Parents' Guide to

Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kids don thinking caps to play and create puzzles.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2013
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With close to 200 puzzles and games -- plus the ability to download countless player-made puzzles online -- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move provides a lot of bang for a $10 game. The main mode will provide hours of constantly evolving fun. With each new set of unlocked puzzles, players confront new rules and tile types, including ones that rotate, automatically move minis forward, and devour other tiles like garbage compactors. And the learning curve is gradual, so you'll have a chance to unlock a bit of everything before the puzzles get really tough -- and they will.

Issues are minor, and mostly to do with taste. Easily stressed players probably won't like that most of the puzzles are timed in some way. Kids who like to come up with their own solutions will enjoy the open ended nature of some puzzles, but be frustrated by those that require more rigid, linear thinking. The opposite will be true for players who enjoy eliminating possibilities to eke out a puzzle's single correct answer. The good news, though, is that regardless of which kind of player you are, you're likely to find something here that fits your puzzling proclivity.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Subjects: Math : estimation, geometry, patterns
  • Skills: Tech Skills : digital creation, Creativity : imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Thinking & Reasoning : logic, solving puzzles, strategy
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: May 10, 2013
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 26, 2016

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