Does every child sometimes imagine itself as a hero? Sure. Does every child fantasies about new magical lands full of adventures? Naturally. Does every child dream about flying? Definitely. But what is the one thought that every child has at least once in it's life? Not to grow up? Exactly!
But there is one boy who really is all these things. And you all know him. Sometimes when you go to bed and wake up in middle of the night, you can see a shadow on the wall, playing and flying. A boy’s shadow that will run off if it notices that you are looking at it or if you try to catch it. You know you don't have to be afraid, because it's Peter Pan's shadow and Peter will probably come looking for it.
The magic island of Neverland comes to life in this lovely video game. Made primarily for youngsters, this game is actually an interactive cartoon where the most important things are imagination and fun, designed in a way where you can’t make a wrong move or a mistake. The player follows the animated adventures of Peter Pan and helps Peter when he needs it. There's no way of doing something wrong, only different ways of doing something. Watching animated adventures means that game is designed to be an interactive movie - you watch an animated cartoon and perform simple tasks when required. These tasks come often so the player stays active.
As you enter your name, your paintbox is opened. This is an interesting idea of a game outfit. The gameplay takes place in the upper part of your paintbox and your paintbox pals are below. The paintbox pals are your tools for playing the game. Sally (spray), Jazz (brush), Winston (eraser) and Nick (pencil) are watching Peter's adventures with you, but when Peter needs help, some of your pals or all of them will offer their assistance. Depending on witch pal you choose, you will have different ways of handling Peter's problems. Also, choosing a pal may give you various choices in what way to use the chosen pal. So, you can either draw, paint, erase something or use a spray somewhere, and with a help of some magic, you help Peter.
Besides watching the cartoon, these different ways of helping Peter are very amusing. They will mostly result in funny and interesting situations. Sometimes the outcome of your choice will be logical and easy to guess, but sometimes it will be completely surprising, and will most likely put a smile on your face.
Clicking the sandwatch, in the lower-left corner of the screen, will bring you back to the last problem you solved. This gives you the chance to try out all the possible ways of handling the problem and let you see what the outcomes would have been. The storyline is linear, and whatever you choose won't change the way of your progress through the game. The book in the lower-right corner of the screen provides the usual options: save and load, sound options, switching player etc. Everything is very simple. The graphics are neatly done and will surely fit the taste of the youngest. Peter, together with his Lost Boys are presented as young teens. There is always something happening in the game, and everything has a colorful and cute look. The music fits the atmosphere, but unfortunately the game supports only the PC speaker.
Recommended mostly for kids, this game still may be interesting for anyone to play. Parents may also give it a try with their children. The game will best suit the youngest because of it's simplicity and easy challenges.
So, when you see someone's shadow playing around in the middle of the night, you know you don't have to be afraid.
Game works in Win XP and with VDMSound but it may run slowly. Runs perfect in DOSBox.