Fairyland: Melody Magic

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Adorable but short musical adventure for the youngest kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's a rare video game in which the heroes convince the evildoer to change her ways, rather than simply duking it out with her. This game is all about the magic of music, the beauty of nature, and the power of diplomacy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The fairies are friendly, music-loving girls, who choose pacifistic methods for saving their kingdom. Their only flaw might be that they get too excited over pretty dresses.

Ease of Play

The game really could not be easier. Preschoolers should have no trouble with it. The chunky "magic wand" stylus that comes packaged with the game even makes it easier for little hands to operate. There are singing sections, which ask the child to repeat a line he or she hears a fairy sing, but singing on key is not necessary.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adorable, very easy game will likely be deemed to simplistic for anyone over six. Preschoolers and kindergarteners, though, will appreciate how skilled the game will make them feel. It's also important to take note, though, that the game is short and if your kids aren't interested in replaying the adventure, it won't have a long shelf-life in your household. Also, be aware that the game frequently asks children to sing -- and important factor to keep in mind if your kids are playing the game in public.

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What's it about?

In FAIRYLAND: MELODY MAGIC, a wicked witch who hates music casts a spell on the kingdom of the Fairy of Music. The fairies call upon a helpful princess to join them in convincing the witch that music if good and that she should break her curse. Gameplay involves rhythmic tapping with a special magic wand stylus (included) and singing into the DS microphone.

Is it any good?

Fairyland: Melody Magic is incredibly sweet and has some very cute animation. There's not a whole lot to the game, but what there is should delight preschoolers who long to play "big kid" games on an older sibling's DS. The brevity of the adventure is the game's main flaw, so in order to feel like you're getting your money's worth, choose this game for children who like to replay games. That may not be a problem, though, as we are talking about preschoolers -- the same people who are not only willing, but eager to watch the same Dora the Explorer DVD thirty times in a row.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of music. Why is it so important to the fairies to keep music alive in their kingdom?

  • They can also discuss the benefits of taking diplomatic routes when dealing with a problem? Ask children if the fairies should have fought the witch in order to break her evil spell? Why was trying to change her mind about music a better solution?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for no descriptors

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