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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In this game, cursed cake is an addictive food, which causes the princesses to gain excessive amounts of weight.
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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".
Is It Any Good?
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.
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