A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No message here, just fighting back against an evil Queen who wants to rid the world of sweets. Some might take offense to the word "fat"; it might not be a great message.
Positive Role Models
You play as one of four character classes, and you're accompanied by a princess who can fight alongside you, but you don't know enough about these characters to determine whether they're good role models or not.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to play.
Violence & Scariness
Though cartoon-like, fantasy-based, there's a lot of violence. You'll kill many thousands of enemies, with lots of blood spilled, some gore, including strewn body parts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some light sexual innuendos by narrator, but most kids won't pick up on them.
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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.
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.
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