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Fat Princess review

Let them eat cake...

Pros

  • Beautifully crisp
  • deceptively cute
  • Deep and rewarding gameplay
  • Against/with friends
  • it's a hoot

Cons

  • Not as good played alone
  • May be too cutesy for some
  • Can get a bit unfocused

This doesn%26rsquo;t take place in a post-apocalyptic world. There%26rsquo;s no brooding score. Its characters don%26rsquo;t chomp cigars. But dismiss it at your peril. This 32-player online game expands on the %26lsquo;capture the flag%26rsquo; mode found in every multiplayer game since the introduction of broadband. But there%26rsquo;s an enjoyable tactical slant to it. For one thing, you can swap your character%26rsquo;s class on the fly by picking up different hats. Need to stop the enemy from taking over your outpost? Pick up a Ranger%26rsquo;s cap and ping an arrow into his soft bits. Need to fix your castle doors before the enemy gets in? Get your engineer hat on and start chopping wood.

You%26rsquo;ll also have to weigh up whether to apply your energies to sapping the opposing team%26rsquo;s defences or building up your own. Do you over-feed your imprisoned princess with cake or build a catapult and leap to your missing monarch%26rsquo;s rescue? It%26rsquo;s brilliantly addictive, rewarding stuff.

With so many tactical options and a maximum 16 players per team, it can get a bit unfocused: without a headset you%26rsquo;re likely to get confused. That said, we teamed up with just one mate and had a whale of a time. This is arguably Sony%26rsquo;s most interesting and quirky exclusive since Little Big Planet.

Aug 13, 2009

More Info

GenreStrategy
Description<p>You help a fat princess get fatter in this clever PlayStation Network game, which hides a surprising depth underneath its cute surface.</p>
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date:30 July 2009 (US), 30 July 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
Genre:Strategy
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