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The other complaint centers on narration. In the Read-A-Story, the storyteller does little to change his voice to match the character, which makes the audio track a bit flat. In Create-A-Story mode, there seems to be more vocal inflections.

Additional VTech Disney Create-A-Story book releases ($19.99 for each pack and a cartridge) include “Disney Princess: Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty,” “Finding Nemo,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Cars.”

Game Bytes

Here’s an abbreviated look at some multimedia items for the entire family:

mSpace Chimps (for Xbox 360, Brash Entertainment, $49.99)- This average computer-animated movie, not surprisingly has translated into a run-of-the-mill third-person action adventure. Based on 20th Century Fox’s current box office bomb, the game drops a single player into an alien world where he switches between control of two chimps, each with unique capabilities.

Ham gets the muscle in the game (big punches) while Luna hooks up with technology (butterfly wings and a critter on her wrist that shoots goo) as they traverse a repetitive group of environmental obstacle courses, from jumping on rock formations to crossing roaring waterways to scooting across walls.

Catering to a targeted demographic of about 7 years old, developers offer decent-quality cut scenes mixed with a pixel-puttering design more fit for an Xbox rather than its more powerful successor. Also, with little back story, only fans of the film will care why they are fighting an onslaught of Whoville-type creatures as they escape hostile terrain.

Half-hearted cooperative and versus modes are relegated to a few arcade-style shooting games guaranteed to cause thumb cramping, but clearly this overpriced journey is only for the most stalwart of movie fans.

I’ll admit I’m spoiled. Compared to the production values and creativity seen in games such as Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E, and that’s not saying a lot, Space Chimps is mediocre monkey business.

mNancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society (for DS, Majesco, $19.99) - The famed female sleuth’s second outing on Nintendo’s sensitive hand-held system is another third-person mystery enhanced with minigames.

Nancy finds herself competing for membership in a secret club represented by the world’s greatest detectives. Her ultimate assignment involves finding a book with secrets that could destroy the world.

Obviously developed for the younger casual gaming gal, the adventure is a series of logical explorations, character interactions and puzzles compiled in a nine-chapter story.

Clues are easily found, even marked with exclamation points, as the player walks and drives Nancy (she also gets a snowmobile and a boat) in and around the Voltaire Mansion.

It’s often an eye-exhausting experience - players walk Nancy around and around until she stumbles upon triggers to continue the story.

A mix of sound puzzles, cryptographs, mechanical conundrums and pattern brainteasers are planted throughout.

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