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For any of you who have lately rated my reviews you will be aware that we have recently bought a Wii (getting sick of typing that now!) and have been on the look out over the last couple of months for games that my girls will enjoy. Given that my girls are extremely girly and obsessed with anything to do with Disney Princesses, when I saw this in the games consoles section at the supermarket recently, I knew I had to save to get it for them. As the game was £50 including the uDraw tablet, the girls decided that they would use some of their unspent Christmas money to be able to buy it straight away.
I think this game is totally different to other games out there at the moment and perfect for young children who are learning to write and gain more confidence with games and their hand coordination. The concept of the uDraw is fairly simple, it is a wireless tablet which is used alongside games (there are now several on the market including Instant Artist, SpongeBob Squigglepants, Drawn to Life and Penguins of Madagascar) to enable drawing and colouring in as well as short games where you click and drag (much like the stylus with the DS).
This Disney Princesses: Enchanting Storybooks game allows your own little princess to enter the magical world of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Rapunzel and Tiana. The stories come to life as they use their magic brush to complete various drawing, colouring and musical activities. There are also paint by numbers and a sticker book. The thing that I really liked about this game is it actually tells the stories as your child progresses through the games, rather than just having random mini games strewn here and there, they actually mean something to the child as they follow the story.
Within this game are 10 modes of play and are perfect from around aged 3 to 4 onwards (it's rated as a PEGI 3), with different activities such as spot the difference, magic search and musical tune up. Some of the games are a little more advanced, but this is perfect for our house as my eldest daughter (6) can complete the more advanced games, while my younger daughter (4) goes for the easier ones (sometimes with a little help from mum).
The games uses Opal 'The Keeper of Colour' to help narrate and guide in the game and re-colour the storybooks. As your child completes tasks, more will become unlocked, so they don't get bored with the same games all the time. Games which become unlocked include Snow White colouring pages and new colouring tools (a favourite in our house) such as Belle's Rose petal crayon (colours in with roses, much like a stamper) and a water colour brush from Rapunzel.
My girls absolutely love that when they have completed a colouring page or created something new, they can save their creations onto the SD card and then it can be printed. We have a stack of colouring pages they have completed printed in a folder, although I'm sure we have gone through a fortune of ink too! You can also upload your works of art to the uDraw website which is www.worldofdraw.com and your child can showcase to the rest of the world their works of art!
To use the wireless uDraw tablet, you simply dock the Wii remote into the tablet which then uses the battery power from the remote. It works in much the same way as the Mario Kart wheel. The tablets are available in either white or black but we didn't get a choice when buying the Princess pack and the white was supplied (slightly annoying as we have the black console!).
The graphics are fun, bright and very girly with pinks and princessy things everywhere! The bright Disney characters and colouring will keep the children engaged as much as the game play will.
This game and the uDraw is something really different and ideal to let your children express themselves and use their imagination freely. It is easy to use and perfect for younger children who are sometimes left out when older children have all the fun on games consoles. It is also a mess free way to let them go wild with paint!!!