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’t take place in a post-apocalyptic world. There’s no brooding score. Its characters don’t chomp cigars. But dismiss it at your peril. This 32-player online game expands on the ‘capture the flag’ mode found in every multiplayer game since the introduction of broadband. But there’s an enjoyable tactical slant to it. For one thing, you can swap your character’s class on the fly by picking up different hats. Need to stop the enemy from taking over your outpost? Pick up a Ranger’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’ll also have to weigh up whether to apply your energies to sapping the opposing team’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’s rescue? It’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’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’s most interesting and quirky exclusive since Little Big Planet.

Aug 13, 2009

More Info

GenreStrategy
DescriptionYou help a fat princess get fatter in this clever PlayStation Network game, which hides a surprising depth underneath its cute surface.
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date30 July 2009 (US), 30 July 2009 (UK)