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Review - Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deekman   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 19:38

System: PSP, PS3
Price: $4.99 US (Playstation Store)

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Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess is a PSP mini platformer that has you in the shoes of the Duke, a vampire with a flair for flamboyant dramatics, looking for his lost princess. The game play is simple and the graphics are great but is it worth the $5?

The game is simple. Press X to jump, Press X again to double jump, that's it. Double jump to go higher, jump off the walls to wall jump, double jump into the escaping monsters to cause damage, 3 hits and you win. The game is a series of chase battles spanning only a half dozen levels. For every individual platform you jump to you gain a multiplier. The higher your multiplier is the more points you get when you hit the monster and the different your ending move is once you bring him down.

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The graphical style of the game is top notch blending a polished cartoon look and game play seamlessly. They're top notch and the character design really brings a lot to the table in terms of eye candy. The menus are slick and fluid allowing a quick and easy navigation between them with only a few short loading times between cut scenes.

The music sets a great tone using classical music redone with a pipe organ and sped up to make for some really intense chase music. It's surprising how well these classical tunes work in the game context and for using something we've all heard before simply changing the instrument enhances the game play. Sure it's nothing to rave about but it's well done and suits the game perfectly. The sound effects on the other hand are barely memorable there's a scary laugh here and a "whoosh" sound there but it's all very forgettable.

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The best part of the game comes from the humor. From chasing down Cthulhu to the twist ending it's all very funny and done so well you will be wishing there was more to do. After the 5 levels there's a score attack mode and awards to unlock, adding some much needed replay value to the game as you try and complete the levels and go for the gold. Getting the gold unlocks articles in your scrap book, monster info' etc and getting gold across the board nets you another secret.

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess is lot of fun but with a short level list and the repetitive nature of the game play you'll likely have the main story completed in 30 minutes (if you don't go for gold). The humor and art style carry it a long way and it's definitely one of (if not the) best Playstation Minis out right now. The biggest fault is that it feels a little incomplete, by the time you really love the adventure it's already over. The levels are so short they're borderline micro-games.

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At $5 it seems a little steep for such a small amount of repetitive content. After playing so many games from the iTunes app store with more content at a smaller price it's hard not to knock it for this. For a small time waster, something to play while you're waiting for the bus it definitely succeeds and is the only Mini I would recommend to anyone.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 19:39
 

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