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The game's efficient and enjoyable socialization system, which has players interacting with several princes in an attempt to win their affection, is slightly marred by the fact that the heroine is flirting with and stringing along so many boys at once.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Minor but frequent flirtation between the lead girl and several boys.
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Fashion plays a minor role. Players don't purchase new outfits or accessories, but they are provided as rewards as they become better dancers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Princess Debut is geared for young girls. Its pleasant story focuses on an everyday teenager who is magically transported to an alternate world in which she takes on the role of a princess who learns how to dance and courts several young princes. It's completely without violence or profanity, though some might think the game's heroine is a little too obsessed with dating and finding the perfect prince.
Is It Any Good?
The dancing that occurs between conversational interludes is easy to learn but challenging to master. Players drag the stylus along the DS' lower screen in specific shapes and patterns -- including arcs, loops, and zigzags -- to make their dancers successfully complete various series of steps. As the player's dancing skill grows, she will be rewarded with a variety of accessories each of which has the power to completely change her outfit. Clothing ranges from conservative 18th-century gowns to fun costumes, like a witch's outfit.
The story mode takes only four or five hours to finish, but there are extra modes that help increase the game's longevity, like Ballroom mode, which allows players to essentially skip straight to the challenges of the big ball at the end of the story mode and provides access to extra unlockables in the form of new dances and outfits. Another extra called Movie mode lets players rest their styluses and simply watch the game's beautiful dances while studying blueprints of the real-life steps required of each. Most girls should be able to get at least 10 hours of fun out of the game, all told.
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