A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fat Princess Adventures is a combat-heavy downloadable action game with light role-playing elements. Using medieval-like weapons, such as swords, as well as magic attacks, players will kill enemies, resulting in large pools of blood and possibly hacked-off body parts. It's cartoony but possibly a concern for parents of tweens and teens. The word "fat" might be offensive for some, as obese princesses join your journey, and players can also become fat temporarily for special attacks. There's also mild innuendo from a narrator, but most kids probably won't catch it.
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What's it about?
Instead of the Red Kingdom fighting against the Blue Kingdom as in the original Fat Princess game -- a huge indie hit that debuted on the PlayStation Network a couple years ago -- both sides have banded together as Great Bitten to confront the Bitter Queen (and her goblin-like minions) before she can destroy everything sweet. In FAT PRINCESS ADVENTURES, your job is to protect and fight with Princess Plump and Princess Muffintop, as one of four character classes, each with its own skill set: Warrior, Mage, Archer, or Engineer. In this sequel, up to four friends can play together in online or offline co-op play and switch among classes on portals littered throughout the kingdom. You can also customize your character with class-specific armor, weapons, and other accessories and level up your gear over time.
Is it any good?
Though this adventure doesn't really offer anything new to the genre, it's fun, accessible, and chock-full of personality and humor. Reminiscent of co-op games such as Gauntlet, this hack-and-slash dungeon crawler is a blast to play with a few friends on the couch or online with others. The fantasy weapons and upgrades are more fun this time around, including flaming swords, multi-arrow bows, and fun magic attacks, while the non-playable princesses can heal you, join in the fight, and turn enemies into cake (or you can turn them into chickens via a magic spell). The sub-$20 download is ideal for those looking for a silly yet gratifying co-op adventure on the PS4. You don't need to have played the original game to enjoy fighting through this fun follow-up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as Fat Princess Adventures. Is the violence in the game a problem because of the blood and gore presented, or is it OK because of the cartoonish, tongue-in-cheek style of gameplay?
With obesity being such a problem, as are body issues among many girls, should a game called Fat Princess Adventures be a concern? Does it matter that all protagonists in this game can grow fat, too? Are we being too politically correct about the terms "fat," "plump," and "muffin top"?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: December 17, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Horses and Farm Animals, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Language, Crude Humor, Use of Alcohol
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