The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Review – By Sophia aged 10
- Developer:Nippon Ichi Software
- Publisher:Nippon Ichi Software
- Genre: Single player side scrolling 2d
- Release Date:12/2/19
- Platforms: PS Vita/PS4/Switch
- Reviewed on: PS4
- Game Supplied by: Publisher
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince follows the tale of two lonely hearts brought together through a mutal misunderstanding. In it, you control the wolf, disguised as a princess, who guides the blind prince through a perilous forest in search of the witch capable of restoring his sight. The forest is home to a number of hostile creatures intent on ending your journey prematurely, as well as hazardous traps that put the prince in danger.
Switch between wolf and princess form to dispatch your foes, and guide the prince carefully as a princess to ensure his safety, in search of a fairytale ending.
• Unleash Your Inner Monster – Transform at will from a princess into a wolf to guide the blind prince towards a cure. Weave through the dangerous forest, but be careful… A blind prince has no place in an all-seeing forest.
• Brute Strength Meets Sharp Wit – Various obstacles will require the wolf’s strength, and others will require the princess’s wit. With so many traps and perilous hurdles that await, can the two make it safely to their final destination?
• Lost Pages from a Forgotten Tale – With each delicate petal comes a fragment of memories shared by the wolf and the prince. Collect them along your journey and paint a vivid story of friendship, love, and loss
The story starts with a wolf who sang atop a hill each night. A Prince came across the beautiful voice and started to come each night. One night, the Prince was curious how the wolf looked, and he climbed up the hill. The wolf didn’t want the Prince to see him, so she tried to cover his eyes but the wolf accidentally scratched his eyes, blinding him in the process.
The Prince’s parents were so ashamed of their blind son that they locked him up in a prison cell. After the wolf found out, she went to the witch of the forest to turn herself human so she could bring the prince and heal his eyes. The witch agreed, but on one condition – the wolf must give up her singing voice and so your journey begins through combat and puzzles, to lead the blind Prince to the Witch to heal his eyes.
The artwork is simple yet cute, and the characters designs are lovely. The backgrounds are really nice, and makes it look a little 3D. There are things such as trees that seem closer to the screen than everything else, like it’s in front of your characters, not only behind and some things seem to pop out a little more than other things in the background, so it’s not just one layer. The animation is a little stiff and I think more care could have gone into it.
So although the graphics are simple, they are done in such a cute and very good way that the game looks like a moving art picture.
The music is very relaxing and has a very Japanese tone and instruments, and could easily help you sleep. The sound effects fit in quite well to what they are supposed to be and sound realistic. For example the footstep sounds are realistic, as is the slashing sound of the wolf when attacking.
This 2D puzzle and platforming game isn’t really that different or new compared to other games like it. It’s not very combat based, although it still has enemies.
The challenge of the game is you have to direct the Prince, but he can only move when holding the princess’s hand and instructed to do so, while the Princess can also turn into a wolf to fight enemies and defend the Prince. The combat is very basic, with just one slash attack.
The other aspect of the game is the puzzles. These are mainly balance, moving objects and timing movement puzzles. Basically you just have to figure out how to get the Prince from one side of the screen to the next.
The controls can be very enraging at certain points, for example holding the princes hand while jumping is a pain. You have to hold down square (or a different named button, depending what you’re playing on) while you press x, so your thumb is resting diagonally on the buttons, which is quite uncomfortable. Also, the Prince and Princess dont have very much hp (health points). If the Prince is hit once, ONCE, it’s game over. It’s not so bad when falling from heights, yet is still very annoying.
Overall, despite the awkward controls, this is a very enjoyable little game. It’s delightful to look at and listen to, and most of the time it’s fun to play. There are just a few frustrating moments, be it controls or hard puzzles, that let the game down, and it’s not really that different to any other games like it.