A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Just as in the Charles Dickens classic book on which this game is based, this is a book about how an evil person can change. And how kindness to others is better than selfishness.
Positive Role Models
It's uplifting to watch Scrooge move from being a miserly, crotchety old man to admirably generous human being.
Ease of Play
While the game is easy to pick up and play by tapping and moving items on the touchscreen, there's a fair amount of thinking and strategy involved in order to complete some of the puzzles.
Violence & Scariness
You throw snowballs at kids and try to hit Scrooge with falling icicles. When the kids are hit with snowballs, they say, 'ooof.' Both of these aren't too violent at all, hence the 'comic mischief' label. Also, the game is not scary although the movie can be.
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Products & Purchases
The game promotes the movie of the same name starring Jim Carrey. In the game's packaging, there is a flier for Tim Burton's April 2010 movie and Disney game "Alice in Wonderland."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney's A Christmas Carol video game adaption of Charles Dicken's classic tale is not as scary as the movie version released at the same time. The game is easy to learn and there is little violence aside from throwing snowballs at kids and icicles at Scrooge. There is limited online interaction in this game via Disney's social networking site, DGamer. But parents are in control of that connection because they have to register by giving an email address via the DS and then clicking on a link once they receive it via email.
Is It Any Good?
This surprisingly delightful game is part narrated story, part point-and-click adventure, and part mini-games. Full of ghosts to catch and puzzles to solve, you explore each location until you solve its mystery. If you can’t figure it out, blow into the DS microphone to make glittering stars appear over parts of a static scene where you should tap on the touchscreen. When you solve a puzzle like waking Scrooge up so he can listen to Jacob Marley’s ghost, you'll receive prizes like a Christmas card. Link to DGamer, the company’s social networking Web site, and you can customize your avatar with these prizes. Rounding out the package is a calendar with a puzzle for each day of Advent and full version of the Dickens classic story for you to read. Sure, the game is a little short and the online experience is uninspired. But the design itself makes up for it in generally seamless execution, tons of sou, and an ever-engaging game experience. There’s no bah-humbug here.
Online interaction: The game is connected via Wi-Fi to DGamer, Disney's social networking site. Here, you can trade items you've collected or dress up your avatar. The parent must physically approve becoming a part of DGamer. Add your email address via the DS and then click on a link you receive to register.
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