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Mouse & Crane (2024) is a cooperative puzzle game about three unlikely friends who live in a harbour and fix machines. You collect junk materials and use them to make useful tools, then control Crane and Electryna to help Mouse by completing challenges. It stands out for its handmade storybook feel and how it accommodates really young players with help from adults.

Three anthropomorphic animals, Mouse, Crane and Electryna, live in the harbour. They use old materials to repair and build machines and equipment needed to fix the spaceship that will take Mouse back home to outer space.

There is progression through the game, but because it's designed for younger players it's also designed to be fun to just muck around in. There's creative problem-solving and cooperation with a focus on upcycling, recycling, and construction.

The result is a game that depicts the beauty of friendship and the power of using your imagination to build things and solve problems. As well as the problem solving you can build new things with everyday tools such as screwdrivers and glue guns.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Mouse & Crane 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Creative game with Narrative and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Play is two-player co-operative on Switch but only Solo on mobile.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. On mobile there are 4 episodes, on Switch there are 7 episodes. So the game takes around 1 hour to complete on Mobile, or 2 hours for the Switch.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With short gameplay stages that enable trial and error, the game will be suitable for different skill and experience levels. Even very young children can enjoy playing Crane as they help Mouse find epic tools and use them to repair and create new objects from recycled material. A parent (or older sibling) and child play can team up to play Crane and Electryna, who help Mouse find the right tools to build a spacecraft, bringing fun moments of collaboration and intergenerational play for both players.

CostsCosts

Mouse & Crane usually costs £2.99 to £13.49.
 

Mouse & Crane

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Android Store Android £3.59
App Store iOS £2.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/06/2024

Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Creative (Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 34 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Developer: Trine Laier (@TrineLaier)


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