PIECE OF CAKE
Fat Princess Adventures
NEW AND IMPROVED FORMULA Tasked to pick up where the original Fat Princess left off in 2009 is Fat Princess
Adventures. But instead of being an often-time chaotic, largescale multiplayer game like its predecessor was, Fat Princess
Adventures has decided to tone down the mayhem by being a conventional RPG, albeit one that nevertheless still allows you to play in co-op with three of your other friends.
As with most action RPGs, you’ll first need to create your own character before you embark on your journey to save the titular Fat Princess from the game’s main antagonist, the Bitter Queen. You’ll be given the usual slew of character customization options, which include gender, skin tone, hair style, eye color, and personality. There are five distinct personality types to choose from: Hero, Emo, Zen Master, Clown, and Evil Genius, each with their own unique set of phrases that your character will quip sporadically throughout the game. What you don’t have to contemplate about, though, is the hero class of your character. While there are four in total – Warrior, Mage, Engineer, and Archer, you’ll be able to freely switch between them at any checkpoints that are scattered across the map. TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY Unfortunately, the core gameplay mechanics of Fat
Princess Adventures is a little too repetitious and uninspiring for our liking. We could easily complete levels by mindlessly mashing the attack button, whilst constantly circling enemies like vultures would to an animal carcass. You don’t actually need to worry about whether you’re capable of taking down enemy mobs – just thumb the analog stick towards their direction, start spamming the attack button, and pray for the best.
There’s no need for you to worry about dying, because you won’t be penalized in any way for it. While you’ll automatically respawn at the last checkpoint, your gameplay progress will actually continue from the point where you died, and not from your ‘last saved checkpoint’ as with most action RPGs these days.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to boss fights. You’ll have to start from scratch once you die, but don’t worry, the boss fights in Fat Princess Adventures are extremely formulaic. Take the first boss as an example. You’ll only be able to injure him once you’ve filled up and activated your ‘Awesome Sauce’ bar, which is done by hacking and slashing away at the monsters that would conveniently appear at – and for – your disposal.
Lackluster gameplay mechanics notwithstanding, credit should be given to the developer of Fat Princess
Adventures for being able to conjure a cute and cuddly game world that’s invitingly sprightly and vibrant. It’s one that’s genuinely a sight for sore eyes, considering that most modern day games have a strange penchant for being depressingly dark and gloomy.
Fat Princess Adventures is a bright and colorful action RPG that’s regrettably a little too rudimentary to appeal to serious fans of the genre.