Frozen: Olaf’s Quest

 
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Learning(i)

Entry-level platformer should please young fans of the film.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to persevere and use their noodles to figure out how to accomplish various navigational tasks, such as finding ways to get to hard-to-reach collectibles. 

Positive role models

Olaf's objective is simply to find and collect stuff en route to the end of each level, making him seem perhaps a bit obsessed. He doesn't get into much trouble and generally flees or avoids anything dangerous. 

Ease of play

Starts off extremely easy, slowly grows in difficulty. There are a few collectibles late in the game that could prove hard to find even for seasoned platformer gamers, but they don't impede your progress; players can keep moving forward to the next level even if they don’t finish the current one.

Violence & scariness

Olaf the snowman sometimes gets stuck with icicles. He can also take off his head and throw it at objects and creatures, stunning wolves that try to claw him. In a couple of scenes Olaf is chased by a slow-moving ice monster, but we never see him come to serious harm.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is a spin-off of the film of the same name and is clearly designed to increase kids' awareness of the movie.

Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frozen: Olaf's Quest is an introductory platformer adventure closely tied to Disney's Frozen. Younger kids who play the game likely will want to see the movie and vice versa. There's very little in the way of violence or scariness -- Olaf the snowman throws his head at a slow-moving wolf trying to paw him, that's about it -- or any other iffy content. Its simple design, extremely short levels, and ease of play makes it suitable for younger kids. There's no real failing involved, and players can move on to the next level even if they don't finish the current one. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Young fans of the film will enjoy Olaf's awkward antics. The simple interface and shallow learning curve ensure they won’t get frustrated.

Learning Approach

Kids need to analyze in-game situations and use logic to come up with strategies to navigate obstacle-laden environments. They'll learn from their mistakes and adjust tactics accordingly.

Support

Instructions are provided whenever Olaf encounters a new type of obstacle or needs to use a new ability. No supports exist outside the game.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Kinds can learn about solving problems in this simple but enjoyable platform adventure. Kids need to observe the game’s environments and obstacles, then apply what they know about how Olaf moves and what he can do in order to figure out how to overcome various challenges. Trickier areas require some perseverance as kids try different tactics looking for one that works. Frozen: Olaf’s Quest is a pretty basic platformer, but kids will need to use their heads if they want to find all of the hidden collectibles in the game. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

FROZEN: OLAF'S QUEST follows the misadventures of the movie's lovable, bumbling snowman, Olaf, as he works through 60 short side-scrolling run-and-jump levels. His goal is to make it to the end of each stage while collecting various objects -- including snowflakes, beach balls, and hot chocolate mugs -- while avoiding a variety of obstacles, such as pits of spiky icicles and prowling wolves. Boss stages see him running away from various hazards, including an overly friendly reindeer and an ice monster. Most of the action is running and jumping, but Olaf learns a few tricks along the way, such as how to throw his head at things, roll like a snowball to smash through blocks of ice, and leap from one fluffy cloud to another before it disappears to reach higher areas. As kids progress they'll unlock various outfit items and accessories, allowing them to customize Olaf's appearance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Clearly meant for younger players, this simple platformer is presented in bite-size bits. Some levels can be as short as 20 or 30 seconds, designed to avoid frustration. Kids just getting their run-to-the-right legs should have an easy time figuring out the controls and won't be aggravated by repeated failures. You can only really "lose" on boss levels, and if you do lose you can just move on to the next stage.

That said, older brothers and sisters might get something out of the game as well, at least on later levels. Some of the collectibles are cleverly hidden, forcing players to explore and use all of Olaf's abilities to find them. It never gets too challenging, but experienced players will need to use their heads to figure out how to reach some items and earn a perfect score on every level. At $29.99, Frozen: Olaf's Quest is a bit pricey for what it is -- a three-hour adventure not much more complex than a smartphone game -- but younger players who enjoyed the movie likely will have some fun with it. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the connections between movies and spin-off games. Do you usually enjoy games based on movies? Do you like that you already know the characters and story? Has a game based on a movie ever ended up disappointing you?

  • Families can also discuss Olaf. Does the character in the game seem the same as the one in the movie? What defines him? What do you like (or not like) about him?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:GameMill
Release date:November 19, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS)

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