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Princess Debut

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun, charming dancing game targeted at girls.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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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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