Created by author/artist Dick Bruna, Miffy is a little rabbit who starred in a series of picture books. Starting in 1955, the popular children’s books have sold over 85 million copies over the world. Now PAN Vision have created a WiiWare game for kids to enjoy.
Like the books, Miffy’s World is aimed at children, mainly girls, between 3 and 5. It has the same bright, clean art style of the books. It’s a bit basic but importantly everything is crisp, clear and easy to spot. There is very little text so it’s good that kids can understand the pictures well. A kind female voice narrates the story and tells the kid what to look for next. Apart from a few pieces of background music and some rough animal noises, there isn’t much else in terms of sound.
Miffy’s World is a point & click adventure game. You point at the screen with the Wii Remote and press A to interact with characters and objects. You can move Miffy around the levels with the D-pad and B brings up the inventory. The 1 button is used to bring up a little guide in case the kids get stuck. This is all explained by the nice narrator lady at the start of the game. There is also a two-player mode where the second player can aid player one by placing marker stars on the screen.
Quests in Miffy’s World are a simply affair, and most are taken straight from the books. The first quest you’ll come across is taken from Auntie Alice’s Party, where Miffy has to deliver cards to her friends, find ingredients for her cake and enjoy the party. The quests are short, simple and easy to follow. There are a total of six quests in four areas: Miffy’s house and surrounding area, the zoo, the seaside and in the snow. Oddly, the map also shows a forest which isn’t selectable.
At most steps of the quest, clicking on the correct object will trigger a little puzzle. The are a few types including a jigsaw puzzle, pairs, spot the difference, colouring in and putting objects in their correct places. These are simple enough for kids to do, and will keep them entertained. There are also many other puzzles hidden throughout the level – clicking on any object with a jigsaw icon will trigger a puzzle. If you want to take a break from walking you can head to the school to try out lots of puzzles.
And that’s all there is to Miffy’s World. It is entertaining enough to keep children between the ages of 3 and 5 for a few hours. With a price point of 1,000 Nintendo Points it’s hard to recommend, but it’s clear that this has been made with more care and effort than retail games such as Pepper Pig.
– Simple to play
– Lovely, clean graphics
– Great for young kids
– Very short
– High Price
While it seems that effort has gone into making this easy and enjoyable for kids, the price is too high for this kind of game.