Fat Princess

Common Sense Media says

Bloody but funny game makes obesity a game-changing trait.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

With childhood obesity linked to sedentary lifestyles which some link to excessive game playing, parents are right to be concerned about how obesity is portrayed in games. This game uses fatness as a play mechanic. The overweight princesses, who are compelled to eat a magically cursed cake, are neither celebrated nor mocked; their weight is used as a deterrent to carrying them. However, part of the play involves feeding these princesses to keep them fat. Also concerning is that the game’s two kingdoms try to solve all of their disagreements through war. Still, the game is intentionally humorous; it’s unlikely that its makers intended to seriously suggest that violence is the answer to all problems.

Positive role models

Most of the characters are tiny warriors without much personality. Their only objectives are to kill enemies, kidnap and rescue princesses, and build simple devices to help them accomplish same. The princesses themselves are depicted as being addicted to a cursed cake that makes them obese, and their fathers are war-mad monarchs.

Ease of play

The controls are simple to get the hang of, but the game’s surprising depth means it will take most players a couple of hours to understand the benefits and disadvantages of various character classes, the objectives of each game mode, and how to build devices and upgrade hat machines.

Violence

Players fight each other with bows, spears, blunderbusses, swords, fire, and other weapons. Huge pools of bright red blood and tiny body parts constantly litter the ground. It’s all rendered with very cartoony graphics, which makes the violence more humorous than gritty, but it can still be somewhat shocking.

Sex

You can see the titular princess’ cleavage, and the song that plays during the credits is Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “I Like Big Butts”, which contains several sexual references. Other bits of mild, often humorous sexual innuendo are scattered throughout, such as the menu item for solo modes, which reads: “Play with yourself.”

Language

Not an issue.

Consumerism

Not an issue.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In this game, cursed cake is an addictive food, which causes the princesses to gain excessive amounts of weight.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this online medieval shooter/brawler uses obesity as a play mechanic. In this humorous world of war-mongering Kings, their daughters eat cursed cake which creates an insatiable hunger for the sweet confection to the point that they become obese. These portly princesses are neither celebrated nor mocked but they do become so heavy that they are difficult to carry; and consequently, their obesity is a strategic plus or minus depending on whether you want them to stay with you or if you are trying to steal them back. And you become involved in feeding them. With childhood obsesity rates on the rise, parents need to evaluate whether this play mechanic is something appropriate within their family. Also relevant is the amount of blood and gory violence depicted in the cartoon world. Players use a variety of weapons and magic spells to kill their enemies, resulting in big, bright red pools of blood and body parts strewn across the screen. Note, too, that there is some sexual innuendo in the lyrics of the closing credits song, Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “I Like Big Butts”.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

FAT PRINCESS, a downloadable game available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 through Sony’s PlayStation Network, is an online brawler/shooter played from a top-down perspective. Players take control of tiny cartoonish soldiers belonging to several classes (such as warrior, priest, or ranger) and try to accomplish a variety of objectives. Depending on their character’s abilities, players might spend their time building bridges, gates, and trampolines, harvesting resources to upgrade each class, rescuing or kidnapping princesses, healing others, or simply attacking enemy troops. There are several multiplayer game modes, as well as a short single-player campaign that acts as a tutorial and explains why the titular princesses are obese (they’re addicted to a cursed cake) and why the two kingdoms are fighting.

Is it any good?

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There’s no denying the humor in Fat Princess. The cartoonish graphics, though decidedly bloody, will evoke laughs from older players, as will the witty pop culture-referencing taunts uttered by the tony soldiers, such as “Fracking toaster!” (BattleStar Galactica), “I’m going to cut you into little pieces like the ice-truck killer!” (Dexter), and “I’ll bite your legs off!” (Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

What’s more, the game play is marvelously deep for a downloadable game. While the concept of feeding someone to purposely make them obsese is disturbing, in this world it happens because the cake is cursed and creates an unstoppable craving. Whether you’re collecting bits of cake to feed your princess to make her heavy and difficult for the enemy to carry away or building strategic entry points (like trampolines) into enemy castles, there’s no shortage of things to do. However, the game’s cartoonish look will almost certainly attract younger players, and may lead their parents to think that it’s okay for them to play. Make no mistake; this is not a game suitable for pre-teens.

Online interaction: This is a predominantly online game that facilitates open voice communication between all players. With the right group it can make for a very pleasant social experience. However, a few bad eggs can spoil the experience. Players can mute those who bother them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about weight issues and societal perceptions of those who are obese. The game depicts its princesses as being addicted to a cursed cake, but is it possible to become addicted to real, non-cursed food? Do you think that the game handled its obese characters with tact, or do think it would make overweight players feel humiliated? Can you think of other games that feature obese characters? What sort of roles do obese characters typically fill in interactive entertainment?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$14.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:July 30, 2009
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:T for Blood and Gore, Cartoon Violence, Lyrics (PlayStation 3)

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Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

turn blood and gore off (in settings)

I got this game yesterday. When I first played it, I didn't like the blood and gore but I looked at the "Settings" and you can turn it OFF! I was like...YES!!!!!! I really like this game :) My favorite "class" is "worker" because I upgrade everything and build things to help get to the other castle faster. You also don't have to fight as much...and right now...I'm not that great at the fighting...haha! I love this game! But I recommend turning the "blood and gore" OFF!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old May 6, 2011
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10
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Blood amounts are like Fairytale Fights.

It is a very fun arcade game that has very good Online Interaction where you can play with up to 52 Players. It isn't too bad. The blood amounts is really the only thing to be concerned about in this game , Apart from that there is no content that seems to be Inappropriate.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 13 and 19 year old Written byreaperkiller117 September 10, 2009
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14
QUALITY
 

Despite it's T rating, the game was made for mature audiences.

Look, before I say anything I have to say this game isn't made for kids, even though it is rated T it is made for adult audiences. The game is VERY bloody, a lot of kids will try to get their parents to buy them this game but, don´t, at leats not if they are around 14 or 15, besides that it is a great game, very easy to play and lasts a long time, the game is very simple, you can play solo, or play online, but really its both the same thing but the solo is with bots. The best and most important game would be the princesses, you start out with the other team's princess in your castle and you have to prevent the other team from taking her back to their castle, you also have to feed her with cake to make her fatter, and making it harder for the other team to carry her, you also have to do the same thing to the other team. There's also a capture the flag, team deathmatch and a bloody soccer game. Also, you can change how much blood there is in the game, theres 3 options: No blood, Just Blood, and Blood and Gore. This being said parents will also think this is a good thing...its not. yes, you can change it but, there's no password to protect your kid from changing it. They have said that this is why it's not rated M, because you can take the blood out, well it should be the other way around, it should be rated M just because you have the option to put an awful lot of blood in it. Believe it or not there's a lot of crazy people in this website that will say in every M game that the game is ok for an 8 year old, don't trust ANYONE you don't know in real life that tells you it ok for an 8 year old to play an M game, unless you know them and trust them.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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