A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Both included games' stories unfold in a fantasy netherworld, where most of the characters are "demons." While it features some very broad good-versus-evil themes, they primarily exist to support the combat-focused gameplay.
Positive Role Models
The protagonists are represented as disposable, minion-like creatures who might appear brave, but are actually being forced to put their lives at risk by their evil ruler.
Ease of Play
The controls are relatively simple and straightforward to learn, but the challenge can be quite steep. These games' original releases were notorious for their level of difficulty, and the remaster has done little to remedy that.
Violence & Scariness
There's lots of combat, including stabbing and explosions, but it's all very cartoon-y with no blood or gore. The Prinnies have access to a "Prinnykaze" move, which sees several of them sacrificing themselves to execute a powerful attack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The animated female characters are somewhat sexualized, donning skimpy clothes and showing plenty of skin. The second installment's storyline involves the Prinnies recovering their female overlord's stolen panties.
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While not frequent or excessive, moderately inappropriate language, including "crap," "hell," and "badass" is used.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a spin-off of the larger Disgaea series, which features several titles available for purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prinny 1+2: Exploded and Reloaded is a remastered compilation containing a pair of 2D, side-scrolling platform games for the Nintendo Switch. They unfold in a fantasy netherworld, where the penguin-like Prinnies serve Etna, a sort of demon goddess overlord. The games leverage dark, juvenile humor and cartoon-like visuals to tell their stories. Etna, and other female characters, wear skimpy, suggestive clothing, and sometimes use foul language, including "hell," "crap," and "badass." The second game's quest involves retrieving Etna's stolen underwear. The Prinnies use knives and other attacks, including a suicidal "Prinnykaze" power, but the combat doesn't contain blood or gore. The controls are easy to learn and use, but some of the platforming challenges are extremely difficult. Both installments include difficulty settings, but while these ease a bit of the challenge, they don't do much to ease the frustration some players might experience during the more trying stretches.
Is It Any Good?
Equipped with bat wings, peg legs, and an annoying penchant for saying "Dood," Prinnies aren't the most obvious candidates to star in their own series of platform games. Still, the adorable demons in Prinny 1+2: Exploded and Reloaded pack an undeniable charm, one that earned Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? and Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! a cult following when they were released in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The cute creatures' unorthodox appeal endures in this remaster, which again invites players to run, jump, slash, and detonate through clever, fantasy-inspired side-scrolling stages. Further complemented by cheeky humor, imaginative enemy encounters, and a few fresh features -- like the freedom to tackle levels in any order you choose -- Exploded and Reloaded has all the makings of a fun platforming romp.
While the package brings back the originals' best qualities -- as well as a slightly enhanced visual presentation -- it also retains its flaws. Most notably, the games' unforgiving jumping mechanics return, making the platforming challenges scarier than any of the netherworld's demonic denizens. Levels frequently call on you to land precise jumps, which is at odds with the rigid controls. And that's before you fill the screen with distracting obstacles, hazards, and enemies. A variety of difficulty settings and frequent checkpoints soften the blow some, but still provide little comfort when the same, tedious stretch steals 15 or so of your lives. Boss battles are similarly uneven; a handful of these level-capping encounters showcase the games at their absolute best, but just as many will try your patience over the course of repeated, untimely deaths. Prinny 1+2's charmingly bizarre personality and dark fairytale-inspired presentation is engaging, but don't expect your descent into the netherworld to be all sunshine, lollipops, and exploding characters, as the game's unfair difficulty is often its most formidable foe.
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