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Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
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Overall User Score (8 votes) 2.8

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In sum, The Ugly Prince Duckling is a most appealing family friendly adventure game. I unequivocally recommend this game for its superb graphics, brilliant story, and engaging characters. Parents can play this game alongside with their children to learn about Andersen's life in Copenhagen and many of the fabled characters from Andersen's fairy tale stories.
Adventurespiele (Nov 30, 2006)
HCA – Die märchenhaften Abenteuer des Hans Christian Andersen – Die Rettung des Königreichs ist ein gelungenes Märchenadventure für jung und alt. Lasst Euch für ca. 15 Stunden in die schöne und lehrreiche Welt der Märchen entführen.
Game Vortex (Apr 09, 2007)
The Ugly Prince Duckling isn't a bad game for fans of the genre looking for some new puzzles. The storyline is pretty good (as far as fairytales are concerned) and the puzzles seem to be an even blend of obvious actions and frustrating predicaments. Fans of the genre should seriously consider looking into this title, while anyone else should probably steer clear.
Adventurearchiv (Jan 11, 2007)
Bei Guppyworks ist geplant, dass noch weitere Spiele folgen sollen. Ich denke, es spricht nichts dagegen. Mit hat HCA zumindest grundsätzlich gut gefallen. Die Steuerung habe ich besonders mit der Maus als ziemlich unangenehm da sehr hakelig und ungenau empfunden. Die Steuerung mit der Tastatur ist zwar nicht optimal - wer mit der umständlicheren Steuerung von Monkey Island 4 oder Grim Fandango zurechtgekommen ist, sollte auch mit HCA nach einer Eingewöhnungszeit keine größeren Probleme mehr haben.
Adventure-Treff (May 09, 2007)
Obwohl das Spiel mit Bezug zu Andersens Biographie und seinen Märchen wirbt, werden diese leider nur fragmentarisch verarbeitet. Für Kinder ist dieses Spiel sicherlich ein längerer Zeitvertreib, Adventure-Veteranen können schon nach einem Nachmittag den Abspann betrachten. Graphisch und atmosphärisch kann das Spiel überzeugen, aber aus der Geschichte hätte sich noch mehr machen lassen. Da hier nur ein Bruchteil des Märchenfundus von Hans Christian Andersen abgedeckt wird, kann man auf eine Fortsetzung hoffen.
Adventure Europe (Jan 04, 2007)
Mit diesem Spiel rund um Hans Christian Andersen liegt ein durchaus nett gemachtes Märchen-Adventure vor, dessen Zielgruppe klar die jüngere Generation ab etwa 9 Jahren ist. Die eigentliche Geschichte steht eher im Hintergrund, es geht mehr um das Erarbeiten der sozialen Anerkennung des jungen Hans Christian Andersen in der neuen Stadt. Eindeutiges Highlight des Spieles sind die liebevoll gemachten Grafiken, welche das Kopenhagen um 1820 nachbilden. Auch die Animation der Charaktere kann sich sehen lassen. Die Hintergrundgeräusche und Sprachausgaben gehen in Ordnung, aber in Sachen Musik wird abgesehen von ein paar bekannten Klassik-Titeln kaum etwas geboten.
Anyone looking for a whimsical fairy tale of a game, suitable for the entire family, won't be disappointed with the excellent implementation of The Ugly Prince Duckling. The strengths of the game readily outweighed some of the minor annoyances. We can only hope that Guppyworks will continue their good work, and improve on the few shortcomings in TUPD, to bring us another HCA tale in the not-too-distant future.
Quandary (Jul, 2007)
What a shame that the interface is so temperamental because The Ugly Prince Duckling has lots going for it. An entertaining children's fairytale, charming graphics, cute characters and some good challenges for the younger ones. It is a game for parents to supervise or to play along with the kids rather than leaving younger players entirely to their own devices.
This is the developers’ first game. There are flaws, but there is much of which they should be proud. With some adjustments to the mechanics, their next game will be one to look forward to.
Just Adventure (Apr 19, 2007)
Even if the game is a bit frustrating due to the controls, it is still a great homage to Hans Christian Andersen. Featuring well thought-out jokes, great music, rich environments and a classic storyline it offers quality time for both adventurer and young gamers alike. The Ugly Prince Duckling is one game you must play with younger children and - if you are still in touch with your inner child - you will enjoy it just as much. You will be enchanted.
Game Over Online (Apr 18, 2007)
Of course, I’m not particularly close to the target demographic for Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Prince Duckling. I guess it’s possible that families with small children will like it better than I did. The game looks nice, the story is easy to follow, and most of the puzzles are easy to solve. But for me, the interface sinks whatever potential the game has, and I’d have to think that it would infuriate anyone playing an adventure game for the first time. So if you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure to play, I’d recommend something like Keepsake instead.
GameZone (Mar 27, 2007)
I really liked the story and the music, but was frustrated by Han’s movement. It was very irritating to have to move him forward and backward to get around things, and I would just want to quit playing. That’s not good. However, players with more patience than myself may have a better time. The theme and puzzles are fun, though! It’s too bad the game wasn’t tested more on a “player-friendly” level before release.
64 PC Gaming (May 25, 2007)
I was honestly excited to play this game when I fist started it up because of the first narration segment and the great-looking environments. It didn’t take long, though, before I became bored and disappointed. Guppyworks may have decided not to focus on the storyline and character development because of the target audience, but I believe that was a mistake. It really wasn’t challenging at all, either, but I can understand how that fits into the audience equation. The simple control problems are the game’s main downfall, which was somewhat surprising to me. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing HCA: The Ugly Prince Duckling unless they release a patch or two.
Adventure Gamers (Mar 16, 2007)
A short, easy game that unfortunately lacks the characterisation and depth that could have made it more interesting to a wider audience. Still, it should certainly be of interest to fans of Hans Christian Andersen's work.
GamingExcellence (Aug 04, 2007)
As far as adventure games go, this is definitely not one of the better ones. Even as a game made with a younger audience in mind, there are a lot of things that will test a player's patience. Whether it's the poor pathfinding, the lacklustre series of puzzles, or the shallowness of everything from the characters to the plot itself, this game is severely lacking in depth. The short length is just another problem on top of the rest. The classic Hans Christian Anderson story is a nice setting, but its use here leaves a lot to be desired.
50 (Jun 13, 2007)
Une réalisation convaincante, une ambiance de conte bien restituée, un jeu très accessible susceptible de plaire aux débutants et aux enfants, Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Andersen a d'indéniables atouts dans sa manche. Hélas, on peste continuellement contre la prise en main qui provoque quelques crises de nerfs.
The Ugly Prince Duckling isn’t particularly an awful game by any means; it is just that the design choices hinder much of the experience. The camera perspectives often hurt in knowing where you are on the screen, controls aren’t always accurate and the entire gameplay progression is terribly flawed – there’s absolutely no sense of direction, and very little to accomplish outside of executing simple errand runs. It has its moments of enjoyment, and the developers should be pleased with some of their efforts, though the issues far outweigh the positives, firmly placing The Ugly Prince Duckling as an average game.