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If you're girly and you know it get this game...,
This review is from: Princess on Ice (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I bought this game on impulse (I usually play role playing ones such as Phoenix Wright and Lost in Blue) as I wanted something different and fun - and I really like ice skating.
The game itself is quite straightforward. You choose a character and then compete for the title of Ice Princess, basically by completing one ice dance at a time successfully (this is done by completing mini challenges whilst the character skates, such as tapping out bubbles in rhythm to the music or spinning a disk very quickly - don't worry, you get to watch the performance back if you missed any moments of glory). Along the way you get to build up points, talk to the other characters, add to your wardrobe or just practice your moves. If you complete every round you may become the Princess - if not, start again with a new character and keep trying.
With the overall feel of a Disney-Cinderella extravaganza, the 4 main characters are nicely doll-like, with the actual skating arenas ranging from a fairytale Castle to a setting by the Pyramids! I was hugely impressed with the actual skating, for a game played on a small computer screen it's uncanny. Top points go to the makers for technical accuracy here, the characters absolutely look and feel as though they're skating. Best of all you get to buy more outfits and accessories the better you skate (again beautifully illustrated) - should you wear a tiara or the diamond cuffs? So many decisions... Playing the game is just hard enough to keep you interested, with lots of classic 'ice skating' music to dance to (this is really beautiful and a real highlight of the game - use the headphones to get full appreciation).
If you're an adult (like me!) you'll just love sitting down for half an hour or so of real girly magic, although I can't imagine any little girl not loving this game.