If your kids are between the ages of 7 to 11 and want to experience the new fairy tale in great detail, then the Nintendo DS is the way to go. It retells the story of the movie in 27 chapters (levels).
As kids play, they will learn how to navigate to hard-to-reach locations in New Orleans and the Louisianan bayou, while also finding ingredients for and cooking up recipes, outsmarting enemies and performing music. This quest-based game offers a wide variety of game play, ranging from platform puzzling (jumping and swinging through environments), to blowing into the microphone to clear away bayou cobwebs, to improvising jazz by playing on a virtual keyboard, to cooking up Cajun recipes.
The graphics are truly spectacular, especially for the small Nintendo DS dual screens. Kids can enjoy playing as both Tiana and Ray, the Cajun firefly. Since you have to be able to read to play this game, it is best for young girls ages 7 to 11. The difficulty of the game play is spot-on for the targeted audience. This game connects to Disney's DGamer, an online community where kids can create an avatar, chat with friends and share unlocked items from the game.
This version of The Princess and the Frog does the best job of telling the fairy tale. So if you have not yet seen the movie, choose this version over the one for the Nintendo Wii.
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