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09/02/2011 Family Junior Gamer Review
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VReader Tangled



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Tangled (MobiGo)
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Tangled VReader is an interactive Disney version of the hairy fairytales. It's a bit short but all the main bits are there and you can touch the words and pictures to see what they mean.

Tangled (VReader) is based on the new Disney film about Rapunzel. It looks the same as the film and makes the story feel more like a movie than a book. The princess seems much more cross in this game than she does in the bedtime story version I remember.

I'd already played Tangled (MobiGo) and Tangled (Wii) so I wasn't sure if I really needed another game. I actually just wanted to see the film, but it wasn't out yet so I couldn't.

But although this is recommended for young children like the MobiGo game, I enjoyed it a lot more. Rather than a set of little mini-games this game tells the story properly. It's a bit like an electric version of a story book. The VReader handheld does look like a book and lets you read or listen to it wherever you want.

Once you put the cartridge in and turn it on you just have to tap the book picture to start the story. Then you can read along with the words as the story is read to you. You can pause it and repeat a page if you need to - which I did a few times when my brothers kept interrupting me.

There are a few different ways to read the story too. You can just watch it play in front of you, or you can read it yourself from the words on the screen. I liked doing this, and if I got stuck on a word I could tap it and the VReader would read it out to me. You can also touch the story pictures on the screen to make them move or make sounds.

If I got stuck on a word I could tap it and the VReader would read it out to me.

There are some games as well, a bit like the MobiGo version. But because you have read the story these can ask harder questions about what happens in it. The What Happened? game was my favourite, but I also liked Find the Letter and Magical S.

There is also a story dictionary where you can look up different words and characters to see a picture and description of what they mean. The story only lasts about ten minutes which is a bit of a shame, but with the games and different ways to read it I think I've played this for quite a few hours now.

Although Tangled (Wii) is much more exciting, I still like coming back to play this on the VReader because I can take my time with the story and use my imagination to fill in the gaps. Also, I'm only allowed to play the Wii for an hour each day, so this way I don't use up all my screen time.

Tangled (VReader) is a nice way to read a story and didn't feel like I was doing homework like on the MobiGo version.

Written by Ben Loverrock

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Ben Loverrock writes the Junior Gamer column.

"Playing games when you are five isn't easy, but I've found some really good ones and I like writing about them. My dad helps me type out my reviews and then reads them back to me so I can check there aren't any confusing words."

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