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Taking a trip down memory lane to some of Disney’s earlier movie properties brought to a new medium can be a strange adventure—and Disney Princess for the Gameboy Advance is one of the most interesting among them. Not necessarily because it’s an incredible game, but because of the number of characters implemented to make an interactive outlet for their original stories. With that in mind, Disney Princess is a side scrolling, 2D platformer inspired by other movie tie-in games of the time and before like Aladdin or Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Targeting a Younger Generation
To be clear, this game was targeted for an extremely young audience. By using the branding of the popular princess of the time and time before, Disney sought to allow young gamers to experience the worlds their favorite characters are from.
That being said, like most youth games, it’s simplistic. The platforming and collecting elements are barebones, the path to complete levels is extremely linear. However, that doesn’t make it inherently bad—but it does make it not for everyone. The positives of the game are that it offers six playable Disney Princess’ and each have their own storied chapters, and methods of play. For example, Jasmine can fly on a magic carpet and Ariel swims under the sea. While these differences are very slight, all the characters are available from the beginning so if you get bored of one you can move on to the other.
Presentation is Everything
As far as graphics for the Gameboy Advance go, Disney Princess was an extremely solid-looking game. the environments, music, but most importantly the amount of character differences all add to the famous Disney aesthetic—and, like Kingdom Hearts, make playing through each character’s world to explore what might be waiting is exciting. At least, at first, it’s exciting.
While the worlds are wonderfully realized for a mobile platform, they are lacking in variety. Once you’ve experienced the first couple chapters of each princess, you’ve seen most of what that character will offer. Though, the levels might vary—they won’t shake up the gameplay very much.
A Step in the Right Direction
It was exciting for a lot of children when this game was released. Finally, there was a collection of their favorite characters all to be experienced in one place. However, this game also suffered from some stereotypes of the time it was released in—namely that only girls would play it, and that they didn’t desire as complex systems in games as boys did.
Time has thankfully rid us of that notion, but it was a primary reason that the gameplay of this adventure was designed to entertain rather than to challenge.
As it was the first rendition of the Disney Princesses properties all coming together, perhaps those faults in design could be expected. However, if a game like this was to be released today—taking care to update the gameplay to make it engaging, challenging, as well as fun would be the key to its success.
- Great graphics for the system
- Six playable characters
- Diverse levels and aesthetics
- The gameplay is overtly simple
- Slow moving platforming collect-a-thon
- Extremely linear levels
- No challenge or frequent combat
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
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