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Continuing with the princess theme Disney created with the Princess Fashion Boutique, this program invites users to join Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip in their enchanted castle where a surprise party is being planned honoring the Beast.
Users can select Belle's outfit, and the musical instruments, decorations and dance steps that will be used in a ballroom dance; help Mrs. Potts and Chip prepare a festive meal; work with Cogsworth and Lumiere to deduce the location of the key to the West Wing, and assist Belle in creating beautiful artwork and party invitations. These tasks completed, the festivities can begin!
The activities themselves, although not original, are quite enjoyable. Each is accompanied by lively banter and complete instructions provided by the characters themselves. Despite this, our testers suggested that the program could be improved with more story accompaniment.
The actual surprise party cannot be experienced until all activities have been completed, a fact that can be frustrating for young users who might be having difficulty attaining completion. This is not due to lengthy game-play, but rather to the challenges imposed by the fast twitch "Teatime Table" activity.
The program itself offers complete instructions for every activity, as does the included User's Guide. These instructions can, however, be too lengthy and tedious for young users to comprehend. Young girls who tackle the program without parental guidance are likely to enjoy the program but benefit fully from all it has to offer.
PC: Windows 95/98, 166MHz or faster cpu, 60 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible 2 MB video card, 8x or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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