japanese stuffed animals of popular Disney characters that are shaped like loaves of bread. Set up like an old-school arcade, this has a number of fun activities, including air hockey, a shooting gallery, and "Spinner Battle," a bit of organized chaos in which Tsum Tsum-themed tops have to knock each other out of a circular ring. Then there's "Tsum Chase," which is basically Pac-Man but with four simultaneous Pacs and the ability to stop moving when you want. The best mini-game is actually one that uses the touchscreen and is more like a mobile game: the connect-3 puzzle game "Tsum Tsum Puzzle." All of the games can be played solo or with a friend, either competitively or cooperatively.

Sadly, the inability to play "Tsum Tsum Puzzle" on your phone instead of the Switch isn't the worst thing about this mini-game collection. Some of the games are just awful, or will frustrate younger players. "Egg Pack Coaster," for instance, has your Tsum Tsum pushing a carton of four eggs down a rollercoaster, except Tsum Tsums apparently don't have the limbs needed to steer well. There's also "Round 'n' Round Run," in which the Tsum Tsum runs a race full of obstacles, but the race is so slow that there's no challenge to it. These games are also way too simple for anyone old enough to buy Tsum Tsums with their own money; it's decidedly for younglings who'll hug 'em and squeeze 'em. But if you are that young or you have kids who are and you'd like to spend some quality time beating them at air hockey, Disney Tsum Tsum Festival has all the fun of the arcade and none of the problems with parking.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Release date: November 8, 2019
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: September 10, 2021

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