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Princess Izzie

 

 

SCORE: 68

 

Princess Izzie 

 

Princess Izzie is a casual game following the Princess as she looks for her Prince. The twist in this tale is that the Princess has been turned into a frog and must find her Prince Charming to lift the spell. As a frog, Princess Izzie must jump across the lake in 10 levels using Lilly pads, logs and more. Eating flies is also part of the action (they give double jump capability).

The game starts as Princess Izzie is reading a note from the Prince. It simply states she needs to find him on the other side of the lake. The introduction shows her starting her journey by rowing her boat across the lake. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a witch appears and casts a spell that turns her into a frog. Then the gamer takes control of Izzie as the jumping action begins. It would have been nice to have a little more character development or explanation other than a quick intro video that leaves a lot to be desired.

As mentioned, the goal is to cross the lake to find the Prince. Using the arrow and Alt keys, gamers jump across Lilly pads and logs to complete the various levels. The level difficulty increases as you get deeper into the game. The controls can be very frustrating at times. There were several times the frog made the jump and was clearly sitting on the Lilly pad, and then I heard the splash sound and was forced to start the level over. Also, turning left and right can be an adventure. In some instances, the frog would merely turn her stance to the desired direction, while other times (when pressing left or right) the frog would walk in that direction. So I was at the mercy of game, or perhaps this was part of the evil spell – either way it was frustrating.

The graphics and soundtrack serve their purpose, but do not expect to be blown away. When starting the game there is an options menu that allows for adjustments to made for game, graphics and sound settings.

The idea of Princess Izzie is interesting, but unfortunately the implementation fell short. This is a game families can play together, but my concern would be younger gamers getting frustrated with the gameplay. Obviously, the inclusion of the witch and evil spell open the door for parents to discuss those things with their children; while the game itself will be a lesson in patience.
-Alan

 

Graphics: 78%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 55%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Xing Interactive
Rating: 'NR' for Not Rated

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