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This is the 2nd installment in the Disney Princess game series. We own both and the first game has been played more times than I want to remember.
The same as the first game: Easy game play- I have seen kids as young as 4 figure out the game play. There is an easy path of gems to follow so you never get lost. The motions that you need to make to cast spells are very simple to make as well. Design your character- The lead character can still change her look to suit the player. Disney Princesses- still appear in the game and you can interact, on a limited basis, with them. Long term attraction-Boring for adults or older children (bought for my 6 year old and it is holding her attention just fine, so far, but I wonder for how long?) The music- exactly the same. I would have been okay with a change. VERY okay with it in fact.
New and better than the first game: Customize: There are a few more things you can customize including "your room." Gems: There is now actually something you can do with all the gems you collect. Much better than before when they were just "there" with no purpose but to guide your way. Gems can be used to purchase new customize items for your character (different dresses, etc.) Princesses: Includes Rapunzel & Tiana
New and worse: Customization of your character: for some reason the display seems more "hazy" and has less detail when the character is roaming around- like they are "Washed out." 2nd player: Cannot be customized!*
Biggest and most noteworthy: *This is really only a 1 player game. As someone who has played the 1st game- the secondary character can do most of the actions in the game. In fact, when my daughter was younger, I did all the riddle and puzzle solving from the 2nd player except when we took turns- and then I sometimes had to take her controller and help. In the new game- there are many things you cannot do right from the start. For example: you are asked to pick up a watering can and water a plant- only the main character can pick up the watering can. The secondary character just roams behind and casts spells.
Good and bad? This game IS a little more complicated than the 1st game so it presents just a little more challenge. The secondary character doesn't have to DO anything most of the time. So, if like me, your daughter wants you to play and you'd rather sit next to her reading a book- the game will drag your character along behind the first character when you stop paying attention.
If, however, a 2nd person actually wants to play this game, they will be bored and frustrated beyond belief.
Overall: A good by for girls who love all things disney and princess Good for a child who finds other video games too complicated - loses interest or gets frustrated because they are too hard NOT for a child who finds most video games easy to play, they WILL get bored. NOT for two children to play together Takes a couple hours to complete all game play.
As an aside, I pre-bought this based on the original description of the game. That description said you actually got to play AS A PRINCESS. I was very disappointed that this was not the case. However, as this was a Christmas gift and my daughter had no idea it was even out - she had no reason to be disappointed. I really wish they would come out with a better disney princess game. Until then, this is the best we've got.
My six year old daughter absolutely loves this game and thankfully she has continued to play it(which is the only reason I am being generous enough to give it four stars). As cute as this game is her mother and I both feel that this game is way shorter than any game should ever be. Maybe I made the mistake of not looking at play time before I ordered it but she had this entire game beat in 3 and a half hours of play time. So as I said this game is cute, thankfully she has continued to play it and enjoys it which I guess is the most important part, but don't be alarmed at how fast your child will have this game beat. Each character has 1 or 2 chapters depending on character.
She's 5, she plays it over and over again and is so thrilled with her success, this is her first experience with video games, it took her maybe three times playing to complete it, but you can still do plenty of things in the completed game or start a new game, she does both. I was a little let down for her because Tiana, the frog princess is the last level she was so excited to open that level and when she finally did it was just one little task she completed in about five minutes and nothing else to do on that (the final) level, so shame on you Disney or Nintendo or whoever designed this game, it seems like it was a last minute add-on , it feels a little like bait and switch to me. But that being said, my daughter, a complete novice, was able to figure out how to move the characters around and do the task without much difficulty, the game seems to be pretty user friendly.
My 5 year old loves this game. There's so much to do aside from the main quest line. He likes the gardening and collecting the clothes. He also likes to dress up the character to look like the princess he is questing for. The controls are simple enough for a kid and I also love that the dialogue is spoken and no reading is required. I can put this on and do a quick chore without having to pause every second with "What does that say?". He plays Twilight Princess as well and I can never get anything done when he plays that. Not with this game. The dialogues, the instructions, everything is spoken.
I can even join and play with him which he loves doing. Five stars all around!!!
We got it for Christmas & my 4 year old daughter loves it! We play the game together because the nunchuk is also required to play (for moving the character). She uses the nunchuk to move the character and I hit the A or B button, or shake the controller at the appropriate times. In 3 weeks we've finished the game 5 times now and I predict we'll finish it at least a dozen more times. It's a fun activity for the two of us to do together. She enjoys solving the various puzzles -- which aren't too challenging. The main character is customizable and could be accessorized with different dresses, jewelry, etc... I would definitely recommend this to parents of a young girl who's into the Disney princesses.