You are Sarah, princess of the peaceful realm of Kaleiya. The quiet life of your kingdom was lost the day your father was seduced and then kidnapped by Lilith, a demon mistress. Travel through ice castles, cold dungeons, lava caves and much more! Bring your father and king back home!
User reviews: Mixed (136 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 18, 2014

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“Loving every minute of it”
4/5 – http://gamesfiends.com/xbox/amazing-princess-sarah-xbox360-review/

“I highly recommend Amazing Princess Sarah and eagerly await the anything else by Haruneko Games.”
4/5 – http://jellyfishstation.com/2014/07/20/amazing-princess-sarah-game-review/

“One of the best Castlevania-inspired titles”
7/10 – http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2014/07/review-amazing-princess-sarah-microsoft.html

About This Game

You are Sarah, princess of the peaceful realm of Kaleiya. The quiet life of your kingdom was lost the day your father was seduced and then kidnapped by Lilith, a demon mistress. Her only desire is to dominate your empire and kill you. Use your powerful sword to kill all Lilith's minions, then quickly throw the dead body on the next enemy to perform amazing combos! Travel through ice castles, cold dungeons, lava caves and much more - straight to the castle where Lilith hides! Bring your father and king back home!

- Highly detailed pixel-art graphics
- Smooth action @60 frame per second
- Lift and throw thousands of enemies!
- 5 castles
- 6 dangerous bosses
- 7 crazy newgame+ modes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Xp
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX 10 compatible graphic card
    • DirectX: Version 10
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Haruneko strikes again!!
Just as with Akane the Kunoichi, Amazing Princess Sarah feels and plays like a platformer from the glorious 16bit era from the early 1990s. This means, it keeps its gameplay simple yet challenging and I mean really challenging, hard-unforgiving challenging. Additionally to a handfull of levels ever increasing in difficulty, there are several new game plus modes that alter gameplay in interesting ways and changing up the flow of the game.
It may not be a master piece but it is more that worth its price of admission!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Amazing Princess Sarah is a well made platformer with a pretty good difficulty curve. Sarah fights enemies the Super Mario Bros. 2 way: you mainly kill your enemies by picking up items -- or already slain enemies -- and throwing them at your foes. If you time it well, you can get cascade reactions where you kill multiple foes with a single throw.

The (forgettable) story is told without words through simple cutscenes. The same style is used to introduce the bosses.

Where Sarah is frustrating, is in the level design. Even for a game in the platformer genre, there is a LOT of backtracking here as you mainly fight your way to a switch, flip it, then backtrack to a previously locked wall/passage and continue.
Enemies respawn throughout so you are always in danger, luckily save points occur frequent and are mostly well placed so you don't have to repeat particularly difficult sections too often.
Most annoyingly, flying enemies and enemy projectiles go through walls, and as you'll be spending a lot of time passing through narrow corridors next to other sections you've either already visited or will visit next, there are a lot of cheap hits as a result. Luckily there are also sections where you can just dodge or kill enemies without worrying about cheap hits too much.

Overall the experience is a good one. A well made game and worth the (low) price.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Great fun! Seriously!

I got this for about 1$ (Sale + sold Steam cards) and I have to say the full price would have been worth it as well.
I don't understand what other people are complaining about.

This game is a fairly hard old school Jump'n'Run Game but thanks to a lot of checkpoints totally okay to play, even for casual gamers. The character is based on her ability to pick up and throw knocked out enemies or other items. Similar to Super Mario Bros. 2 on NES.
The thing, depending on what you pick up it has different consequences. Throw an archer and it releases a bunch of arrows that hurt enemies. Throw a fire woman and it spawns a few flames. Throw a so called Fatty and it won't fly as far but it will do a lot of damage.
It's a simple but fun mechanic which makes a very engaging game that you can play casually in a few minutes per session or in big chunks of time.

Really don't understand the hate.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
So if your are an achievement hunter i am not as a rule. But this is a pretty easy 100% you go through the game 7 different times but each time throws a twist at you.

You are drunk one time naked and helpless another time a vampire ect Platforming is done really well in fact you can be on a block while just one little pixel of your foot in touching it. Think of this game like castle vania with rpg elements trhowen in the mix. Each level you gain you gain a small ammount of health.

be warned though this game is actually pretty hard dont get me started on the bosses cant tell you how many times i wanted to throw my controller.

As long as you dont mind a challange you should buy this game.
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86 of 98 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Amazing Princess Sarah takes us back (if only a couple of months) to old school platformers. The goal is simple; save your dad, the King. And to do this you’ll have to get past castle levels with icy floors, spikes and water streams that slow you down, among a bunch of other environmental hazards, and all of this while fighting off enemies.

The thing that makes this platformer stand out from other platformers is the fact that you, besides using a sword to eliminate enemies, can kill enemies by throwing them into one another and that way create combos. But both methods can be used to do this.
The higher the combos the higher the XP you receive. Don’t think this is yet another game with RPG elements in them, because it’s really basic and you could hardly call it an RPG element if you know what it’s precisely used for. You see, the XP you receive will level up your character but instead of gaining extra strength, more stamina or I don’t know what, your character will just gain 2 extra health points every time she levels up. Health is one of the key factors of the game, because there are a lot of enemies and, with a few exceptions, they all have their own moves. So you have to take into consideration that an enemy standing on a platform above you could easily hit you with an arrow or that another creature could send a wave of flames your way while you’re standing on a small ledge. The enemies get tougher as you progress so it’s only natural that you grow ‘stronger’ too. Later on you might think 2 health points is really too little and I’d have to agree with you. It’s practically nothing because all of the enemies inflict more damage than that. Still, things shouldn’t be too simple and replaying certain parts of a level is part of the game’s design. Completing a single level will allow you to level up quite a few times mind you.
There are several checkpoints to be found in every level and you’ll continue the game from the last checkpoint should you choose to quit the game. No need to replay the entire level again, which is a big plus.
But around level 3 or 4 the game will also rely on some trial and error aspects that I’m not a fan of (dropping down and hoping you’ll fall where you’re supposed to go). Thankfully you’re usually near a checkpoint when that happens so it should only take a couple of tries, but it’s a cheap gameplay tactic that this game doesn’t really need.

Amazing Princess Sarah takes a lot of time getting used to control wise. No, the controls aren’t hard at all. But if you’re going to play this with a controller the analog stick is best avoided because it’s highly inaccurate. Instead of using the stick use the D-Pad instead, it works so much better, especially for sections where you have to jump from tiny platform to tiny platform (sometimes even with enemies on them). You wouldn’t believe how many times I fell off or slipped off a ledge because the game didn’t respond to my key presses quickly enough. Rage Quitters, beware.

Graphically it’s nothing amazing. It has pixel graphics which look alright, but I’ve seen many other games with better graphics than this. They do, however, fit the game, like many other games in this genre. Pixel graphics just seem like a popular choice among platform games in general. The bosses, on the other hand, seem to use a different kind of art, and it’s noticeable and even a little bit distracting.
The quality of the sounds is also fairly basic. Your character will make a sound when hit or when she dies and then there’s the game over sound and the sound you make when throwing stuff. That’s about it I think. Then again, this is pretty usual stuff for games with visuals like this.
The music is, unfortunately, also nothing to write home about and feels generic. Well, to me at least.

This is not a big game. It has just 5 levels, each one ends with a boss fights, and each level will take about 30-45 minutes to complete. So in total it has 3-4 hours of playtime. I personally think this is the ideal length for a game like this. Any longer and the game would’ve lost its charm (i.e. the game mechanic of throwing around enemies would’ve worn thin by then).
Fortunately, for those that can’t get enough it the developer has integrated New Game+ into the game which should give you a better ending (that is what’s being implied) while also throwing some new stuff your way, like adding a chasing ghost of Sarah (which you have to avoid) or giving you the ability to double jump, at the cost of having enemies with more health and/or that you can’t use your sword.

The Amazing Princess Sarah doesn’t do anything to reinvigorate the genre, but it’s a fun game nevertheless and short enough so that anyone can pretty much finish it. I enjoyed it for what is was, but just remember to play this with a controller and, most important of all, with the D-Pad. It will save you a lot of frustration, trust me.

[Rating: 71/100]
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