The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
By Jeff Haynes,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Bittersweet, engrossing fairy tale, but puzzles can annoy.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Themes of sacrifice, love, redemption, and kindness to others are scattered throughout the plot.
Positive Role Models
The Prince and Princess are both kind hearted characters stuck in tragic circumstances. As the Princess, players act as a character that hides her true nature from the Prince out of remorse and love. She also struggles with her nature, but is willing to sacrifice everything and endanger herself for him.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is very easy to grasp and handle across stages, but some puzzles can be surprisingly tricky to figure out, especially when trying to control both characters and triggering switches. There’s an option to skip stages, but it also becomes increasingly trickier to use over time.
Violence & Scariness
The Princess can turn into a wolf to defeat numerous creatures with her claws. Artistic looking splashes fly from enemies that could be considered “blood” but enemies disappear when eliminated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is an action adventure game for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. The game centers around an unlikely pair: a wolf that can transform into a young princess, and a young prince that has lost his sight. Together, the pair journey across various environments, solving puzzles and acquiring items. While the basics of the gameplay are easy to understand, some of the puzzles can be very tricky to figure out. Fortunately, an option exists to skip stages, but that becomes harder to use over time. The Princess can turn into her wolf form to defeat creatures and hazards that are in the pair's way. When attacks land, artistic splashes fly from enemies that could be considered "blood," but this doesn't appear graphic in any way; when they are defeated, enemies disappear. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
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What’s It About?
THE LIAR PRINCESS AND THE BLIND PRINCE is an action adventure that feels more like the retelling of an obscure fairy tale. Once upon a time, a wolf sat in a spooky forest and sang songs to the moon. One day, a prince ventured into the forest, attracted by the music that he heard without knowing where it came from. But the wolf panics as the prince nears it and scratches his face, blinding him. Unfortunately, the prince is imprisoned by his father because of his injuries, because the king doesn't feel that royals should be disfigured. When she discovers that the prince has suffered for her actions, the wolf travels to the witch of the forest and sacrifices her singing voice for the ability to transform into a princess. Her plan is to save the prince and bring him to the witch, with the hope that the witch's magic can restore his sight. Lying to the prince to keep her identity hidden, the wolf-princess leads the prince into the forest. Can the wolf help the prince regain his vision?
Is It Any Good?
While the puzzles in this action adventure can be challenging, the story and characters are so engaging that you'll be eager to see how the story ends. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a bittersweet fairy tale of two young characters that find themselves intertwined under unfortunate circumstances. As the princess, who's trying her best to undo her mistake, players lead the prince through a wildly nightmarish forest to hopefully save his sight. But what makes this game so compelling and so tragic is that these two characters are from such vastly different worlds that their story seems doomed to failure. For instance, it's heartbreaking to watch the wolf try to feed the prince with raw meat and not understand why he's disgusted. These moments work incredibly well and give you more of a reason to keep pushing deeper into the forest.
If there was a weak spot in the game, it's possibly the forest puzzles that are scattered through the environments. Players have to frequently control both characters at the same time to trigger switches, pick up blocks, or (in the wolf's case) defeat monsters. The prince isn't particularly hardy; in fact, falling too far or getting hit once will get him killed. Even worse, there are some jumps that you'll need to make while holding the prince's hand, but his lack of agility will cause him to plummet to his death. This can make the puzzles increasingly frustrating, but fortunately, there's an option included to skip stages if you get too stuck (at the cost of some award badges). It's a great feature, especially if younger players get frustrated by the controls. It also makes The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince one of those games that hard to put down once you start it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about positive character strengths like compassion and empathy. Can you use the lessons learned from how the prince and princess interact with each other be used in real life?
What lengths would you to protect someone you cared about? Would you sacrifice something important to you so someone else would be safe?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: NIS America
- Release date: February 12, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood
- Last updated: September 30, 2021
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