Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Windows
- Subjects: Hobbies: fashion, gardening
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- 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
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