I didn’t grow up with video games. We were a household of girls with a girlie mama — we had baby dolls, tea sets, and dress-up clothes. But, I always wanted a Nintendo system. I’d watch my cousins, whenever we visited them, jumping and rolling through the original Super-Mario. Oh, how I wanted to save the Princess!!!!!!
I am still without a gaming system, but I have tried my hand at video games from time to time.
Really, I do.
I NEVER get past the 3rd level of Super Mario, if I even get that far. Even Duck Hunt, yes — the game with the stupidly annoying, laughing dog, kicks my butt.
So why did I agree to review a video game? Me? The Most Incompetent Game Idiot ever? Me? Someone who has never reviewed anything???
I love “The Princess Bride.”
That’s right, my friends — someone (ok, specifically “World Wide Biggies” and “Elephant Entertainment”) made a computer video game on “The Princess Bride” movie.
(sorry — I had to throw in at least one quote!)
I still don’t know how this company found my information; to my knowledge, I haven’t signed up on any review lists. But, hey — I don’t mind. “The Princess Bride” is one of my favorite movies and I have a nephew who loves computer games. Hmmm . . .I’m thinking I have one less gift to buy!! 🙂
Last night, sitting next to my husband for video gaming support, I opened the CD and installed the game.
Thankfully, it was easy, and before long Fred Savage’s Grandpa was sitting before me, telling me about the challenge of this game. It was up to ME to work my way through the farm chores, the fire swamp, the battle of wits, and Miracle Max’s house. If I succeeded, I would be able to storm the castle and bring true love back together.
The game is Rated “E,” which I learned (from reading the back of the game) means it is suitable for everyone. “Woo hoo,” I told my husband, “I may actually be able to win this one!”
The game started easily enough. I was faced with a series of chores, milking cows, feeding chickens, pulling flowers — all while having to deal with the FREQUENT interruptions from Buttercup.
The Battle of Wits was a piece of cake — I’m a genius, after all. Actually, the questions were very simple. The game would be good for elementary aged kids, as the questions centered around vocabulary, anagrams, and sentence endings.
It was the Fire Swamp that nearly did me in. Remember how I mentioned Super Mario gives me problems? Well, the Fire Swamp had many of the same challenges: jumping away from fire, killing creepy ROUS’s, climbing vines, etc., etc., etc.
Even in the world of imaginary swamps, I have horrible reflexes and poor athletic ability. I had to give the game over to my husband. Seriously. He had to get us (by us, I mean Wesley and Buttercup) through the Fire Swamp. Sigh.
Eventually, I had wracked up the points and gathered the necessary items to storm the castle. WOO HOO — the wedding was interrupted, Inigo got his revenge on the count, and Wesley verbally abused the weak Prince. Oh yeah — Buttercup and Wesley were able to FINALLY hook up. (in the rated G sense, of course)
While this was a fun game for the “Grown Up Gamer” because of the movie scenes and quotes, it is definitely geared for little gamers. On the website, the designers highlight the fact that each “episode” helps teach a skill.
- Episode 1 â€“ As You Wish Time / Click Management
- Episode 2 â€“ Battle of Wits Inconceivable Trivia Challenge
- Episode 3 â€“ The Fire SwampTeamwork Puzzle Platformer
- Episode 4 â€“ Miracle Max Hidden Objects & Potion Mixing
- Episode 5 â€“ Storming the CastleCollect & Assemble Inventory
The game is only $9.99, available at the World Biggies Store or at Best Buy. I’m very excited to give this to my Nephew. I’m totally going to be the favorite aunt this Christmas!!!