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"The Princess and the Crab" is a game based on Italian fairy tales. The protagonist is Marina, a princess who is uninterested in courtly matters and prefers to admire and care for her fish pond. One day she buys a new crab for her pond. She discovers that the crab is in fact an enchanted prince, who can return to his true form at noon every day. The prince manages to tell her how to defeat the witch who enchanted him. Marina starts learning swordfighting and music and then sets off for the Rocks of Ruin. All ends well: she manages to defeat the witch and free the prince. The princess and the prince get married and decide to go on a journey after their wedding.
The "Magic Tales" series includes six interactive storybooks, based on fairy tales from different parts of the world. They are all framed as stories read by Grandpa Mouse to his grandchildren. Each story consists of twelve pages and if "Play" mode is selected, the player can also click on different parts of the scenery to see what will happen.
The games in the series are now supported by the ScummVM emulator.


Magic Tales: The Princess and the Crab Windows The princess mostly cares for her fish pond and the king would like her to at least start learning something...
Magic Tales: The Princess and the Crab Windows The game has a lot of songs, some also played by clicking objects. In this scene, the king and the princess sign perhaps the game's most important song, "There's a Whole New World Out There".
Magic Tales: The Princess and the Crab Windows Look at the skull and the knight's helmet... others have probably already failed, yet the princess managed to defeat the dragon!
Magic Tales: The Princess and the Crab Windows And now the ending scene, with a reprise of the "There's a Whole New World Out There" song - because this is what the newly wedded couple wants to discover now.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Los Cuentos del Abuelo Ratón: La Princesa y el Cangrejo Encantado " -- Spanish title

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