Over the weekend I decided to try out â€˜Fat Princessâ€™ on the Playstation 3. Fat Princess puts together two groups of players against each other in a comic style medieval battle and with each group having to rescue their princess whilst keeping hold of the enemies, it kind of reminded me of â€˜Capture the flagâ€™ but done with oversized princesses. Which in itself sounds pretty straight forward, but then you realize there is a small catch, or rather a big one.
The enemy has been stuffing her with pieces of cake and as a result she is becoming bigger and bigger. This will cause problems, as the princess will become weighed down and it will take some team work to rescue her and carry her over the battlefield. Mind you, theres nothing stopping you from feeding their princess into obesity.
Thereâ€™s a choice between roles your player can adopt. By changing your hat at the hat machine, or by picking up hats from fallen warriors on the battlefield, you can choose between 5 different classes such as Worker, Warrior, Ranger, Mage and Priest. Each role has their own place on the battlefield. Mages and Priests provide the support with either healing spells or damage inflicting spells. The Ranger is best used from a distance, although his charged shot can be quite devastating. The Warrior has more health than all other roles and is happiest in the thick of the action. The worker begins the game collecting resources for upgrades and collecting cake to feed to the enemy princess. After upgrading, the worker becomes equipped with bombs making him a devastating warrior in his own right. This game takes a lot of time to adjust to as it is quite frantic, but fun at the same time. Itâ€™s about timing, co-operation and team work. You have to keep an eye on everything, but you can do so much at the same time such as flinging another player over the enemies walls, healing each other or gathering your team players to assist with the carrying of the princess. As you work together you can gather resources to upgrade your weapons and castle defenses. Upgrading the hat machines allow the different classes more choice in weaponry. It was quite comical as I raced from one side of the screen making a quick dash across the battlefield armored up as a warrior to carrying pieces of cake that were scattered across the land for me to deliver to the captured enemyâ€™s princess. I enjoyed making her bigger and bigger as she was crammed in this tiny cage. I quite liked the various weapons, such as swords, bows, magic spells and bombs, you can use during combat and the option of capturing the Outposts.
I thought the graphics were great and it was fast and fun as I did my best to try and grab the enemies princess from the castle. There is great whimsical music in the background and the voices of the soldiers sound great. The option to taunt your opponent was fun, made even better by hearing the catchphrase of FPS Doug from Pure Pwnage, “Boom, Headshot”. Classic. Itâ€™s not the easiest of games Iâ€™ve played, because when you first start up the game it really drops you in at the deep end and you have to think fast on your feet and quickly. Once I had played it a few more times, I quite happily enjoyed killing the enemy and making attempts to enter the castle. There are eight unique levels and the option to battle bots in the Gladiator Arena. Multiplayer mode is where the game really shines though, with different modes and up to 32 other players, the frantic action can quickly make hours disappear. Iâ€™m looking forward to knowing more about the story of the fat princess as I progress through the game. Maybe she ate more cake and exploded, who knows. Itâ€™s definitely worth downloading exclusively from the Playstation network if you fancy a bit of fun. Itâ€™s not easy, but youâ€™ll get the hang of it. Imagine CounterStrike â€˜Capture the flagâ€™, but this time in comic style graphics and you have a fat princess instead of a flag. Lots of fun, but highly frustrating at times.