Code of Princess EX

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy action remake has skimpy clothes, outdated graphics.

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Positive Messages

The story is about monsters overtaking the earth, and a group of fighters who vow to save the planet. Essentially, gameplay boils down to a standard good vs. evil tale.

Positive Role Models & Representations

On one hand, Princess Solange of DeLuxia is brave and noble because she wants to restore order to the world and protect the human race from monsters. But the Princess and others use weaponry and magic to kill countless enemies, plus she dresses provocatively, limiting her positive impact.

Ease of Play

The game's easy to control and starts off slowly, so you can get a hang of the fighting mechanics before you consider an online match against other human opponents. 

Violence

While there's no blood or gore, gameplay focuses heavily on fantasy combat. You and your party will use a sword, knives, kicks/punches, and sometimes magic to defeat monsters, ghouls, and insect-like creatures. Enemies may cry out in pain and fall once defeated.

Sex

Female characters are dressed provocatively. The main character and others wear low-cut tops that expose large amounts of cleavage, plus some show parts of their buttocks in short shorts. You can, at times, see breasts bounce up and down when characters are standing still.

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Consumerism

Code of Princess EX is based on a previously released Nintendo 3DS game.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Code of Princess EX is an action brawler with some role-playing elements for the Nintendo Switch. The female protagonist and her associates vow to protect their kingdom from a monster onslaught. Using mostly melee weapons (swords, knives) and magic, you'll fight creatures until their health meter has depleted, although there's no blood or gore shown. Many of the female fighters, including the main protagonist, wear revealing clothing that show large amounts of cleavage and buttocks, and their breasts jiggle up and down in an exaggerated fashion.  

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What's it about?

CODE OF PRINCESS EX is a remake of a 3DS game released in 2012. It's an action game that focuses mostly on hack-and-slash combat with some role-playing game (RPG) elements like character advancement, customization, and quest choices. The story follows Princess Solange of DeLuxia, as she vows to protect the hapless kingdom from monsters who are trying to take over the land. By partnering with allies, each with their own skills and abilities, Princess Solange will defend the kingdom using her huge sword, knives, and projectile magic attacks. This game features more than 50 different playable characters, which can be accessed in various modes-- including Campaign, Free Play, Bonus Quests, and online multiplayer options. This updated version also has improved graphics along with wireless multiplayer support for up to four people.

Is it any good?

This action role-playing game (RPG) is deeper than it looks, but its repetitive gameplay and outdated graphics mean it'll appeal to a limited group of gamers. Even if you've had some hands-on time with the original game, Code of Princess EX has had some refinements in the Campaign mode to take advantage of the Switch controls. Players start off with the Princess and will begin to court others who can aid in your fight. Before you know it, you'll be fighting more (and tougher) enemies, and will string together moves to inflict serious damage. As you advance, you'll gain experience and money to beef up your characters, which lets you customize them to suit your play style. It's one of those games you can pick up and play for a few minutes whenever you've got some time and quickly get back into the action.

Now, if you can find someone else with the game, this remix offers both cooperative and competitive local/online multiplayer modes. But it can be tough to find others to play with online through its lobby screen, so local wireless with a friend may be easier to set up. All this said, the action can get repetitive after a short while. Audio levels are too loud and dialog tracks play on top of each other. Also, the visuals -- while updated over the older 3DS version -- don't look that great (especially when the Switch is docked with a TV). While the 3D models against the 2D background, delivering a charming retro art style, and complimented by hand-drawn story sequences, it still shows its age.Overall, gamers who enjoy repetitive hack-and-slash brawlers will appreciate its depth as well as its large cast of characters, missions, and modes. But players looking for a game that will engage or captivate them or their friends for hours may want to look elsewhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sex, gender, and body image. Why do you think the women in Code of Princess EX are objectified with skimpy clothing and exaggerated animation of their physiques? Do they need to wear skimpy clothing, or could they wear more sensible clothing and be just as effective?

  • Is the impact of the violence in Code of Princess EX lessened because no blood or gore is shown? Would it be intensified if there were more graphic imagery included?

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