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Disney Tsum Tsum Festival

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Arcade mini-game collection is best left to little kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

These mini-games have not only competitive options, but cooperative ones as well, which encourage players to work together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are good sports when they win, and aren't shown being sore losers. Or bad winners, for that matter.

Ease of Play

Most of the mini-games have simple controls, but some may need a parent to explain the rules, while one doesn't seem to work well at all.

Violence & Scariness

In one of the mini-games, players shoot targets like in a county fair's shooting gallery. But there's no blood or gore.

Language
Consumerism

Players earn coins by playing, and these coins can be used to purchase playable Tsum Tsums in the game. The characters are based on a line of stuffed animals, and thus playing the game may make you want to buy one or more of them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a series of mini-games for the Switch. While one of the mini-games is a shooting gallery, it has you shooting at gallery targets. There's no blood or gore shown during this section. It's based on a line of popular and adorable Japanese toys, so playing this game may prompt kids (and parents) to want to buy one or more of these toys. Otherwise, the game has no objectionable content.

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What's it about?

In DISNEY TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL, you get to play a series of mini-games like you're in an old-school arcade. Except instead of being yourself, you're a Tsum Tsum, an adorable Japanese stuffed animal toy that's shaped like a loaf of bread. That is, if you made bread that looked like such Disney characters as Mickey Mouse, Elsa, Stitch, Bambi, and many others. You can also, by playing, earn coins you can use to buy even more Tsum Tsums.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about toys. Tsum Tsums are stuffed animals, but do you think Disney Tsum Tsum Festival was made to sell more toys or to appeal to people who've already bought the toys? Can it be both?

  • In Disney Tsum Tsum Festival, you earn coins you can use to buy more Tsum Tsums to play as. How do you decide which Tsum Tsums to buy? Does it make sense to spend your money right away or to save it?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $49.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Bandai Namco
  • Release date: November 8, 2019
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: December 03, 2019

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