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Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop) Review

Review for Dress to Play: Cute Witches! on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

CoderChild moves into the realm of 3D with Dress to Play: Cute Witches!, an intriguing downloadable game available now on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Put your favourite dress on, grab a broomstick and let's go for a ride!

There is no doubt that Dress to Play: Cute Witches! is designed to appeal directly to a young female generation. That's not to say nobody else is going to have some fun with it, though! The game allows players to customise a cute girl (which thankfully means we aren't dressing up ugly wart-nosed witches of grossness) with a variety of hair styles and clothing. Once that's done, the little witch takes to the skies in a scrolling shooter-type mode, except for the fact that there is no shooting to be done of any kind, and instead players must use the Circle Pad or D-Pad (or the A, B, X and Y buttons, if preferred) to dodge oncoming traffic of peculiar, not-so-intimidating characters.

The idea in this portion of the game is to keep the chibi-styled witch girl flying on her broomstick for as long as possible, all the while collecting stars. With the action taking place on the top screen, the bottom screen displays a fuel gauge that continuously decreases the further the player progresses, as well as a large clock, of which the hands spin around at a quickened pace. There are two ways in which to keep the fuel topped up: one is to collect the aforementioned stars that scroll across the level; the other is to see the clock strike midnight. Once the hands hit twelve A.M., known in-game as the "Magic Hour," a heart appears to be grabbed, and restores a great chunk of the fuel tank. The number of Magic Hours that have passed and total points scored are also tracked -- the latter of which constantly increases the further the player makes it through the sky and by collecting stars.

Screenshot for Dress to Play: Cute Witches! on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

There are 50 challenges to complete, which unlock extra design choices for the witch, such as skirts, tops, cat ears, ribbons, various colours for eyes and hair, and more. The requirements of the challenges mainly include racking up set amounts of points, hearts, Magic Hours, stars and total play time. With Dress to Play: Cute Witches! geared towards that younger demographic, it might seem a bit difficult to achieve some of these goals, but certainly, this game is very simple in its nature and may in fact be a good entry level for those that have just started to play video games.

Sadly, the fact that the flying section of the game consists of merely replaying the same stage over and over, albeit with an unpredictable order of enemy types that have unique traits in order to block the player, does mean this title becomes tiresome quickly. Clearly the focus is on getting high scores, which is great since up to three players can register profiles and compete to get the most points, but after the unlocking of the various outfits and accessories there really isn't anything to come back for. This is ultimately a real shame as Dress to Play: Cute Witches! is a charming little game with gorgeous and colourful graphics, but one has to wonder if there could have been some more unique levels or other forms of gameplay to add a bit more longevity to the overall package.

Screenshot for Dress to Play: Cute Witches! on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

Simple controls for tapping through menus to dress the witch and navigating her through the air mean the target audience of youngsters will easily get the hang of it. It doesn't take long before playing dress-up and dodge 'ems becomes a bit boring, but again, it's bound to provide more of an enjoyment to little ones.

Graphics

The word cute in the game's title is very apt here, as that's exactly how this looks. Adorable chibi witches and sharp and colourful backgrounds that change from night to day with the added layered effect of stereoscopic 3D deliver a gorgeous presentation. Slowdown does occur on occasion when the 3D is turned up, unfortunately.

Sound

Definitely another high point of the game. Whilst the same track is played during the flying portion, it's an original catchy tune that easily gets the head bobbing and even the voice humming! Hopefully this kind of dance-like beat with vocals is used more often in CoderChild's works.

Value

For £3.59 you could do far worse than to buy this for a young one's 3DS. However, whilst the challenges require players to work through lots to unlock all of the outfits, there's the risk it will be put down before that happens. There's just not much else to come back to, save for beating high scores and competing with family and friends.

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Mediocre

About this score

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! knows exactly who it is appealing to and delivers on that end very well. The dress-up nature of the game is sure to be popular with little girls, just in the same way the likes of Animal Crossing is. The unlocking of more styles will keep them occupied for a while, but it really could have done with just a bit more added content to save it from being put down too quickly.

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29.11.2012

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Shame...looked like it had more potential.

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Exactly what I thought. I was very much looking forward to playing it! But there was just nothing to it. Dress your witch > play dodge 'ems > dress her in new stuff > play dodge 'ems. Just needed something extra to give a reason to keep playing. But I'm sure the young girls that have this bought for them will enjoy it.

The graphics are great and adorable and the music is a personal highlight, though!

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I did like the music in the only other CoderChild game I've tried, Bugs 'N' Balls.

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