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Disney Friends was a gift I received around a couple of years ago (if you read my last review, I'm beginning to feel a theme going on when it comes to presents I receive). It's a game for the DS, which is comparable to Nintendo Dogs where instead of a dog, you are given Disney characters to look after.
On receiving this I thought it was a really cute idea but then I remembered. I'd previously spent a lot of money on a Nintendo Dogs game for it to get boring very quickly. I hoped that this wouldn't be the same.
When you first play the game you are given a tutorial to learn how to play Disney Friends, though this is nothing major and the game controls are fairly simple and easy to pick up. After that you enter the menu, this is a small room containing a few doors. Behind each door lives one of your Disney friends. There is also a small lounge next to this room where you can enter Tinkerbell's store to buy items for your Disney friends to play with or eat.
The characters available to play with are:
Alien (Toy Story) This character is used for simple training at the beginning of the game, though can be visited again.
Simba (Lion King)
Dory (Finding Nemo)
Winnie The Pooh
Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)
As you can see there are quite a few characters and there should be at least one there that everyone likes. All of the Disney characters you can look after are living in locations linked to their appropriate films.
The idea of the game is to look after your Disney friend by feeding them, playing with them, talking to them, showing them affection or making sure they're not tired. The game 'scores' you by giving you Guardian Points for interacting with your Disney Characters. The more points you get the more items you can unlock and your Guardian title also increases (don't think this does much but makes me feel important lol).
Other than the interacting and looking after your Disney Friend with each Disney character you can practise music and painting, both of which are very simple but fun. Each character also has their own unique activity they like to practise, for example with Simba you practise pouncing to grab bugs. You can also go on adventures with your Disney friend, which are themed to the character you're playing, these incorporate mini games which are simple but very fun. The game works in real time, so if you play at night it's dark and if its winter there might be snow, which is a nice touch. Due to the information that is stored in the DS, your Disney Friend will remember your birthday and any other important dates such as Christmas etc. which is very cute.
You can play Disney Friends with a friend as there are a couple of multiplayer games that can be played via wifi. However, I haven't really used this function but I guess it would be quite fun as it will just be adding a competitive edge to the mini games within the main game. Disney Friends does also give you the opportunity to really 'talk' to your friend through the microphone on the DS. This is not something I have tried as I don't like talking to my DS as it makes me feel slightly silly and whenever I have tried to use it, it's not always to the greatest of success.
Graphics wise, its nothing special but isn't bad considering it's for the DS. The music played in each characters living space is a little irritating after awhile, though playing the game without any sound isn't really too hard.
In terms of playability, I think it does have a rather long shelf life, especially for a child. I spent quite a lot of time on it trying to unlock new items. However, even though it is a cute game I did get bored after awhile. I still own this game, which is more than I can say for the Nintendo Dogs game I had, so there must be something that I like about it and I don't mind coming back to play on it every once in awhile for some simple fun.
Disney Friends can be bought for around £10.00 on Amazon, I think if you like this kind of game or Disney then it's a bargain price. The game as a whole is cute and although it does get a bit boring, coming back and playing it again after a period of time can actually be quite fun.
Disney Friends is a great game for the younger children who like to play on the DS. It has many Disney characters in it such as the Alien (Toy Story), Dory (from Finding Nemo), Stitch (Lilo & Stitch), Simba (Lion King) and Pooh (Winnie the Pooh).
You start of in the game with only the Alien from Toy Story and have to uses voice and touch control to do things to the make the Alien happy. After interacting with the character for so long such as talking to and giving it a marble to play with you build up enough friendship level to release another character.
While going through the games interacting with the characters you collect coins so that you can buy more items for your fiends to eat or play with. While doing certain tasks you collecting Disney pins.
When you complete tasks and improve friendship levels you free more games and more characters. This is an easy game to master for the younger child as well as the old child.
You will need to collect the coins as you need them to purchase things such as sandwiches and food to feed the characters when they become hungry. Also you can buy the things to play with such a bikes and bunny ears. You need to buy plasters for Dory as she often bumps into things and required first aid. Stitch like to playing in the sand and make things out of the mounds of sand on the beach.
One thing is that when you first go on this game there is a lot of on screen instructions that need to be read but after playing it a little while you soon pick the idea up. As with a lot of DS games being able to read what the instructions say does help but it is not essential to being successful. One thing to remember is that all the instructions are written on the screen and none at all are said out loud so being able to read is a great advantage.
You can pick this game up cheap and it is well worth the money but it can become a little addictive trying to release all of the characters.
This game available on the nintendo DS, includes many of the popular disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Dora, Simba, Stitch and Dory.
It included various tasks of looking after the characters and doing as they ask. You can talk to the characters, feed them, play with them and also create music with them.
It is a great value game and is very popular with the younger members of my family. Certainly kept them quiet for a long time!
However this game was given to me as a gift, as a 20 year old i found it far too young for me and it is a very simplistic game. However it is said to be for ages 3+ so perhaps is designed for younger children.
For those who also use wireless connection with their DS consoles, this game is able to connect up and can be played with other DS users.
Published by Disney Interactive Studios, Disney Friends for Nintendo DS is a new virtual life simulator and adventure game featuring some of the most beloved characters from popular Disney films including The Lion King, Winnie the Pooh, Lilo & Stitch and Finding Nemo. Allowing players to befriend and interact with Stitch, Dory, Simba, and Winnie the Pooh, Disney Friends uses voice and touch to control the actions and emotional behaviours of the game's characters