A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are mostly very positive messages in this story, inlcuding ones about generosity, responsibility, and forgiveness. Early in the game, though, Vicky, the protagonist dupes some police officers to help a woman she's never met before escape. After this little run-in with the authorities, though, Vicky's behavior is generally ideal.
Positive Role Models
With the exception of her pranking some cops in an early scene, Vicky is a remarkably positive role model. She's overtly good-hearted in almost everything she does. She helps out poor people without expecting payment from them. She doesn't hesitate to come to the aid of rich girls who were bullying her only moments before. She doesn't want to be frivolous in her use of magic; she seeks out positive ways to use her spells.
Ease of Play
Casting spells requires you to draw designs and symbols on the touchscreen. It's never too difficult. Sometimes the real challenge is in guessing which spell to use for a certain occasion.
Violence & Scariness
Though magic is mostly used to help people in the game, young witches can also have magic duels, using spells upon each other that are based on the elements of earth, wind, fire, thunder, and water. Most of those spells involve the recipient being hit with water or wind. Even the fire spells don't seem to actually hurt anyone, just make them jump in the air a bit and fall down. The losers of the duels run off.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is one mention of alcohol when the protagonist sees a wine barrel and states that she is too young to drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Witch's Wish is, like Harry Potter, about a young child who wants to go to magic school and learn how to use magic spells. Vicky, the wannabe witch, uses her magic in mostly positive ways, to help others. She learns a lot about responsibility over the course of the story (even though, she seemed pretty responsible to begin with). There are magic duels between witches, but the damage done to characters in those duels is very slight. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Witch's Wish.
Is It Any Good?
Witch's Wish is a heavily story-based game that moves at a relatively slow pace. This might turn off kids who are too used to constant action in a video game. But for kids who are keen on games with engrossing narratives, Wtich's Wish can prove quite rewarding. There are sections, especially earlier in the game, when you will spend minutes at a time just watching the story, waiting for your chance to interact, but when you do, it's pretty fun. Using the touchscreen to choose and cast spells works very well, and there's no penalty for choosing incorrectly -- you just try again with a different spell. Witch's Wish will not cast its spell on everyone, but its the type of different and original game that could prove to be a favorite for the right kind of kid.
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