Tuesday, 25 September 2012 18:20

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Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana are all characters that have captured the hearts of young Disney movie fans. They might be the love interest of a dashing hero, or could be the leading woman herself in one Disney's animated hits. In "Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure," players will get to enter the enchanting worlds of their favorite Princess and use a magic wand to help undo a spell that's been cast over the kingdoms. The game should appeal to fans almost any ages, as they play as an apprentice to the Fairy Godmother and explore all of the Princess worlds. They'll be able to interact with familiar characters, such as Lumiere, Pascal, Flounder, Gus and other fan favorites who will help guide them through missions and progress though the game.

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One of the interesting aspects of the game is customizing your avatar and room in the Fairy Godmother’s Castle which you can do so by utilizing gems. The gems are earned throughout the game and are later traded for items in the “Wishing Well” store. A wide range of items such as outfits, accessories and tiaras can be purchased to dress up your avatar. This results in having the ability to create hundreds of different combinations. There are even special items such as floor patterns, wallpaper and furniture that can be used to personalize and build out each player’s room in the Castle.

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In the actual gameplay, you work as an apprentice to help the Fairy Godmother break a spell that has been cast over each of the Princesses enchanted worlds. You provide this help by using a magic wand to break the spell. During your journey, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Belle, Tiana, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Ariel in each of their own worlds. These various worlds include amazing locations like the Beast's castle and Rapunzel's tower to name a few of our favorites. You'll also run into some of your favorite characters such as Lumiere, Pascal and Flounder in each of the areas. The game is not too difficult to play, which should make it enjoyable to even little ones and they'll have some extra fun with the included mini games. The cartoon style graphics (see the trailer below) and sound effects are about what you would expect, with neither being out of place for a title that was designed with young children in mind.

The game is available on the Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC / Mac on September 25, 2012. The Wii is a great platform for such a title, and while we didn't take the 3DS version for a spin, we're sure that a portable version should play rather nicely. It was great to see a PC and Mac version of this game, as it appears they are forgotten with so many current titles. We'd recommend this game and believe it should provide several hours of fun and entertainment for the younger girls in any family.

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Press Release

 

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DISNEY FANS EMBARK ON A ROYAL JOURNEY AS DISNEY INTERACTIVE SHIPS “DISNEY PRINCESS: MY FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE” FOR Wii, NINTENDO 3DS AND WINDOWS PC/MAC

 

Players Immerse Into An All-New Adventure and Explore the Enchanted Kingdoms of Classic Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana

 

BURBANK, Calif. – September 25, 2012 – Disney Interactive today announced the launch of “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and Windows PC/Mac.  “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” is an all-new interactive journey from the massively successful Disney Princess franchise that immerses players into the enchanted worlds of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana, and gives them the power to save their favorite Princesses by wielding a magic wand.

 

“We’re excited to announce the launch of ‘Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure’ as the newest addition to the Disney Interactive video game family,” said Javier Ferreira, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive. “Fans have told us time and time again that the iconic Disney Princesses are some of their most beloved characters. With the launch of this title, through captivating gameplay, we’ll bring Disney fans the sense of wonder surrounding the Disney Princesses.”

 

In “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” players will take on the role of an apprentice to the Fairy Godmother and will accidentally set off a series of events that cause friendly Sprites to transform into mischievous Imps.  The chaotic Imps make their way into the worlds of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana, and players must pursue the Imps into each Princess kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm.  With the use of their magic wand, they’ll need to turn the Imps back into their original Sprite form, and return them to their rightful home in the Magical Kingdom.

 

Each of the Princess worlds will allow players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters such as Lumiere, Pascal, Flounder, Gus and other fan favorites who will help guide them through missions and progress though the game.  Quests and mini-games, including platforming, hide and seek, and puzzles, are designed to test the skills of the youngest players and challenge older players.

Players can also customize their avatar and room in the Fairy Godmother’s Castle, utilizing gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store. Outfits, accessories and tiaras can be purchased to dress up avatars, creating hundreds of different combinations. Special items like floor patterns, wallpaper and furniture can be used to personalize and build out each player’s room in the Castle.

 

Rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB, “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure is now available for the Wii™ console and Nintendo 3DS™ for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and for the Windows PC/Mac for a suggested retail price of $29.99.  Please visit www.Disney.com/PrincessVideoGames.com for more information.

 

About Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive, one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms.  Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media.  Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid’s entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:35
 
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:17

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Finding Nemo, one of Disney/Pixar's Academy Award winning films, is back, and better than ever! With the release of Finding Nemo 3D, they also released Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Special Edition. This new title is an updated version of Escape to the Big Blue, with better graphics and gameplay. It's an excellent fit for fans of the movie, and the story is well incorporated.

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As you play through the more than 30 mini-games, you earn shells that are used to buy your favorite Finding Nemo characters from the film. They can be added to your Interactive Reef. There are also exciting new Finding Nemo 3D film clips available on the Nintendo 3DS! You can also buy objects and backgrounds for your Ocean or Aquarium. Through the first time playing the game, you follow Baggy Mode, which is this game's version of a story mode. As you progress in the story, there are more items to unlock and buy. Once you have played through the game in story mode, you can also go back and play mini-games in Score Attack mode. In this mode, you try to get your highest scores, while getting shells of course.

Even though the game is geared more toward a younger generation, it's a great game for all ages and Finding Nemo fans alike.

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Game Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Genre: Puzzle

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Target Audience: Kids 6-12, Finding Nemo fans

ESRB: 'E' for Everyone

Players: Single Player

Game Platforms: Nintendo DS & Nintendo 3DS


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 19:14
 
Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:12

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"Brave: The Video Game" is a third-person action-adventure that expands the tale beyond the movie's storyline and invites players to run, jump and battle their way through the rugged landscape of mythical and mysterious Scotland. Pixar's latest film is set to debut in theaters on Friday, June 22, and the video game is already available for purchase on your console of choice. 

"Brave: The Video Game" follows the adventures of princess Merida, the rebellious Scottish princess who is the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, who is desperate to avoid getting married. The game puts you in the shoes of Merida and begins when Merida asks a local witch to cast a spell in order to "change her fate." I won't say exactly what happens with the spell, but as you might guess, it doesn't go as planned, and you are tasked trying to reverse the damage. I will say that the game's plot seems to be inspired by the film, but it does not mirror the big screen. The overall story is very well done and flows nicely from level to level. The voice acting and music are both superb and easily stand out as my favorite aspects of the game.

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The visuals capture the look and feel of the movie and are what you would expect to see in the game. There are eight immersive levels in the story which each take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete, and as you travel through the Scottish countryside, you’ll uncover a variety of weapons such as bows, arrows, and different clothing for Merida. The game doesn't have great replayabilty, but going back through the levels to find items you miss is certainly somthing that proved enjoyable.

Your weapons have special elemental powers such as earth, fire, ice and wind, and when applied correctly, can really take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses. As you encounter an enemy, they will have their weakness displayed with a charm icon above their head. You can take advantage of this and use the corresponding elemental power (an example is the tree enemy that is very weak against fire). The controls of the game are very smooth and extremely easy to master. It's something that makes the game so easy to pick up and just play. There is a basic upgrade system in the game that uses coins you collect in the various levels, and with these coins, you can purchase better moves. 

Dis411 "Brave: The Video Game" Review Score (Maximum 5)

Graphics & Sound 4.5

Storyline 4.5

Fun Factor 4.5

Replay Value 3.5

Overall 4.5

"Brave: The Video Game" is excellent and is much better than I had anticipated it being. It is well-suited for families with children and casual gamers, and is amazingly balanced in terms of difficulty. It is, without a doubt, the best licensed game that I have played in some time. You should definitely check this game out, and if you hurry to stores now, you might see a free "Brave" movie ticket on the outside of the container as an added bonus.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:30
 
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:09

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What do you get when you combine the Xbox Kinect with the "Happiest Place on Earth" and Kinectimals developer Frontier? You probably guessed a fantastic family game, and you'd be right. I had wondered, up until time to start playing the game, if Disneyland Adventures would be a fictional version of Disneyland theme park or a simulation of the park. It didn't take long to find out that the answer to this question as you are allowed to explore the huge gaming area, which I'm happy to say, is an accurate simulation of the park. Before we move on to the visuals, you begin the game by creating a child avatar which represents you in the game. To me, this is the only oversight in the entire game as it would have been nice to have had additional options for customizing your character. That being said, it's a very small issue. 

 

 

The park is beautifully detailed with all of your favorite Disneyland rides, shops and even Disney characters that will pose for pictures with you. The Disney rides are very well done and often are minigames that you can play as you make your way through the park. The movement with the Kinect is very easy as you can simply point at your screen to to begin moving and move your arm to the left or right to change direction. You can wave to interact with characters, but keep in mind that a slow adult wave won't get the attention that a quick and frantic child-like wave will. It's an interesting method of getting around and one that is easy to master. Another very nice feature, for when your arm gets tired, is the ability to skip around the park to various areas. Instead of walking from Frontierland to Tomorrowland (which you should do a few times just to enjoy the environment), you can use your map, which displays all of the Disney characters and ride locations, to be transported to any location you choose.

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As I mentioned, walking around the park a few times just to enjoy the atmosphere and take a few pictures is a must. This includes visiting all of your favorite Disneyland attractions such as The Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, the Teacups and Space Mountain. In all, you can experience up to 20 attractions. When you get on an attraction, you will be playing a minigame. I won't give too many details on the minigames as I'll leave it for you to discover, but I will mention that our favorites are the Matterhorn and Big Thunder Mountain. The minigames are just a small part of the game. You can get missions from any of the 40 Disney characters that will take you hours and hours to complete.

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Along with the minor miss with the character design that I mentioned above, the movements in the minigames are the only other item I can find fault with. It's not that the movements are terrible, they are just difficult and can get a bit frustrating at times. As with all reviews, it's important to determine if you should spend your time and money on Kinect: Disneyland Adventures. After spending countless hours with my family, and still having things to complete, I'd say it's a definite yes.

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Disneyland: Kinect Adventures Review in a Glance

Disneyland: Kinect Adventures is one of the best games we've ever played for the Kinect. Definitely Recommended. 4.5 / 5

Release Info:

Released November, 2011

Platforms: XBOX 360

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Developer: Frontier Developments, Ltd.

Rating: E10+ Mild Cartoon Violence

Price: $49.99 USD


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 09:40
 
Monday, 07 November 2011 17:29

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THQ has been putting together an impressive lineup of children's games for this Holiday season, and Puss In Boots is another in the line of quality titles. If you've seen movies or played games from the ever-popular Shrek series, you already know something about the character Puss in Boots' and about the movie spin-off that just hit theaters (a review on it will be coming tomorrow). However, in case you are not familiar with the Shrek movies, here is a brief introduction:

Become the swashbuckling cat with the sharp sword and even sharper wits in this game set in the fairy tale universe of Shrek! Based on the Puss in Boots movie, this slick adventure begins in Puss in Boots’ hometown and takes you up the beanstalk to the Giant’s castle in the sky, and beyond. Learn swordplay as you duel banditos and fight with unmistakable Puss in Boots style. Outsmart enemies with clever tricks and use quick reflexes to perform cool moves in battle. Just don’t get too caught up in being a hero -- be sure to save some time to sing for the senoritas you meet on your journey.

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Puss In Boots Game Overview

When reviewing games for kids, it's important to try to see the gameplay through their eyes. You need to look at everything you do in other games such as graphics, music and controls to name a few, but you always need to remember the target audience. Thankfully, my 13 year old is still young enough to enjoy helping out in this area so we usually work on these reviews together. In the case of Puss In Boots, it's rated E10, but I'm sure anyone between the ages of 5 - 15 will be a likely candidate to play and enjoy this game. I'm sure some adult fans might even enjoy it for awhile, but make no mistake that it is a title that plays well for children, and that's quite an accomplishment in its own when you consider the relatively wide range of ages and the differences between them.

Gameplay

Puss In Boots is a Kinect game, and if you have played any games on the system, you'll understand how frustrating it can be sometimes to do simple tasks. I love the concept of Kinect, it's just that the implementation to this point leaves a little to be desired. Thankfully, this title might have the best Kinect controls we have tried to date. You have a mixture of movments to keep you busy including our favorite, sword play. The sword fighting, by itself, might actually be the single most enjoyable aspect of any of the games we have played for Kinect. You can also control Puss In Boots' by sneaking, posing, jumping and even balancing. It's worth repeating that everything about the controls, from balancing to sword playing, are so precise. Simply put, it's the way a Kinect game should be created.

There are 4 options for gameplay including Adventure, Challenges, Options and Extras. The games menu is simple and uses a "hover and lock system", but you get a nice paw to move around. The adventure mode is a story mode. When you jump in to the Adventure mode, you will immediately notice that Puss is really detailed as the main character, and the game environment is well done too. You enter the game and get started in the action immediately. Without ruining too much of the story, the first level begins with a bar fight with swords. You use gestures to draw your sword, but don't worry, the game explains all of this as you go along. You can swing the sword left, right, up, down and even diagonally. There are also 3 special moves including a Kick, Claws and Guitar. The names are descriptive enough to give you an idea of what they are.

Besides the fighting, there are other things you need to do where you are required to jump to different ledges, climbing, balancing your way across a rope bridge, and dodging things by moving left and right and even “Serenade” cats with an air guitar. It's actually quite funny. These movements are where those Kinect controls really shine. For example, sneaking your way through an area by walking in place when the game instructs you to "Sneak" on the screen. There are many other movments such as hiding behind objects, but we'll leave some of the specifics for you to discover. 

The last type of gameplay that is introduced is a “leaning” game. With leaning, you are in different situations, the first has you in a suitcase chained to a stage-coach. By leaning left and right, you slide around left and right in the suitcase. Later on, it gets a little better as you ride a leaf like a skate/surf/snow board and you are able to lean forward and backward to go faster or slow down. Leaning is super accurate as well, even better than the Skiing in Kinect Sports Season 2. The only issue with Adventure mode is that it's relatively short -- there’s only 9 levels. But again, when you consider it's a children's game, that's probably more than enough to keep them happy. The Challenge area of the game offers five mini-games for 1-2 players that you can unlock by playing the Adventure mode.

Puss In Boots Review in a Glance

Overall, Puss In Boots is a good game, the motion controls are top-notch, the graphics are done well and it's a game kids will enjoy. Definitely Recommended. 3.5 / 5

Release Info:  

Released 25th of October, 2011

Platforms: XBOX 360
Genre: Fighting, Movie game
ESRB: Everyone 10+ (E10)
Creator(s): THQ


Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2011 19:28
 

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