Dress To Play: Cute Witches is available for download via the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. It's usually $3.99 but you can occasionally catch it on sale for a little less.
The only reason why I can't give this game a TOT rating is because of the ability to let the game go 3D, and because the enemies can be slightly frustrating or younger gamers. Aside from that, this is one of the most harmless video games in existence.
This is the perfect game for kids who like to play computer dress up games, but there's also an adventure mode that should keep kids entertained before bedtime.
I say bedtime, because this game has a calming feel to it, making it a must for parents in need of something to make the little ones doze off quicker on a long car ride.
(I apologize for the picture quality.)
When you start the game, you enter your name, and then you dress up your little witch. At first, you will only have a few hair choices and one or two outfits. To earn more, you have to take your little witch into the sky for a short adventure. (More on that in a bit.)
While your first choices are a little generic, unlockable hairstyles will allow you to dress your witch up like various anime and video game characters. My first day playing, I made (see above) Vocaloid's Miku Hatsune. It's also possible to make Fuuko from Conception 2 and a few Sailor Moon characters with their manga hair styles, but really, the possibilities are just about endless. You can save up to three versions of your little witch and even name them, and every time you play, you can always change their clothes before sending them out into the sky.
You use the circle pad to fly her past flying octopi, ghosts and green and red spike monsters. Tapping the buttons makes her go faster in one or another direction, but she does not actually attack back. In one way, this makes the game frustrating, especially with the ghosts, which eat up most of the screen, but it really plays on the idea of pure Wicca, in which modern witches believe in NOT harming the living, and that whatever you dish out comes back to you 10 fold.
You have a gas gauge on the bottom screen. When it goes to red, you only have a few seconds of gameplay left. To refill it, you need to grab a heart, but they are few and far between. Flying your witch slowly will help expand the gameplay an extra minute.
You also collect stars as you fly. The more you collect and the longer your witch lasts, the more likely you are to find present boxes, which shoot behind her like a star. The presents each include a random hair or clothing piece. There are also around 50 challenges through the game, which also help you unlock new clothes and hair styles, but outrunning the enemies is the main way to earn extra goodies. If you are very skilled, you can make her travel through the night, into daylight, and then back into night.
Dress to Play: Cute Witches is short, simple and very easy on the eyes. It's a good way to introduce your child to the anime style in video games. Average gameplay for an adult is only a few minutes, which makes it great for when you need something to play during long wait times at the doctor's office.
For Wiccan families, it's a positive first entry for little ones that is devoid of outdated and harmful Wicca stereotypes.
The soft, baby-cute graphics and simple animations make it perfect for sleepy gamers on long car rides.
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The game is half in Japanese and half in English, but honestly, you don't need to speak or read either to play. The menu is self-explanatory, you just click on the round you want to play, click on the face of your Sumo Wrestler, click on a Street Fighter character, then hit "START" and wait for the game to load.
Once you have been greeted warmly with the opening ceremony, it's time to play, and while the controls are simple, timing is key.
See the blue and green circles? Those are little Taiko drums that make your horse speed up. Each time a drum hits the arrow on the left side of the screen, you need to hit one of the arrow keys on your keyboard.
↑ controls the blue drums, while ↓ controls the green drums.
When you see a long drum line, you need to tap the ↑ or ↓ button furiously for extra points. If the drums fuse into one, extra long line, you need to tap both ↑ and ↓ as fast as possible, to activate your home stretch combo.
And then this happens.
Yes. Your horse will suddenly catch fire and speed you past the other horses.
But if your horse makes it across the line, you are rewarded with a screen where you can enter your name, and bask in the glory of your score.
But watch out! All of the Street Fighter characters are anticipating you catching up, and each one is ready to spring their famous attacks from past Street Fighter games.
Which can lead to comical results, as seen above. Currently, Ryu, Chun-Li, Blanka, Dhalism, Guile and M. Bison are all potential opponents, while more characters are expected to be added soon.
The overall serious nature of the polygonal Street Fighter characters just adds to the game's charm. It's energetic, goofy, and as much fun to watch as it is to play. Like most Street Fighter titles, it's pretty short, making it a good casual game, but the replay value is high.
Codename Sailor Earth
Codename Sailor Earth first started tinkering with her mother's Atari 2600 when she was only a year old, and then branched out to PC gaming on a GeoWorks computer shortly after her 4th birthday. Today, she is an avid collector of all things Nintendo, but makes time for PlayStation, SEGA and XBOX. She is a huge fan of Retron consoles.