Loren The Amazon Princess is a fantasy epic combining intricate turn-based battles with a heroic tale of overcoming evil - with a twist! In this tale, you play as a loyal servant of the hero rather than the hero herself.
User reviews: Very Positive (178 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 15, 2014

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"This unique Fantasy visual novel features an interesting story line, romance, humor and ... turn based combat!"

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October 28

Beta branch update to 1.3.1

Hi,
beside having a weekly megasale of the game, I've also uploaded in the beta branch the version 1.3.1, which uses new libraries of my framework, so should run faster and resolve some compatibility problems.
The game itself is identical but you should get a better performance.

To try the new beta you need to right-click on the game name in library and then in the BETAS tab choose to opt-in for the beta version.

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About This Game

Loren The Amazon Princess is a fantasy epic combining intricate turn-based battles with a heroic tale of overcoming evil -- with a twist! In this tale, you play as a loyal servant of the hero rather than the hero herself.

Travel by Princess Loren's side as she searches for her lost mother, the Queen of the Amazons. Guide her choices and act as her valiant defender, meeting many colorful characters along the way. As the journey progresses, everyone will grow and change -- character development in games isn't dead! It's also impossible to see all the content in just one playthrough, with so many ways to customize the characters.

Hardcore role-playing games with replay value are becoming rarer in today's age of simplification for the masses. The developers of the hit title Planet Stronghold have dedicated themselves to keeping old-school RPGs alive through this new adventure.

Game Features


Customize Your Hero: Play as a male or female warrior or thief. Decide their backstory, initial stats, and personality. Help them rise from humble servant to legendary hero!

Train Your Characters: Select everyone's skills, weapons, and armor. Over 500 items can be used in 13 armor slots. Class-based skill trees combine with unique character-specific skill trees such as "Gladiator" or "Assassin".

Battles Demand Strategy: Your tactics will be challenged by over 100 enemies: take advantage of weaknesses and achieve combos with your characters by inflicting and then exploiting status effects. All that character customization has a major effect on how each battle plays out. But never fear: choose between two different modes of play when you start the game, as well as your desired difficulty level.

Story-based Gameplay: Over two novels' worth of in-game text depict vivid characters and flesh out a strong plot that reflects your decisions. Optional interactions abound, such as talking with your party members at camp to learn more about them -- or even to uncover a romance.

Inclusive to all demographics. A wide range of romantic interests are provided.

Theme song composed by Matthew Myers and performed by Christina Vee, game soundtrack by Michael Chait.

Useful links

Winter Wolves Official Site (find all the games made by us, also available for mobile platforms)
Winter Wolves Facebook page (become a fan to be informed on the latest news)
Winter Wolves Forums (join it to receive help and info about the games)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
If you like giggly romance, simple dialogues and a regular fantasy setting with a few rpg elements thrown in, then this might be for you.

I did like it, but it's still hard to recommend from a neutral perspective. If you look at the game mechanics, writing, character depth, story etc then this is all quite average or below.
However, for a Ren'Py game (the engine) it's way above average! And if you know Ren'Py games/visual novels in general, then you already know what to expect: a bit of silliness, lots of romance and recurring pictures. Don't get me wrong... that's part of the charm and quite on purpose!

The only thing that disappointed me a bit is the climax of the romance. It could have been a bit stronger, more dramatic or so, honestly.

Although I'm not entirely sure, I'm giving this a thumbs down because I think the price is too high. Maybe get it when it's on sale again and if you liked the demo (available on winterwolves homepage).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I bought this game and its expansion on the recent sale, and for the price I paid I feel like I got great value for money.

Once I started, the stories and characters were so immersive that I found it very difficult to stop playing. I finished it with the same feeling I get after reading a great book; sadness, that it was over. I very much look forward to more from Winter Wolves in this vein.

The story is a little cliched, and seemed to be a Lord of the Rings parody of sorts. You have an aged wizard guiding everyone to resist against the upcoming of a dark lord, a deathknight of animated armor that happened to have more than a passing resemblence to the ringwraiths. The hero had to unite many broken kingdoms that needed to come together to defeat said knight (although that's a common trope to this fantasy setting anyway). There are the amazons, though, with a few undead here and there, so it's not all bad. The bright part of the story is that the protanist was not in a special position before the story began, and was instead a slave.

Any unoriginality in the story, however, is completely forgivable considering the dialogue. For a text-heavy game (the sound effects were just there to replace silence), the text was easy to read, and the game does it brilliantly; I was captivated from the start, and every character had a distinct personality that remained consistent throughout the entire game. Through their personal stories, you can come to relate to every one of your party members, and most of them are done well.

The romances were well done, with each of the two selectable protagonists (male human or female elf slaves/servants) having a variety of suiters to pursue. The romances only lightly effected the plot, however, and the effects of these personal relationships were only felt during minor plot points. The game could be played without romances at all, which may be odd considering it markets itself as a romantic novel.

Loren The Amazon Princess shines in its dialogue and characters, but is not without its flaws. The typical "Joke, Friendly, Forceful" dialogue options were a jarring experience. They didn't give you any indication at all as to what you'd actually say, which introduced something completely unpredicatable in a genre where the one thing that should be relatively predictable is the progranonist. It was easy to work around (scroll up to go back, or save/reload), but doing it this way was a strange decision from the designers.

The combat was extremely easy on normal, but that may have been because the focus was on the story. The turn based system with combos was interesting enough to survive the whole game without getting too boring.

The graphics were well framed with the plot, but the backgrounds were heavily reused, and the game could definately have benefited from having more of them. It was easy to forget where we were based on any particular background image.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this game to lovers of visual novels. There are plenty of 'they lived happily ever after' endings, as well as one or two not so happy, and if you allow yourself to fall into the characters, a definite sadness when the tale ends and there's nothing more to read.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game quickly became one of my Top 5 Favorite Games on Steam. It's a JRPG-style game from an non-Japanese indie game company named Winter Wolves. This company is mostly known for dating sims and visual novels, but honestly, I think this game is their best yet. (Although, to be fair, I haven't played all their games yet.)

Important note: The DLC is a MUST HAVE. Honestly, the story would seem very incomplete without it, so if you get this game, get the DLC. This review is also based on having it.

While this is definitely a RPG, the fact that a lot of their games are visual novels definitely shows in the design. There is zero action in the turn-based battles. In fact, they rely solely on pictures to represent what takes place in the battle. For a lot of people, this is a flaw, but for me, I was indifferent to this type of gameplay. What was important was that the game was fun to play.

It took me roughly 20 or so hours to get through the game the first time. This is considered short for a RPG, but it has potential for several playthroughs. Personally, I went through 13 playthroughs, going for all the achievements. It can get a bit repetitive going through the game that many times, but thankfully, the creators realized this; there is a cheat mode that enables "story mode" in which the player automatically wins every battle, which can get you through the game much quicker. Obviously, the game is story-driven, which is a big highlight to me. The story is definitely influenced by Lord of the Rings. I can't blame for that, LotR is awesome. However, there are a couple of races that do not exist in the LotR world that exist in this game. Another 1-up this game has is that there's an even distribution of gender between the characters, unlike the sausagefest that is LotR.

There is a bit of a dating sim element to this game, but you can actually get through the game without romancing anyone (in fact, there's an achievement for that). There are several people the main character can romance, which is what gives the game the potential for several playthroughs. Each one has its own unique effect on the story.
Kudos to the creators for allowing same-sex coupling, which is a reoccurring thing in the Winter Wolves games.

Sort of spoiler-ish, but not really:
There are also a few different ways to end the game. Ultimately, the Death Knight (main villain) is defeated in each ending, but how you defeat him depends on things you do in the game. I looked up which way is canon out of curiosity, but ultimately, it's up to the player to decide how the Death Knight should meet his "fate." There's also a pretty heavy hint at the end of the game that there will be a sequel.

Flaws:
- There are absolutely no people of color in this game. White people EVERYWHERE; there isn't even a NPC that has a shade or two. And no, blue-skinned dark elves do not count. I mean realistic people of color.
- The game could do without so much sexualization of the characters, particularly the women. It isn't really necessary that they be half-naked, especially when they're supposed to be fighting in a war.
- I found one technical error in the game. In each town/village, there's a shop and a fame score. The player can earn fame by doing tasks for that particular town/village. Well, sometimes, if you go to a shop in a town/village that has no fame score yet, it'll re-direct to a previous shop. For example, while I was playing, I went to the elves' village's shop and it was linking me to the Citadel's shop. However, once I earned some fame in the elves' village, it correctly went to their shop. This error can actually benefit the player, so it isn't a huge deal.

Despite its flaws, I definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes RPGs, especially if they enjoy story-driven games and visual novels / dating sims.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I have only completed chapter 1, but I really like the game and I know I am gonna like it. The game reminds me " Dragons of the autumn twilight" book. The same atmosphere. Awesome mix between old style rpg and anime. Also soundtrack is among the best ever. And a cast of chars reminds me Baldursgate. Awesome game, RECOMMENDED!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
You've played 30 hours

Anymore I need to say?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Its simplistic animation style belies rich storytelling and thought-provoking combat scenarios. This isn't the best RPG I've ever played, but it is well worth at least one playthrough. If you are not interested in reading text, do not buy this game. Otherwise, Recommended.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
More of an interactive story than a game in my opinion - still enjoyable though. Lots of reading. A good entry level game for someone who may not enjoy the complex RPGs that are out there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Even if i don't like to read tons of texts, i enjoy this game greatly. Never thinked good rpg can be without 2D or 3D.

+ Nice graphics with touch of sexy
+ Nice Musics
+ Nice battle system
+ Easy to use UI
+ Random item from shops but without random attributes.
+ Caps 30 levels, infinite level up with "Tasks"
+ Many locations to explore
+ Long story text to read
+ Nice NPC & characters
+ Many classes to play, skills/spells with combo, free points allocation
+ Romance system


- (personnal opinion) : too many texts (i prefer rpg with shorter story)
- Steam version censored (you have to find tips to unlock, see *** )

You can buy this game safely. I recommend it.

I'll update my evaluation later when i'll end game and all difficulties level.


*** To play uncensored version you have to download demo on official website. Install it outside your Steam directory. Demo will recognize you bought Steam version and will transform itself to full version. Launch "Demo" to play uncensored version outside from Steam. Not sure you'll be able to unlock all achievements.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
For the purposes of this review, I will start with this: As an occasional but relatively infrequent insomniac, I played this game from start to finish over the course of the night and through the morning not because I had nothing better to do but because I had to know how things would end. There is no higher honor for written fiction than that feeling of "just one more page", much like the videogame equivalent "just one more level". I say written fiction because while you can argue back and forth about whether visual novels are games (in my view they are), the highlight of Loren The Amazon Princess is still narrative over gameplay.

But unlike many if not most visual novels, there is an actual game here in a game mechanics sense. Fittingly for such a high-fantasy oriented story, it plays as a hybrid between entirely literary visual novels and an RPG. Do not expect the depth of a dedicated RPG. That is not to be found here.

Despite that there is still a commendable level of depth considering it's status as a hybrid. Equipment, level ups, stat points, skill trees and varied character classes are accounted for. Technically the only class choice you have the power to alter is the chosen player surrogate (there are two available) at the very start of the game, but the various party members have distinct roles and flexibility within those roles even if say, the dwarf chick will always be a bow-oriented type. Character forcing does occur at times for narrative reasons, but the game ensures that even characters you don't use often will be of relatively close level to your mainstays. The player surrogate and the titular Loren are often but not exclusively required members, but that's not a huge deal out of a party of six at a time when the roster fills out.


On the narrative front, people often compare this to Dragon Age Origins. That isn't entirely accurate. The theme of uniting different peoples to face an overarching threat is present in both games, and there is a character much like Morrigan. Other than that, it's mostly that both are archetypal fantasy stories.


Make no mistake, Loren is not a narrative you seek out for surprises. Anyone with decent familarity with fantasy novels will find little to shock them. A poor writer would let that result in a boring story, but thankfully the developers are not poor writers. What the writing lacks in surprises it more than makes up for in quality. A well rounded cast with believable motivations, genuine character development, and some damn quotable lines make this a visual novel you don't want to miss.


Also: if any of that RPG side of things doesn't sound like your deal, don't worry about it. The difficulty options and competent automated options for distributing stats and skill points means you will have to micromanage only exactly as much as you want to and not a bit more. Equipment lacks that, of course, but that's straight forward anyway.


TL:DR; BUY IT ALREADY.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
"Baldur's Gate-lite". Seriously, character interactions and romances feel very alike, even the camp mechanic is there. And combat, despite being easy, does make you think, a rare occasion today. World exploring is poor, and the game lacks strategic warfare like in Neverwinter Nights 2 (it would be a blast if it had!). But immersion is still great, thanks to good art and dialogues.
Small but great game. Definitely worth its price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
It is a good game, interesting and entertaining. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Disclaimer: This is not a Princess game. You don't play dressup as a Princess. You don't marry Princes. You don't kiss frogs. Before judging, just read the review and give the game a shot. Also, don't take my short playtime into account, as Steam was bugged for this for some reason. I have over 15 hours logged into this game.

Loren the Amazon Princess is a roleplaying game with a strong emphasis on storyline, almost in the form of a "choose your own adventure" novel. It is backwards narrated in a very unique way, going back and "remembering" this epic story of Loren (the main character), and her companion--the character that YOU play. In case you're confused, you actually play as the main character's companion, not the main character herself. A very odd concept, but very refreshing.

Throughout the game, you travel in search of your lost mother, the Queen of the Amazons, and the story unveils itself through the journey. As you are leaving your Citadel for the first time in your life, you find foreigners (elves, dwarves, humans, etc) and other strange folk along the way, often wanting to join your party or asking for help, or interacting with you in some way or another.

Like all roleplaying games, you will gather quests through storylines, complete quests and kill monsters for experience, and level up your party how you see fit. And your party, while mentioned, consists of members that are multi-classed. For example, as you create your playable character, he or she can become a Warrior/Hero, or perhaps a Thief/Hero. On your journey, you may find a Mage/Elementalist, or perhaps a Warrior/Berserker. This gives you the customization to build your party how you wish, giving a strong complement to your team. As you level up, you add attribute points into Strength, Skill, and Willpower, and choose feats every two levels.

I will be honest--this game took me by surprise. It is a fantastic game that sucker punched me right in the mouth, and you will soon find yourself pretty deep into the storyline. The combat is just unique enough to keep a veteran roleplaying gamer satisfied, as you fight by rows and columns. Furthermore, the ability to set up camp and talk to members of your party gives the player a very relaxed feel as he or she gets to know more about who they are grouping with.

I most certainly recommend this game, and its DLC, as it has a great storyline, simple, yet fun combat, decent character customization, a fantastic soundtrack, and sets you on a very fun epic journey. It is for sure a great addition to any gamer's library, and will surely quench the satisfaction from any RPG'er.

I rate this game an 8.1 / 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
what a great game! I had other games by winter wolves (Bionic heart series) and they're all amazing!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Good, interesting, nice ost.
Steam overlay lags hard on high res displays.
No window-borderless mode.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I found the game to be very average, to say the very least.


[Spoiler below]

Yes, it is unusual for you to begin as a slave for a Amazon Princess and travel with her, but the innovation just stop right there. The story is your classic "Dungeon and Dragons vs demonic evil," but it goes little beyond that.

Events often made little to no sense-For example, your naive warrior princess walk into a bar...start a fight, kill 6 town's guards. No repercussion. 5 minutes later, the evil goblin lord showed up at your bedroom, start a fight...and after his minion dies, transform their corpses into town's guards...and then you are arrested. And of course, no need for any sense of mystery: cue to the dark lord sitting on a volcano with his succubus.

It couldn't get more cliched if the princess end up finding a magic sword that made her the choosen one...wait, she do that too within like 10 mintues into the game.

Frankly, this is like straight out of a saturday morning cartoon from the 90s.

The other problems include:

-Too many NPCS-Most RPG these days let you update your "bench team" with exp even if they weren't in the fight. Thus avoiding certain NPCs falling behind. Not this game. They gave you 6 slots, but in the 2.5 hours I played this game I already encountered at NPCs. So at least two guys would have to be "benched" or constantly rotated.

-Stats don't appear to matter beyond the "primary stats-

So to be honest, a cliched story, a poor designed game mechanic is definitely not worth $20.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Until I can actually play the game, I cannot recommend it. I have had an error where the game itself cannot locate the .exe which is clearly in the game folder. The game dev's responses to my game breaking error have been close to nonexitstent. Suggestions to turn off background programs including my antivirus were worthless, and further query was ignored. Waste of money and time.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A contrived naivistic story and characters that just don't manage to hold appeal, served with simplistic gameplay.
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6 of 19 people (32%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This basically a dating sim with (with lots and lots and LOTS of talking) with some battles sprinkled here and there.

And before anyone says: "Don't play an RPG if you don't like reading" I'd say that the problem isn't the ammount of dialog per se. It's that the game really fails to balance the amount of talking you do before you can get into ONE actual battle. I easily spend more time reading the game than playing.

The battle system isn't the greatest thing out there but it works well within the game. Also it can be very quick. So, if you are the grindy type (like I am), grinding can be made very easily and quickly.

Also, while the artwork is very pretty, it falls misarably into those cliches of big-boobed female with very skimpy and unpratical outfits.
(because it totally makes sense going into a battle leaving your torso completely open and, apparently, wearing no underwear)

If this was a $5 game I'd be fine, but it isn't. For the price I'd want something else. If I want to read that amount, I'll go read a book.
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
a very contrived piece of manhating fantasy, filled with white knights and horrible monster men who aggrevate women for no reason... story is boring, playing as a manslave to a woman prissy princess... it grows weaker for every scene
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21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game is so incredibly amazing!

Let's start before the beginning: the Steam version is censored, which basically mean everybody shows less skin. To fix this, go to the developer's website, download the free demo, enable mature content, play it until the first battle, save and quit. When you open the Steam version, you'll find the save ready to load and everything will be uncensored!
You can choose your main character between a male human and a female elf. You can build their skills and personalities by choosing different answers that yes, will change the story. The choice of the protagonist also affects the romance options, as some characters are straight and gay (although the majority is bi).
It's a story-heavy game, which means you'll read a lot. A lot - and you'll love every word of it. I'm not going to spoil anything of the plot, which is actually decent. The writing is also nice (there are some naive falls, like the use of the adjective 'electrocuted'. I doubt that electrocution is a known process in that world, but whatever). I would have enjoyed some more politics in there, but the told parts were in the right spots.
The characters are great, all have a backstory and motivations, and you can decide to explore them or just have a glimpse. Just so you know, Draco is AWESOME. Loren is so sexist it's borderline hilarious. I like how the trope of the 21st century gal in Medieval fantasy is subverted :P
You have waaaaaay more characters than the 6 needed for your party, but it makes it more fun, you can rotate them. Just remember to keep them with some equip and a weapon because of plot reasons, even those you don't use.
Once you complete the game once, a special mode called 'cheat mode' is introduced to replay just the story. You'll win every battle in 1 blow.
The combat reminded me of tabletop RPGs. It's pretty simple at the beginning, but the more you progress, the more you need to plan each action, especially at hard mode. Normal mode is still pretty easy.
Also... achievements! Soooooo many! And cards, whoop whoop.

I can see my whole family enjoying it for different reasons (and at different difficulty levels... and with censor on ahaha).
I got it in a sale and now I almost regret it, it's worth the full price. The dev is also really involved in the community and it's great to see such dedication and love.

The DLC introduces an optional place, the castle of N'Mar, with lots of bosses (who introduce some interesting moral questions), achievements, a slightly different ending and three optional characters (two of them romanceable!). I did expect a bit more considering the price, but it's a nice addition and definitely great to play.

If you're still unsure, grab the free demo and try it out!
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