Parents' Guide to

Wario Master of Disguise

By Anise Hollingshead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sloppy combo of platform puzzles and micro-games.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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To change Wario's costume, players draw symbols on the DS touch screen with the stylus. Unfortunately, the game frequently has trouble recognizing these check marks, circles, and squares, and either nothing happens or the wrong costume appears. This can be problematic during a boss battle.

Gameplay consists of two separate themes: platform puzzles and micro-games. Combining these two play patterns is a good idea in theory, but the implementation is a flop. While the platform puzzles are well designed, there are too many in each level without adequate save points, resulting in players having to replay levels repeatedly. Combine this with the boring micro-games, along with the repeated dialogue interruptions, and the result is a fractured mess.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 6, 2007
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for crude humor and mild cartoon violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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