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April 24, 2012

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey and Disney Princess uDraw: Enchanted Storybooks

Developed by: THQ (Disney Princess uDraw: Enchanted Storybooks), Disney Interactive (Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey)

System: Wii, PlayStation 2

It's National Princess Week! As declared by Dame Julie Andrews and Disney, this is the week in which girls celebrate all things princess, from being kind towards others to finding the perfect dress to wear to the ball. When I read the news about National Princess Week, I realized that I had yet to cover a Disney Princess game for Gamer Tuesday! Sure, I had written about games featuring some of the princesses like Pocahontas for the Sega Genesis and Aladdin for the Super Nintendo, but not one based around the Disney Princess franchise. I decided to both correct this and celebrate National Princesses Week by highlighting not one but two Disney Princess games: Enchanted Journey for the PlayStation 2 and Wii, and Disney Princess uDraw: Enchanted Storybooks for the Wii and uDraw game tablet.

Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey was released for the Wii and PlayStation 2 systems in 2007. It tells the story of a young girl that discovers a magical abandoned castle. She is then joined by a pixie named Pixie, and tells her that in order to restore the castle back to its original beauty and discover who the original owner was she must travel through different worlds in order to confront the game's villain and set everything right once and for all.

If you have been keeping up with my year long Kingdom Hearts retrospective, you might recall that in one entry I mentioned that one of the rumored proposed ideas for the Disney and Square Enix project was a game in which players took on the role of the Disney Princes as they traveled through their realms and rescued a Disney Princess at the end of the level. I bring this up because if Square Enix had continued with that idea, it is possible that Kingdom Hearts would have been similar to Enchanted Journey. The title's concept is one seemingly inspired by the Kingdom Hearts series, but rather than being created towards a role playing game audience, this game was designed for the young princesses in mind.

When the game is loaded for the first time, players can create their own character. And customize her looks. The mission objectives are fairly simple: go to each Disney Princess world, complete the missions, and interact with the denizens of that realm. There are five worlds to visit: Snow White's, Cinderella's, Ariel's, Belle's, and Jasmine's. The princesses have been voiced by their original voice actors (or modern day equivalent in the case of Snow White and Cinderella), and each locale has been rendered to greatly resembled the worlds seen in the animated feature films.

As previously mentioned, Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey is a game designed for a very young gaming audience. Older players will find the game to be too simplistic for their skills, but it is quite the great game for young gamers and their parents to join in. If all a girl player wants is to visit a Disney Princess world, Enchanted Journey will successfully meet that desire.

If you rather create works of art and paint rather than go on an adventure, though, then Disney has you covered. Disney Princess: Enchanted Storybooks was released in November of 2011 for the Wii. What makes this game unique in the Disney Princess video game line up is the usage of THQ's gaming tablet, the uDraw. The tablet was first released in 2010, originally a Wii exclusive. By 2011, the uDraw game tablet was available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, featuring a handful of titles ranging from creativity studios to action titles.

Enchanted Storybooks takes players to the worlds of the Disney Princesses. Each world is presented as a storybook waiting to be explored. Each book features a different Disney Princess: Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and the newest members of the royal family, Tiana and Rapunzel. The idea is to restore color to the Disney Princess worlds by completing various activities in each storybook. Activities range from connecting the dots to placing stickers around the page. There are over 100 coloring pages to collect. All of these activities are controlled via the game tablet. The touch pad is used to move the on-screen cursor around like a pencil or a paintbrush. Disney Princess: Enchanted Storybooks is available as both a standard game release or bundled with the game tablet.

There are many more video games based on the Disney Princesses, but these two games stand out as some of the most creative in the lineup. Whether you are exploring brand new worlds or just coloring beautiful scenery, these Disney Princess games will make great activities during National Princess Week. This gaming Disney Prince guarantees it.


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