Parents' Guide to

Phineas and Ferb

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Game based on Disney show is fun and creative.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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Based on 2 parent reviews

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Promotes inequality between siblings

I would like to start by saying that my sixteen month old was devastated after learning there weren't 104 days in summer vacation! Although almost of equal importance, "school comes along just to end it?" Is that we really what we want to be teaching our kids? Kids naturally love to learn and this show is corrupting their natural demeanor! I would also like to point out that Isabella never once has a crush on Ferb. To teach youngins that girls will never go for the introverts is just false. Poor Ferb. The antagonistic light that Candace is painted in is absolutely outrageous, we should not be teaching our kids to bicker with their siblings in this way. When you begin to hear the shrill voice of Phineas, hide the screens from your children!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (11):

With virtually nothing in the way of violence, Phineas and Ferb is fine entertainment for elementary school kids. What's more, it makes creative use of the DS' touch screen. The neighborhood adventuring involves stroking and tapping the screen in a variety of intuitive ways to search for items and navigate obstacles, and vehicle parts are assembled by spinning them around with the stylus until their jagged edges fit together like puzzle pieces. There's also a nifty mechanic that involves one brother jumping on the other's shoulders, which lets them hide from their sister and interact with objects that are otherwise out of reach.

The rides players spend so much time striving to build, are, rather anticlimactically, the weakest part of the game. The controls are stiff and the objectives provided while riding -- such as leaping over paint cans and collecting items -- are simple relative to the rest of the game. Still, it is undeniably an above-average interactive incarnation of a kids cartoon.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Disney Interactive
  • Release date: February 4, 2009
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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