Title: Pretty Princess Party
Developer: Nippon Columbia
Release Date: December 3, 2020
Reviewed On: Switch
Publisher: Aksys Games
This is a review for the game “Pretty Princess Party,” and I am not even remotely close to the target audience. Still, I played it anyway. It mostly came down to a colleague saying it was the Noisy Pixel thing to do, even though I was the one who decided to review it. Pretty Princess Party, developed by Nippon Columbia and brought to the west by Aksys Games, is a simulation game with the extra frills of princess dresses.
Pretty Princess Party is an interior designer game. You take the role of a customizable avatar who has become lost in another world after chasing a rabbit through a doorway and find yourself the bearer of a mysterious amulet that designates you as the next princess of Lupin castle. With the rabbit Asbel at your side, your role is to use your princess design magic to restore the castle to its former glory.
This requires you to clear out thorny stems of malice by designing and filling up the various rooms in the castle with furnishings. Each room has a collection of requirements, five items that need to be placed within to clear it to get the room’s jewel stone, which will help return the magic. And then you get to take a photograph to immortalize your marvelous room.
However, sometimes the guidelines won’t tell you what you need to place within the room. You can either trial-and-error your way to victory here or use the archaeology rabbit to “decipher” these guidelines. This costs a limited amount of an in-game resource named “Lumina.” These lumina can also be spent at the knowledge fountain on “design magic recipes,” which are simply more objects you can place within your rooms.
The objects you can decorate the rooms with are broken up into a series of categories; large items, small items, wall decor, ceiling fixtures, and flooring + wall alterations. Items are placed within the room via a grid and can be rotated around across the x-axis. You can also search for things, but you can’t search by item type, only color.
This might make it tricky for a kid looking for a certain object within the menus However, ultimately the clear conditions only require you to place certain five objects within the rooms, so they can be worked out via brute force if they don’t know what the fancy french word for wardrobe is (armoire) without having to actually spend time carefully crafting each room.
There is a cap on how much lumina you can get in one day, as you can only obtain it by greeting residents once per day. As you progress, items need more lumina to obtain, but you also meet new rabbits to greet, so it essentially acts as a prevention mechanic. You’d be getting this game for a kid, and this would keep them from sinking too much time into the game.
As you progress through the restoration project, the rooms will require more specific items to be placed, and your current taste level won’t be enough to produce the items needed. You can increase three stats that will give you access to different kinds of furniture, cute, elegant, and cool. These stats can be increased via a collection of minigames, which include things like archery and quizzes and are very simple but hilariously difficult at points.
The quizzes are notable for being simple “yes or no” questions but with a little twist. During the later half of them, you need to answer first and correctly if you want any points and some of these other former princesses are really quick on the trigger. But the game is very kid-friendly as it’s impossible to get a score lower than “good,” which still grants a decent amount of experience.
Pretty Princess Party is, at its core, an incredibly casual game. It’s a low-stakes and low-effort title that lets the player use their creative potential should they decide to get involved. If you’re a parent looking for a safe title for kids to play to explore their skills and reaction times, this is a solid pick. Otherwise, I don’t really know who’s going to play this game. On a more positive note, It’s got fewer bugs than Cyberpunk 2077.
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