Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? Review
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Nippon Ichi 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: NIS America 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 17, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Controls are tight but also distinctly old-school in their implementation. This is most evident in the inability to change jump trajectory once the button has been pressed. Players unaccustomed to such jump mechanics will die constantly. I did like the way button sensitivity was implemented, though. In other words, it is natural to meter out the strength of your jumps by subtly or forcefully depressing the face buttons. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if more than a couple PSPs end up in a pile of parts due to frustration.

Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? screenshot

Prinny features a presentation that is first-rate! The visuals and sounds really add to the overall feel. In fact, the PSP has never looked better. I absolutely loved the character design and crisp sprites implemented. Furthermore, the backgrounds are varied and beautiful. The sound effects are just standard, but the large amount of voice over work is not only very well-executed, but also hilarious. Hearing "Dood!" all the time can get nerve-racking after a time, however.

If you are cruisin' for a bruisin' or fancy yourself a gaming star, Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? may just be the masochistic title you're looking for. On the other hand, if you're into deep stories, don't particularly enjoy platforming, or simply can't control your temper, then Prinny would be a bad choice.

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Still, the pretty graphics, fun bosses, great character design, loads of unlockables, and challenging difficulty set this title apart from the jumble of PSP shovelware. All in all, this is a great game - just make sure you don't explode, dood!

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
The visuals are absolutely beautiful in every regard! The character designs are perfect!
4.0
Control
The old-school mechanics are tight yet frustrating.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The musical themes are whimsical and the voice over work is quite funny.
4.2
Play Value
The game is short if you're only into a single run-through, but all the unlockables and multiple endings give this game serious legs.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • 1000 Units: Players will get 1000 lives to beat the toughest action side-scroller!
  • Lift & Throw: Prinnies are able to lift and throw objects on the battlefield.
  • Vehicles: Steal and control powerful vehicles like tanks and UFOs.
  • Hip Pound: Jump and pound enemies to stun them. Then you can inflict multiple combo attacks for extra damage.
  • 3D World with 2D Characters: In Prinny, character art is created using fluid 2D sprites, giving it a classic look with a comical tone. Battlefields and backgrounds, however, are created with 3D models. This allows for a smooth and unique combat action where certain attacks are rendered in a 3-dimensional view.


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