IGN Review of Disney The Princess and the Frog
There isn't a dearth of mini-game collections or party games on the Wii. But Griptonite and Disney are hoping you've got a little girl that loves the new Princess and the Frog film, and that she has three equally enamored friends. If so, this may be a fun, though short lived and not amazing, treat for them.
First off it needs to be said that anyone playing this game is going to want to see the movie first. The entire game takes place after the film, with Tiana reminiscing about the events that transpired, so there are some major spoilers right from the get go. By this point most people buying this would probably already have seen the film, but the game was released two weeks prior to the film's release.
Princess and the Frog is a multiplayer mini-game collection. Every mini-game in here, save for the cooking games, are designed to be played with four people. They can be played solo, but it's really just nowhere near as fun, and the computer players seem to have an advantage by not being limited by the sometimes wonky waggle controls.
What makes this mini-game collection feel like a legitimate game is the story mode. Between every game is a cutscene, with characters from the film acting out slightly modified parts of the films. Granted the cutscenes are basic, and some of the voice acting is not great (Dr. Facilier is pronounced as "fuh-cy-ler" by the Tiana soundalike). Still it's nice that the game actually has a level of production that party games rarely get.
The mini-games themselves are hit or miss. Some of them are fast paced and exciting, like the one that has players throwing beignets at characters. Others are just plain boring, like the all too often repeated memory mini-games. And still others are wagglefests, which can quickly make your arm ache.
By progressing in the game players earn bonuses, like new dresses for Tiana. Unfortunately only Player One gets to be Tiana. There's also Charlotte and Naveen for Players Two and Three, but then the game has Player Four choose between some of the lesser characters that had one line in the beginning of the film and were never seen again. Bummer.
If your kid loves to sing, there's a karaoke element to the game where players can select songs from the film, and sing along with the lyrics while the characters dance on screen. It's just a text on screen thing, not an actual gameplay element, though. They can also cook up recipes, which then get served in the restaurant. Nothing major but it's nice little details that add to the game.
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