Friday, 06 April 2018 14:24

REVIEW: Penny-Punching Princess (Nintendo Switch)

Written by StacefaceMayhem
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Unfortunately, money makes the world go-round, and while we say money can’t buy happiness, geez it's hard to do a lot of things that make me happy without it. Money truly is the route of all evil, so it was only a matter of time, that a clued-on developer would pick up on that as an idea for the perfect adversary.

“Penny-Punching Princess” new to Nintendo Switch by NIS America, embraces this concept. While being a very indie, RPG, dungeon crawler type game, something we have seen a million times from devs, it has so many qualities that shine.

You jump straight in the shoes of our titular hero, a penniless princess (and also her unlockable zombie sister) on a mission to rid her lands of her greedy enemies, revenge her father’s death and restore her kingdom any means possible, whether it be with her fists or her bank account. Much like real life, she is in a fight against the rise of capitalism, because also much like real life, even freedom can be bought with enough hard earnt cash. Just like the official NIS America says “ An era has come where even a level 1 pleb can defeat a tyrant as long as they have the money”. With the help of her trustedmbutler, a beetle named Sebastian, and other friends you are guided through the mechanics and levels to defeat many bosses and their trove of minions.

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Very much like “Enter The Gungeon” a cult classic, Penny Punching Princess’s gameplay is very much entering areas and clearing the enemies in the standard roll, close quarter punch and bash'em up sort of style. While a slower pace than Enter The Gungeon, this game has something unique added; the fact you can bribe enemies into submission. With the right amount of cash, and your little calculator, you can bribe your way past gates, for enemies to fight for you or just simply to get them out of your way. If you have enough moola in the wallet, you can even reverse game overs, and kick off right where you left off. Be warned though, only the princess character can use this device. Despite being a tricky mechanic to master at first because it can be hard to use during a battle since it doesn’t pause the battles, it was a really cool different to most games similar.

The RPG elements comes into play when your coinage starts accumulating between battles. Through, the use of the workshop and training centres, you can upgrade skills and create your own armours with their own exclusive abilities. These however are only accessible if you have bribed enough enemies to leave the dark side and become an outstanding citizen of your own empire. This adds a somewhat irritable grindy element to the game.

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The game utilises the Switch’s capabilities somewhat quite well, with it giving you the option to use the touchscreen or button control for overall play. While button control is normally more ideal, I actually preferred using the touch screen when using the calculator, which is quite clumsy with the D-pad.

Visually the game is nothing special, but still the endearing pixel art, we have all grown so accustomed to loving these sort of games. In saying that though, the colours are bright, the characters adorable, and the backgrounds well mapped out and detailed. The music upbeat, also compliments the game’s high energy play.

Overall, “Penny Punching Princess” is a fun and quirky game that certainly adds something difference to the typical dungeon crawler genre. While addictive at times, the difficulty can spike at times when the necessity to grind for gear comes into play, however this is one of the many room sweeping games on the market I didn’t mind adding to my collection.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: April 13th, 2018
  • Platform: PS Vita, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
  • Genre: Role-Playing, Fighting