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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
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.
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.
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