While the Barbie of your youth may have had an unrealistically exaggerated figure and spent her days trying on a lot of clothes while she pined for Ken, this Barbie princess is cut from a different cloth. In the computer game, she looks princess-like in her flowing gowns, but these fripperies don't get in the way of her running, ice skating, or riding and flying over obstacles while on the back of Brietta, a magical winged horse. And she's a princess who takes action to save her kingdom—none of this "waiting for a prince to rescue her." This Barbie is an intrepid and resourceful heroine, a role model you can feel good about your daughters emulating.
Princess Annika's kingdom has been turned to stone by the evil wizard Wenlock. To break the spell, Princess Annika goes on a quest to forge a powerful Wand of Light. Joined by Brietta and her pet Shiver, Annika ventures into the Forbidden Forest, flies to mountaintop glaciers, and explores ice caverns to find the items needed to create the Wand of Light.
Annika is periodically stymied by logic puzzles (including mazes, jigsaw puzzles, and matching tiles) that the player must solve. The most innovative puzzle appears when Annika needs to traverse the kitchen table of a sleeping giant. Players must think about the colossal food items as tools and recognize that Annika can scramble up giant carrots to cross planks and use stacked bread slices as stairs.
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus CD-ROM is an excellent way to introduce young girls to video gaming because the controls are easy to learn. Girls move Barbie by using the arrow keys; and, at times, they control her ice skating or flying on a Pegasus. While the quest portion of the game has limited replayability because it's linear, girls will enjoy repeating the puzzles as well as the flying and skating sequences.
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