Parents' Guide to

The Tale of Despereaux (DS)

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Better than the console game, a fun side-scrolling puzzler.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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While this is a linear game which doesn't take very long to complete (under 5 hours), it's gameplay is fun and the 36 levels are inventive. For example, when you encounter some menacing rats, if you lead them back to a mousetrap which you jump over, they will run right over it and get snagged. Likewise, if you transfer light from a torch to a candle, the mean rats will cower, shake with fear, and ignore you.

This game is great for kids because it has frequent save points and a generous number of lives so when you fall off a cliff or get attacked by rats, you will be returned to a spot close to where you were in the level and can try to figure out a better way to proceed. There are even hidden musical notes in each level which, if found, unlock the 6 bonus levels. So there is a motivation to go back to a level and replay it. The graphics are also quite good, making this mouse-viewed world fascinating to explore.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release date: December 12, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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