Fat Princess Review

The name itself should illustrate a little of what’s in store for you. At first glance it may appear to be a ‘cute’ child’s game but play for a minute and watch blood and gore splatter upon each kill and you’ll see it’s anything but. The blood and gore can be turned off to display confetti upon each kill to make it more suitable for younger ages. The censorship is a nice addition for parents and those looking for something different in the game.

The concept of the primary game mode, called ‘Rescue The Princess,’ is basically capture the flag with a twist. Each of the two teams must work together on a symmetrically balanced map to break into the enemy’s castle and rescue the princess from the dungeon. Once the princess is rescued they must hold onto both princesses for a short amount of time before reaching victory. Teamwork is essential as both sides can feed the princess cake to fatten her up and make her harder to carry. With multiple people breaking in, they can help carry the princess and speed up the process of returning her to the castle.

There are six classes to choose from, each with it’s own perks. A few details on these classes are listed at the bottom of the page.

The story mode, consisting of six levels, takes on a storybook approach. You hear the story from the side of the red team as they fight against the blue team. ‘The Legend of the Fat Princess’ is an interesting short tale read in a children’s story fashion but just like the game itself it doesn’t hold back on the violent images. Though with the possible exception for the word “bloody” there is no offensive language to note in this story.

As noted, the game has a certain style to it. The art direction is recognizable and the music is up to par. I often find myself loading up the game just to listen to the music as I write. There is definitely an attraction to the game, perhaps it is the combination of such sense of childhood mixed with our appetite for violence. It is a pleasure to see the little details of the game and laugh. Offline is called ‘Play With Yourself’ and the unexpected boldness of the game makes for one he!! of an experience.

There are five game modes, the aforementioned Rescue The Princess mode, Snatch ‘n Grab, Team Deathmatch, Invasion, and Soccer. Snatch ‘n Grab is similar to Rescue The Princess in that you have to break into the enemy castle but rather than a rescue you work to capture the enemy princess three times. Team Deathmatch is the basic Team Deathmatch style where your team has to get the most kills to win. Invasion is a game mode where you have to hold on to the most towers for the longest amount of time. Last and probably least is Soccer, this game, unlike the others, doesn’t function very well. The ball is difficult to control and chaos looms as you make the effort to make a goal. There is only one map for this mode but it doesn’t matter as you probably won’t be playing it very much.

Speaking of maps, there are eight which work for all other modes. Each map provides its own small intricate details such as the rising and lowering of water and lava. There are little ‘secrets’ in the game that may not at first be noticed which provide an extra layer of depth to the game. There are both fairly large and small maps with each map providing different levels of strategy.

Online is a great aspect of the game. Being a PSN title, it’s no surprise to find many people involved in the online action. The battles take place in the same 16 vs 16 battles of the story. Each battle is different and victory is much more enjoyable when you know you actually have to beat real people to get there. Of course if you don’t like it or can’t log on anymore then you can always ‘Play With Yourself’ in ‘Mess About’ against bots or ‘Imaginary Friends’ as they are called.

Note: Patch 1.06 adds co-op with up to three other people in the same room. It’s as easy as pressing start to join or exit. This adds loads of fun for families and local gaming with friends.

Fat Princess is an interesting mash-up between a cartoon style friendly game and a havoc reeking war. It provides rich comedic elements and a surprisingly deeper level of gameplay not shown on the surface. The maps vary, the modes are great, and online is an exciting aspect of the game. For only fifteen dollars this drives quite a bargain for both the casual gamer and those with an aficionado for stronger gameplay elements.

 

Details on the Classes

Once upgraded, a class can be switched back with the press of the triangle button. All classes can use charged attacks as well as regular attacks.

Villager

The villager is the default class when spawned. The villager is the fastest, allowing you to pick up hats quickly since he is also the weakest. His attack is a slap that can stun enemies and cause them to drop what they are carrying (like the princess, ore, or wood). The villager cannot be upgraded.

 

Worker

The worker, perhaps the most important class of all, can gather wood and metal to upgrade each class and build ladders and siege tools to enter the enemy castle. The worker uses a hatchet to attack but can be upgraded to throw bombs.

 

 

 

Warrior

The warrior with sword and shield can block enemy attacks, slash with his sword, and comes with the most health out of all the characters. He can be upgraded to have a stronger attack.

 

 

 

Ranger

The ranger is balanced overall with medium range, movement, and health. He can be upgraded to use a strong gun with a slower rate of fire.

 

 

 

 

Mage

The mage can shoot fire and cast an area of effect spell by charging up the attack to burn all enemies within range. The mage can be upgraded to use an ice spell that slows down the enemy, it’s area of effect spell can freeze opponents for a short amount of time.

 

 

 

Priest

The priest serves as the basic medic, healing allies during battle. The upgraded version of the priest, the dark priest, can drain enemies down to a one-hit kill and can scramble opponents movements with an area of effect spell.

 

 

 

 

For information on the Fat Roles Downloadable Content be sure to check out my post: Fat Princess: Fat Roles DLC

This game is rated T for Blood and Gore, Cartoon Violence. See ersb.org for more information.

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