A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While the Russo siblings occasionally cause mischief with their magic (sometimes intentionally, and sometimes as the result of a spell backfiring), they strive to help their parents and teachers.
Positive Role Models
Alex is slightly preoccupied with a boy (Dean), and fashion, and sometimes tries to get out of doing chores. But overall she's helpful and proves to be a good friend.
Ease of Play
This game is easy to play using the DS stylus and offers a variety of things to do.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Alex has an innocent crush on Dean, a student at TriBeca Prep.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the Wizards of Waverly Place Disney franchise. This game is a way of extending the brand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wizards of Waverly Place is an adventure game that emphasizes puzzle-solving and interacting with other characters rather than combat. Spells occasionally backfire, resulting in broken science experiments or people being temporarily frozen (hence the "Comic Mischief" disclaimer), but the tone is cheeky rather than mean-spirited. Alex is somewhat preoccupied with her crush, Dean, but it's innocent. One of the mini-games asks trivia questions about the TV show, which might trip up players unfamiliar with Waverly "lore." The game also supports Disney's DGamer online features that let players unlock costumes and achievements.
Is It Any Good?
Players will spend most of their time figuring out which items or spells are needed to solve puzzles – for example, the guys can't play dodge ball until they've found the coach's missing whistle, which another student dropped in the park. Players can use a variety of magic spells to manipulate objects in the environment – including "move," "levitate," and "freeze," – by tracing the correct pattern with the stylus. There are a variety of mini-games too, such as making sandwiches, hitting targets with a catapult, and popping bubbles to mix potions. Older, more experienced gamers might find the "fetch quest" aspect of the gameplay a bit transparent, but Wizards of Waverly Place is a solid game with plenty of different things to do, none of which are overly difficult or frustrating. For its target audience, namely the same 'tweens that watch the TV show, the game shouldn't disappoint.
Online interaction: This game can connect to D-Gamer, a place for kids to interact with others, as well as unlock costumes and achievements found in the game.
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