I’ll be the first person to admit that “girly” is not a word to describe me. I don’t like make-up, shopping, and the colour pink. I stay away from those products that makes me look like a clown, I shop like a man who hates shopping, and I like the colours blue, black, and white. However, I was into the typical “girly” stuff when I was younger. Even now, no matter how hard I try to deny most of the girly stuff in the world, there are a few things that bring out the “Curious George” in me.
Lately, a bunch of Nintendo DS games have piqued my curiosity. I’ve tried such games like Imagine: Figure Skater and was met with disappointment and a regret for even bothering to try them. However, I think through all the pains I went through trying these games geared for the younger female audience, I finally found a winner with Princess Debut.
The basic premise of the game is really simple. You play as the protagonist Sabrina, a female schoolgirl who had a conversation about the potential boys in her classes with her friend because she wanted a prince to come carry her off into the sunset away from her boring life. When Sabrina arrives home, something goes wrong with her closet, ala Chronicles of Narnia style, and out burst a real princess of the Flower Kingdom from a parallel world who looks like Sabrina. The Princess can’t dance, and she proposes the “Prince and the Pauper” plan for Sabrina to take her spot for the next 30 days to prepare for the Ball of Saint-Lyon. The switch happens, and for the next 30 days (or three hours our time), you guide Sabrina to dance with the stylus, meet and woo potential princes who matches their parallel counterparts from Sabrina world, and collect magical accessories that changes Sabrina’s dancing outfits.
This game is considered to be a rhythmic otome game. While the rhythm aspect of the game lacks the punch Elite Beat Agents has, I find myself intrigued by the otome part of the game. The sacchrine-induced cuteness, the couple of boys who intrigues me, and the fact that there are about fourteen possible endings just makes me want to spend more time with this game than I should even bother. Then again, I did have that dream as a little girl, where I’d meet the prince of my dream, become a beautiful princess, and live happily ever after. I guess this game just pulled my subconscious out into reality, and I admit to having a bit of a girly side when the moon is blue.
Mr. Rabbit is your dance instructor along with your potential dance partners: Luciano, Liam, Klaus, Cesar, and Vince. There’s one more guy who’s only obtainable after your first playthrough. My favourite from them are Luciano (go tsundere type!), Liam, and Klaus.
These are some of the accessories you will find in the games. Each time you dance, you choose it, and it will transform Sabrina’s outfit like one of those magical girl transformers, ie: Sailor Moon.
This is where you can see the princes’ profiles and their love ratings with Sabrina. 100% is the way to go!
Watch the trailer and see how the dancing aspect works!
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