Vivendi Universal Games on Thursday announced the release of
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, a new game for girls ages five and up. Girls help Erika prove that she is worthy to be crowned queen, with the help of Princess Anneliese (Barbie does a dual role in the game as both main characters). The game features games and puzzles that Barbie must successfully complete in order to become queen. Five different creative activities also add to the fun, like making banners, baking cakes, creating stained glass and flower gardens, and grooming a kitten. Flags, flowers and other objects can be collected as well. Barbie as the Princes and the Pauper CD-ROM ships in hybrid format for both Macs and PCs. System requirements call for a G3/300MHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher or Mac OS 9.2.1, 128MB RAM (64MB for OS 9), 24x CD-ROM, 800×600 resolution with thousands of colors, and QuickTime 6.5. The game retails for US$29.99.