What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mech Mice Tactics is a kids game from the creators of Club Penguin, but it skews older due to the tactical nature of the gameplay and the heavy focus on turn-based combat. There isn't any blood or gore, but it centers mostly on fighting among enemy units. It's a single-player adventure, though parents should note that there's a second, separate game available on the same website called Mech Mice Academy and that it's an online multiplayer shooter.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- time management
- work to achieve goals
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
An accessible interface, interesting ideas, and an appealing visual design help make this game of tactics fun and engaging for kids who enjoy fantasy and strategy adventures.
Kids learn by analyzing the results of their actions. They'll develop strategies for combat, process the results, and then use that knowledge to create better tactics in future battles.
The game has a built-in tutorial and help section. There also are unofficial forums and wiki sites available to kids looking for a little peer-to-peer help.
What's it about?
Mice are usually at the bottom of the food chain, but the mice in MECH MICE TACTICS happen upon a mysterious crystal shard that transforms them into a knowledgeable, powerful civilization armed with the necessary technology to defend their tribe and protect the innocent. It's a turn-based strategy game for Windows PC from the creator of Club Penguin. Players build a militaristic squad of mice, move them around various outdoor maps, and fight the cybug armies of the Dark Union. With role-playing game elements, players have the ability to level up their custom, "meched-out" mice and create new units, expand their abilities, and traverse exotic lands to face new foes.
Is it any good?
Mech Mice Tactics is ideal for younger gamers who want a little brains with their brawn. Unlike violent and gory turn-based sci-fi games such as those in the XCOM series, this game focuses almost solely on smart tactics, collectibles, and upgrade-able characters. Most kids will enjoy adventuring through levels to unlock new areas, secrets, and achievements. Content is regularly updated with new cybug bosses to defeat, and the first chapter (eight levels) is completely free. Gamers who want to keep playing can pay $7.99 for the full experience. Each chapter takes from two to four hours to finish. You can create a custom squad in adventure mode, but your squad is chosen for you in story mode. Although it might not have the same appeal as Club Penguin, Mech Mice is a fun strategy game for younger PC gamers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether Mech Mice Tactics is suitable for the younger members of their households. Does the fantasy/sci-fi nature of the story lessen the impact of the violence? Be sure to check out these CSM-approved games for families.