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Review: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince

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A Beautiful Game with Lackluster Puzzles

As a fan of Japanese games, I’m always open to trying out a variety of Japanese published and developed games, even the slightly lewd and questionable ones (although there’s a line.) I’m particularly a fan of a lot of the niche games published by NIS America, such as the Yomawari games, Hotaru no Nikki or any of NIS games that has either Yu Mizokami or Masayuki Furuya as character designers.

I’m always excited to see more games designed by either of them, so I was happy when The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. It really reminded me of A Rose in the Twilight, except this is less eerie and depressing. Even the puzzles were similar, except more matching of their corresponding settling.


The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
 (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [reviewed])

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher NIS America
Released: February 12, 2019
MSRP: $39.99

The game starts as it was narrating a fairy tale, introducing the prince who ventured every night into a scary forest to hear a beautiful song but little did the prince know that it was a singing wolf. However, one might he was determined to learn the identity of the singing voice with his own two eyes, so he climbed the cliff. At first, the wolf didn’t notice anything unusual until she’s didn’t hear the usual applauses after her performances. 



After some pondering, she looked down and noticed the prince was climbing the cliff. Afraid of him learning her identity, she extended her paws to cover his eyes but instead ended up attacking his eyes. Looking to amend her mistake, she went on a search of a witch who would be able to grant any wish, at the expense of something very precious.  The wolf transforms into a human princess in exchange for her singing voice—they both agreed. This starts their journey through the treacherous dangers of the forest.

 Similarly to A Rose in the Twilight, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a puzzle-platform except where you control the wolf/princess who has the power to switch between the two forms. Just like you can control the Giant in the former, you may give commands to the prince in which you aren’t able to execute in either form. However, the difference between the two titles is that this game is more of an escort mission where you protect him from harm from other nearby monsters. 

In her wolf form, she can attack enemies as well as easily fall from higher ground without worrying about taking damage or dying that can occur in her human form, thus sending you back to your latest checkpoint. You can also push blocks which are required to push activating buttons. Her human form helps you fit smaller spaces and grab the prince around, as well as give him commands such as walk certain distances by himself, grab blocks, or carry a torch later during the game. All significant commands that will help you progress. 

While the game is fun and addicting, I would hardly consider its puzzles challenging. So if you’re looking for Portal 2-esque puzzles, this game isn’t really for you. For the most part, a lot of the puzzles are common sense and easy to figure out. While you’re bound to make silly mistakes, the platforming isn’t hard either. However, the true charm of the game is its aesthetics setting and storytelling. That’s what pushes you through the game. It’s really a beautiful game. 

The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is an enjoyable game with nice storytelling, settings, soundtrack, and aesthetics. These games are mostly appreciated and aimed for a niche audience, and due to the basic level of puzzle-platforming, it’s hard to recommend it to any fan of that genre. If you’re fan of Masayuki Furuya or cute storytelling, then this game is a must, otherwise, I suggest to look elsewhere.  

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince reviewed by Christian Chiok

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GOOD

Solid and definitely has an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures


 


 


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