Princess Princess

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Princess Princess

Release Date: 5/4/2012 (original version released in 2011)

This review is for Episode 1.5, which despite being hosted on the same gamepage as the original Princess Princess, appears to be a side game and is not anything like the original Princess Princess.

Princess Princess was the first rpg maker vx ace game released in english, created using a hacked trial version of the program. Episode 1.5 is released months later, with a graphical overhaul that features a beautiful looking skin for the main menu, particle and lighting effects on the map. The battle system is a mismash of various systems by different scripters, but the graphical skin is truly a sight to behold with minor details like enemies shaking when you hit them (and your actors’ portraits shake when they get hit) really enhancing the experience. The actual battle gameplay is also engaging and not your typical attack button mash, as you still have to think when engaging in enemies. However, some battles can catch you off guard, like the lucky fairy which can one shot your party (you’re supposed to run away).

Unfortunately I didn’t get beyond the first map because the boss fight is ridiculous. After managing to get the boss down to half health, he started one-shotting partymembers with 150+ damage attacks.

Princess Princess episode 1.5 is a fun game that many should play on easy mode (I used normal). I did not play beyond what I described above but I’m sure it continues to maintain the same quality.

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Review Score Guide

nullnullnullnullnull – A legendary gaming experience that is the cream of the crop. Better than most commercial games.

nullnullnullnull – Great game. Does everything right. Utilizes lots of custom resources well. Engaging story. Gameplay on par with classic 16-bit/32-bit JRPGs.

nullnullnull – Good game that may simply plateau at this level because it can’t achieve greatness without an overhaul. Good use of RTP and/or custom resources. Good story. Fun gameplay.

nullnull – Mediocre game that has a lot of flaws and problems preventing it from being good.

null – Poor game with no hope of salvaging. Typically uses all RTP. Bad or non-existant story. Horrible gameplay mechanics.