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For Christmas last year my mum bought my daughter a V-Tech V Smile Motion console, which I thought would be a good introduction to video games for her but that is also educational. The console came with a choice of games, Thomas The Tank Engine or Cinderella, and as my daughter is Disney Princess crazy it was a very simple choice!
Cinderella's Magic Wishes Vtech game comes in a sealed plastic case which needs to be cut open. It is a shame that this is the case as it does mean that there is no box in which to store the games once opened and if you have read any of my previous reviews you will be aware that there is some storage space in the actual console but once that is full you will need to find some alternative way to store the games safely. The cover of the packaging shows Cinderella against a pink and lilac sparkly background with the large Disney logo clearly on display. The game is for children aged 4-6 and teaches spelling, creativity, addition, directions and more. At the bottom of the cover you will see pictures of some of the Vtech consoles available.
With all Vtech Vsmile games there are two modes of play - learning zone and learning adventure so the child needs to choose which mode they wish to play. Before starting the game there are options to choose how many players, which style of play with the controller (either motion sensor or joystick) and which level they wish to play.
The learning adventure covers four games to get Cinderella to the ball.
A caring helper - Cinderella needs to deliver ice cream sundaes to her step mother and the ugly sisters. A sum appears at the top of the screen and the answer corresponds to a door number which is the correct room to deliver the sundae. Along the way Lucifer (the cat) runs up and down the hallway to try and trip Cinderella up! The ice creams also start to melt if it takes too long to get to the door!
A good friend - Help Gus (the mouse) find his way home by following the corn around the garden. Cinderella tells gus which direction to go in and there is a compass at the top of the screen which points too. There are obstacles along the way which Gus needs to jump over or dodge or a life will be lost.
Elegant with words - Cinderella is on a boat ride with the Prince and to get back to the palace a series of spellings need to be completed. The word to be spelt out is in both word and picture form (with letters blank which need collecting) eg cl ck along with a picture of a clock. Steer the boat to collect the letters floating in the water.
A lovely dancer - Cinderella is at the ball dancing with Prince Charming and to make her complete the dance follow the arrows with the joystick to point the right way.
In the learning zone there is a choice of four games to play.
A fine dressmaker - Choose a dress and decorate it for the ball. Choose dress, sleeves and decorations. When the dress is completed it shows Cinderella in the creation and scores on the design.
A wonderful singer - Catch the musical notes in the box by pressing the big button on the joypad when the box is over the note as it passes down the songsheet.
Mice mayhem - Control the mouse to collect the amount of corn to return to the mouse hole before Lucifer wakes up and scares you! If Lucifer wakes, stay completely still until he falls asleep again.
Food basket - Jack (another mouse) is hiding food from Lucifer, and he is in a basket with food that he needs to deposit in the right hole. Make sure Jack aims for the right hole by matching the pictures of the food.
OPTIONS - music on/off and chances standard/unlimited.
We have had this game for quite some time now and this remains my daughters firm favourite. It is always the first game she will put on and will happily play this for as long as I let her! As my daughter loves Disney Princesses so much I knew that she would love this game and this game is the reason that we still have the console as she really doesn't bother all that much with the other games we have.
The game is educational, and like the other games it is made fun throughout. The game is aimed at children aged 4-6 and my daughter had just turned three when she received it so there were a couple of the games that were a little difficult for her. The sums in the game are quite simple ones in comparison to other games we have and since playing the game I have noticed that my daughters ability to do sums like 2 + 1 or 2 + 3 has really developed which I am really pleased with.
My daughter plays the dressmaker game over and over and over! She loves to design the dresses and put all the different decorations on there but she does get frustrated when the score is the same after every single dress! For some reason no matter what you do on this game you get 80 points and thats it!!
I think this is a really good game, though at times it does seem a little slow and my little girl does get a bit angry when Cinderella doesn't move as fast as she would like and at times it seems like it takes forever to get her to the destination! I do think this is a must for any little Princess fan as the range of games is really good and does help to develop various skills.
You can find Cinderella's Magic Wishes on Amazon for £14.99, or alternatively it comes with the console for around £40.00. I would happily recommend this game, it is by far the best we have so far come across.
Thank you for reading my review.