Wizards of Waverly Place

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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TV's magical tweens star in adventure with logic puzzles.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

Based on the Wizards of Waverly Place Disney franchise. This game is a way of extending the brand.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written bybeagle33 December 12, 2009

it is for any age

i love it. i played the whole game. it is a little hard though.
Kid, 9 years old February 9, 2021


Kid, 12 years old October 15, 2013


this is such a funny show!!!!! Alex is mischevious but she definently does the right thing at the end. There is no cussing unless you cout 'oh my goodness... Continue reading

What's it about?

Based on the Disney TV show of the same name, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE is a Nintendo DS adventure game that follows the story of three siblings (Alex, Max, and Justin Russo) who also happen to be wizards-in-training. Players alternate between controlling all three Russo kids as they try to balance their "normal" lives attending TriBeca Prep and working at the family's sandwich shop in Waverly Place with honing their magic skills in secret at the WizTech magic school. When people randomly start being frozen by some kind of strange magic, the siblings must get to the bottom of the mystery.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to lead a double life. Why was it important for the kids to keep their magic skills a secret?

  • Which school do you think it would be more fun to attend? TriBeca Prep or the WizTech school of magic?

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love magic

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