Kids, CANDY LAND, and the DVD
It's taken 56 long years, but the venerable children's board game CANDY LAND has finally emerged from its low-tech cardboard-box cocoon as a beautiful, remote-controlled pixel-painted butterfly. The game you once played sitting on your mother's lap or on the living room floor with your siblings - the board game loved by one and all "for its wholesome fun and sweet adventures" - will soon be available in a new electronic guise as the CANDY LAND DVD GAME. According to Hasbro, the game's muggers - er, makers - the new version "gives parents and grandparents a new way to share a classic game with their kids...Parents will find that we remained true to CANDY LAND's heritage, but brought the game board and its characters to life in a way that transforms a passive leisure activity into a more active and interactive experience." The DVD-based game "reinforces skills like color recognition and following directions in three games that gets kids ages 4 and older moving and playing with their CANDY LAND friends, Mr. Mint, King Kandy and Grandma Nutt." (There's no word on whether ISF-approved or THX-certified versions of the game will be released. As long as we're teaching kids color recognition skills, let's make sure they're the correct colors, okay?)
The CANDY LAND DVD GAME comes packaged with a "pop-and-play" DVD, 24 floor mats, and 24 gingerbread cookie tokens. (They're not really gingerbread, so don't eat them, all right?) A DVD player is not included, but highly recommended if not actually required. Three electronic games-within-the-game include "King Kandy's Gumball Challenge", "Mr. Mint Says", and "Grandma Nutt's Musical Moves". Hasbro explains that "music and character animation bring the games to life and urge young players to use their bodies to complete tasks that incorporate the mats."
The DVD slyly includes three singing features from the recently released, direct-to-video DVD titled Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure.
Here are some sugary tidbits about the game:
All this entertainment - and don't forget the three singing features from the direct-to-video DVD - can be yours for only $29.99. Rumor has it that there will be both an HD DVD and a Blu-ray version out next year.
The original CANDY LAND is the top-selling preschool game of all time. It was invented by Eleanor Abbott of San Diego, California during the 1940s while she was recuperating from polio.