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Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake

Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake

Obesity, gluttony, fat, fat and chubby are some words that regularly come up in a malicious sentence. The game world is no different from the real world. All the characters don’t participate in eating just a little more than the necessary nutritional value for the day, just look at Lara Croft, Samus Aran and all the female characters from Dead or Alive. But very occasionally there are games that don’t take anything seriously and do everything with a huge wink. Fat Princes: Fistfull of Cake is a great example of this. A Playstation Network title that now comes even more extensively to the PSP and is all about fattening your own princess and slaughtering your opponent with gallons of flying blood. Call it ethically irresponsible or a bad example, but secretly it results in a very entertaining game.

Cake turns out to be a popular topic

A long time ago, two princesses lived in the land of Titania. While they were having a picnic, they discovered cake growing among the bushes. They took a bite and another bite. The pie was so delicious that they just couldn’t keep it off and they kept getting thicker and thicker. The princesses are then also taken by the forest inhabitants and the kings went in search. You have a duty to help in the battle to save the princess and defeat the other kingdoms. The synopsis of this game is so strange and funny at the same time that you will be reading the introductions with a smile the entire time. And this is also the biggest difference with the PSN version, we now also have a single player (also called playing with yourself) adventure. In fifteen chapters you are presented with all the different game modes, all with a crazy story around it. For example, you will have to carry wise men to the castle, place decoy princesses that explode and demolish castle walls. Fifteen chapters seems very little at first, because you fly through the first few chapters. But once you’re halfway through, the assignments get harder and more extensive, and a chapter can easily last an hour. And this is only the single player.

But what are you actually doing in this game? Fat Princess is basically a glorified version of Capture the Flag with some nice improvements and additions. You and the opponent both have a thin opponent princess in the dungeon and you have to save your princess. You do this by carrying the princess to your castle and you win the game if you have your princess and the opponent’s princess. But to make it harder, you can fatten up the princess, making it take longer to carry her across. It seems very clear to me, but gradually the game becomes more and more extensive. In the castle there are several cap machines that make caps for various classes. There are five different classes to choose from: warrior, archer, mage, priest and worker. Each class has one basic weapon or tool and there is the option to upgrade the cap machine giving the class an extra weapon or tool. For example, the worker first has an ax and can then throw bombs and the archer has the choice between a rifle and a bow. Upgrading is done by collecting wood and ore with the worker. In addition, there are also several posts spread over the entire level that you can conquer where you can also dump the wood and ore. The various classes provide the diversity that the game needs and they are all very evenly matched, if you use them in the right way. With all these possibilities and various extra additions per modes, this results in a very extensive game that requires quite a lot of strategy and skill.

Single player is actually multiplayer

But the game is actually conceived as a multiplayer game and you notice this in the single player. The other computer controlled characters aren’t very smart and you sometimes have to be very lucky that they do exactly what you want them to do. Luckily, there’s the option to command a few extra fighters that will do the same thing you do, but still it’s all about you. For example, it will regularly happen that you are slaughtering an entire army on your own and you actually wonder where the rest of your army is. It also matters a lot what you do at the beginning, so sometimes a mission is already determined in the first few minutes because you have chosen the wrong strategy. Fortunately, the opponent is just as smart, which regularly results in exciting fights and provides a lot of challenge. The levels in which this all takes place are fairly diverse and various themes have been used. There is a pirate level, but there are also jungle, lava, ice and desert levels. All with their own shortcuts and best approach. But as I have hinted several times, the game is intended as a multiplayer game and this is where the game scores the highest. This gives you the opportunity to choose from many different modes, which, despite the fact that they revolve around the same principle, still feel different. You can play online and offline and there is also the option to share the game and play a game. The game runs smoothly and the only drawback is that you don’t have an internet connection everywhere. And if that’s not the case, you can always find a gladiator, where you have to survive as long as possible, or start a skirmish game.

Graphically, the game is very strong. They did a very good job with the PSP version. The menus are very attractive and everything fits together very well. The game is very colorful with its cheerful color palette that also contains a lot of red because of the liters of blood that fly through the image. The loading times are very short, which makes it a game that you can start up quickly when you are traveling. In addition, the music is also nice and cheerful and there are enough diverse tunes so that it doesn’t get too monotonous. A small remark is that the game is completely in Dutch and you therefore have to listen to Dutch texts and voices. They have continued the funny tone well in Dutch, but it regularly results in funny statements like “I own everyone” or an evil laugh “Mwuhahaha!” and you gotta love that.

Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake is a very entertaining PSP title that is packed with content and certainly with the play with yourself adventure enough to offer. The multiplayer is very strong and there is enough depth to keep you busy for tens of hours. Graphically, the game is also very strong and everything looks nice and atmospheric. It’s just a shame that the AI ​​doesn’t always meet your needs, the pots are sometimes already determined at the beginning and there is not always an internet connection. But if you manage to see through this, you’re left with a very entertaining game.

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Author: Christiaan Ribbens | Genre: Action | Release: 09-05-2010 | Publisher: SCEE | Developer: SuperVillain StdiosGraphics: 8.0 † Sound: 8.0 † Gameplay: 8.0 † Controls: 8.0 † Playback: 8.0 8.0+ Very entertaining concept+ A large dose of humor+ Short loading times and graphically strong- The AI ​​of the other characters- Dutch voices- Internet not always available