Mech Mice Tactics

Common Sense Media says

Fun fantasy strategy game for kids is combat-heavy.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game tells a story about mice who use magic to become an advanced civilization and defend their land from many kinds of creatures. Much of the game centers on combat.

Positive role models

Players are never told much about their squads of "meched-out" mice, and the mice seem pretty aggressive, but their battles are against swarms of insect-machine hybrids ("mutant cybug armies") to defend innocent creatures. 

Ease of play

This PC game was designed for kids and has handy tutorials, but some basic knowledge of strategy and tactics is required to play. It's not too tough, but it's not a cakewalk either. Mouse-based controls are intuitive.

Violence

Although it's not bloody or gory, Mech Mice is a turn-based strategy game that focuses heavily on combat. Players guide a squad of powerful mice through various maps and tactically attack enemies using weapons and magic. Enemies can explode into electricity, fire, or dirt once defeated. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The first chapter (eight levels) is free to play, but the full game costs $7.99. Gamers also can purchase new units for $2.99 each.

 
 
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

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

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • probability

Science

  • animals
  • energy

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • probability

Science

  • animals
  • energy

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about strategy as they play this PC-based game of fantasy tactics. They'll learn how to analyze data based on the results of their actions, applying and modifying this information as required as the game progresses. Mech Mice Tactics isn't especially educational, but it does make kids think about strategy and consequences, and it encourages learning from mistakes.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free to Try
Available online?Not available online
Developer:HyperHippo
Release date:October 10, 2013
Genre:Strategy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Bugs, Cats, dogs, and mice, Science and nature, Wild animals
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Windows)

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