Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure

Common Sense Media says

Great first video game adventure for young princess lovers.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is about exploring cute worlds, meeting new friends, solving problems, and training to do a good job. 

Positive role models

The player's character, a fairy godmother apprentice, has the noble objective of helping others in need. She spends her time doing such things as relighting extinguished candles, running errands, and reuniting friends. She sometimes causes her own problems, as when she accidentally turns sprites to imps, but she never resorts to violence to solve them. 

Ease of play

Kids use traditional controls to move around the game world, then switch to motion controls (or the touch screen on the 3DS) for specific activities. Everything is quite intuitive, the challenges are pretty simple, and kids can never completely fail, though they'll sometimes need to restart activities.  

Violence & scariness

Players cast magic toward mischievous imps, but instead of hurting them they simply turn back into their true form: happy little sprites.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game features princesses and other characters from several popular Disney movies, from Cinderella to Tangled.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure is a non-violent adventure game in which kids take on the role of a customizable fairy godmother-in-training. Its simple themes of friendship and doing your duty are safe for kids, and its intuitive controls and elementary activities are suitable for kids as young as four or five years old. The only potential concern is that the game features plenty of commercial Disney characters and goes a little heavy on princessy glamor.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

These simple princess stories will likely keep young children highly engaged as they work their way through plenty of fun little activities. Characters are familiar, and their problems easily understandable.

Learning Approach

Simple puzzle forces kids to use logic to come up with the right solutions. Kids can also explore their creative sides as they tinker with the look of their avatars throughout the game.

Support

Standard in-game tutorials should provide sufficient direction. No external supports are available.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn about puzzles and friendship in this action/adventure game for youngsters. Its story concerns a girl who has made a mistake -- she used magic to turn garden sprites into meddlesome imps -- and how she strives to remedy the situation by helping the people her mistake has affected. Kids will encounter a variety of simple puzzles along the way that force them to use logic to come with the right solutions. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure delivers a lot of sparkly fun, but it also asks young girls to use their mind.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

Players take on the role of a fairy godmother apprentice in DISNEY PRINCESS: MY FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE, a simple adventure game for young girls. After customizing the clothing and appearance of their avatars, kids head out to meet a quintet of famous Disney personalities -- including Rapunzel, Tiana, Belle, Cinderella, and Ariel -- who need their help. The help is needed, in part, because the game's hero accidentally turned a group of happy garden sprites into trouble-making imps with miscast spell. Girls work to turn the imps back into sprites through a combination of \"twirl magic\" and sparkly conjurations from their wands. Along the way they'll solve some simple puzzles, collect hundreds of gems that they can use to buy furniture and clothing, and tend to a pretty little garden that needs frequent attention.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you don't mind your young daughter indulging her princess fantasies, Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure delivers simple stories that will likely keep them highly engaged as they work their way through plenty of fun little activities. The characters are familiar and well-voiced, their problems are easily understandable, and the simplicity of puzzles and challenges means they never become off-putting.

Plus, kids can explore their creative sides as they tinker with the look of their avatar throughout the game, as well as developing and improving their homes and gardens. The simple gem collection and item purchasing system provides motivation for girls to go back and work through areas they've already been through so they can buy the things they want. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure is a fine introduction to action/adventure-style games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing games geared to girls. What makes them girl-centric?

  • Families can talk about princesses. Can you think of any real-world princesses? Do you think their lives are like those depicted in games, movies, and books?

  • Families can also discuss the importance of friendship. Have you ever helped a friend in need? Has a friend helped you? How did you feel afterward?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac
Price:$39.99 (Wii & 3DS), $29.99 (Win/Mac)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:September 18, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies
ESRB rating:E for No Descriptors (Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Windows)

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