|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Climax Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If you need a reprieve from the linear game (as I often did out of sheer frustration), there is also a relatively deep level editor. This tool allows you to take puzzle room templates and add your own monsters, weapons, and items. You can make each level as easy or hard as you want, and once you are finished, you can share it with friends over the Nintendo WFC. The only drawback to this, however, is that you will need a friend code in order to share it with someone specific, as there is no open sharing in Steal Princess. This is another missed opportunity for the game, and I would have really appreciated the ability to browse through other peoples levels.
Visually, this game is not as impressive as it could have been. Though the levels are very small, they dont include much detail, and aside from the different platform variations and obstacles, there really isnt much detail in the various landscapes. Your characters model onscreen is also very bland-looking, and the different action animations look blocky and undefined.
As far as the audio is concerned, there are also some issues that hamper this title. Though the level music is inoffensive and varies through each zone, there is no voiceover during plot scenes, and the in-game sounds are all in Japanese. Although hearing the main character say Yay! and Too Bad many times in English is not absolutely necessary, the option might have been nice, as the Japanese dialogue (which is never subtitled) may alienate some players.
Steal Princess is a fun game that will certainly appeal to hardcore platforming fans. Although each level is short, its punishing difficulty makes this a game you will frequently pick up, and then put back down again. Though its more technical aspects hamper its overall value, if you really want a challenge, Steal Princess is worth a look. Just make sure you are ready to rise to the challenge, because this Princess is one tough cookie!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor