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 (83 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
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Sir Faulty's Scorecard

Personal Rating: "Grab it if you must but during a heavily discounted sale"
Traditional Rating: 4 out of 10
Genre: Platform Adventure

Welcome to Hell...otherwise known as Amazing Princess Sarah

Haruneko Entertainment - remember that name because judging by whats on offer in their latest platform incarnation, Amazing Princess Sarah, you would be better off visiting Satan himself for regular pokes up your backside with a steaming hot poker. Sarah, the buxom princess of this sordid tale, will have many wanting to gauge their eyes out of their head in frustration. This is without a doubt one of the most irritating and frustratingly retro-platformers this side of rubbing chilies into your eyeballs whilst trying to make a leap across a vast chasm. Browsing the Steam store page for Haruneko games reveals another game in their litany called Arkane the Kunoichi which sadly I already own. One thing is certain...I won't be rushing off to my library to install that one anytime soon.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=344593071
Taking on the role of a young princess called, you guessed right, Sarah - your task for the excruciating length of this original XBOX 360 downloadable title will be spent traversing the games various castles (there are 5 castles to explore with unimaginative boss battles at the end of each) to save your father's hide from the evil clutches of the demon mistress Lilith who has somehow seduced and kidnapped him. Armed with a double-barreled chest, a sword and the ability to pick up heavy objects like tables and cupboards and stone statues with which to throw at your enemies (seems like those boobs you are greeted with at the start of the game has resulted in incredible upper body strength for our young charge) the game also includes an entire shopping list of the worst things to crop up in any platformer multiplied by ten. Enemies materializing from underneath you - check; enemies flying zig zag across the screen - check; disappearing platform tiles with pits of spikes below - check; enemies clumped together in ridiculous numbers - check; enemies that can shoot through walls - check.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=345739594
I am all for difficult platformers that provide a challenge but when a game has to continually level you up with health just in order for the player to transition through its stages, that is never a good sign. Your frustrations are bound to run high with this one...trust me! Amazing Princess Sarah would be half bearable if the controls worked but they don't which often results in hundreds of unfair deaths. Unresponsive controls will become your biggest enemy in a game that often requires pin-point accuracy. Lots of cussing and hair-pulling will ensure. Thank the gods Amazing Princess Sarah is over in about 3-5 hrs but even that is too long a slog to endure. The only thing I really enjoyed about the whole experience was the original OST for the game. The music is excellent and the composers should be commended for doing a great job. It is such a pity its paired with such sub-par gaming.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=343800247
Conclusion

In a year that saw the excellent retro platformer Shovel Knight make its debut, Amazing Princess Sarah is like drinking a nice cup of malted hot-chocolate thats been filled with razor blades. If you are a sadist I would say go for it but for everyone else you are better off putting your money on something (anything) else that has the word retro and platformer tagged onto it in the Steam storefront just not this one as unfortunately there is nothing Amazing about this title or Princess Sarah other than her two gigantic boobs.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
First off let's get the obvious out of the way. You look at the title-screen for this game and what do you see? A Princess. That's right, Sarah is a Princess, she's got the tiara, that's her castle in the background, and she's the daughter of a king. Now that we're done establishing the obvious let's talk about the game.

PLOT: The King has been kidnapped by liliths, are you a bad enough princess to save the king?

What makes Sarah so amazing is that she lifts. No really, she can hoist furniture as well as corpses over her head and toss them around. She also has a sword, which is used to make corpses. Depending on the type, enemy corpses have different properties when they're thrown. The most devastating are the liliths, as their bodies are highly volatile and damage everything on-screen. There are five stages, five bosses, a few hundred enemies, a bunch of checkpoints. I did the math and came to the following conclusion: getting through this game should be easy peasy lemon squeezy. Turns out the math was wrong, Amazing Princess Sarah isn't that easy (that didn't sound right).

This isn't Super Meat Boy, let alone I wanna be the Boshy, but the enemies do hit hard, pits are on the prevalent side, and you have to make do with a fairly limited pool of health. Candles hold life-replenishing hearts, but uh...they restore 2 HP. Sarah can also level-up, which adds....2 HP. Seriously though she also gets stronger, allowing her to do more damage with her throws and sword. The first play-through is liable to be a bit of a struggle. Eventually however things start to click. Enemies operate by specific rules. They don't attack unless they're facing you, so you can sneak up behind them with murderous intent. Archers only fire where you're standing, so move an inch and watch that arrow pass you by. You'll even figure out the trick to avoiding the stage 5 boss has he stomps around. Holding onto a corpse for the right situation can also prevent a headache or too.

But that's not enough I'm afraid, you have to play New Game+ if you want to end the lilith menace once and for all. Hey, New Game+, play through the game again with all your level-ups? It's going to be Weekend at Bernie's! Well yeah, it is, except you're Bernie. There are multiple NG+ modes, and they get more difficult as you progress. In the first one, an invincible ghost follows you around. In the second , you're drunk, and it looks like your castle is on a boat in the middle of a storm. The third time around you receive a sweet double-jump, but get slapped with a stringent time-limit. Fourth time around? Your sword is only good for killing bats, and bats are lousy weapons. At this point I'm just doing my best to skip past enemies. I still have a few more play-throughs to go, but they all sound even worse.

Amazing Princess Sarah is a follow-up to Akane the Kunoichi, same engine and everything. In every aspect it's an improvement. The controls are less slick, there's a better sense of challenge, and it's less repetitive. Yes, even though I've played through this game 4.6 times it's less repetitive than a game I played through once*. Some parts of the game can be frustrating, mainly when it involves picking up an object, hurling it, and it collides with a low ceiling instead of a monster. There are a couple other issues, namely crashes (at the 5th boss usually), and the stage 4 music is LOUD.

This is a good game. Just do yourself a favor and look past the fact that she's a princess. Is it really that big a deal?



*If you're going to be that guy and check my Steam achievements, I played through the Xbox Live Indie Games version of Akane the Kunoichi. I even got all of those freakin' kimonos.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Amazing Princess Sarah is a pretty cool game. It's got some bugs and some faults, but over all i find it very enjoibles to play.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Another solid entry from this developer. Tight controls on this short but sweet action platformer. Lots of replay value in the New Game+ modes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I'll start off by saying I have enjoyed this game quite a bit more than the first game by the same group (Akane the Kunoichi). I think it's because the controls felt a lot more responsive than in that game. Though having though back to that game it did have its fun points too.

Anyways, Amazing Princess Sarah (APS) is a platformer that sorta has some RPG elements included. You gain experience while killing enemies but you don't really gain a whole lot from it (your sword does a little more damage, and your hp slowly increases). There is some replayability to this as when you beat it the first time around you unlock a New Game + (NG+) mode....Drunk Sarah. It is the same levels over again, but with the screen tilting side to side like, well, you're drunk or something. Each of the additional modes have their amusing quirks which adds to the charm.

For the most part there isn't anything TOO difficult though the monsters can be pretty trolly at times. Like in many platformers, as long as you are patient you'll find your way through whatever section is bothering you. The bosses end up being rather amusing and include some simple strategy to discover to beat them. This strategy can vary on each playmode as well, so it's not a complete rerun of the same thing over and over.

While I was sorta disappointed with the final ending (after playing through all the variations), it was satisfying to finally beat it. The achievements themselves aren't a huge issue to complete as most are just progressing through the game anyways which I definitely prefer over how many games include a TON of farming/weird action achievements (there is 1 of each for this game but they're not bad).

The soundtrack is pretty nice as well. There's one track that sounds eerily like a song from a well known band but the other songs are fun to listen to and add atmosphere at various points. Overall, I enjoyed the game a lot but like many platformers...just be patient (seems to be a thing on my reviews lol).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Nice challenging platform game. I loved the difficulty level. The platform part is challenging and the bosses are easy.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Unlike most i didnt buy this game because ♥♥♥♥.... Don't look at me like that i'm seriouse.... OKAY OKAY the ♥♥♥♥ played a minor part in the purchase of this game.

Okay this game feels like it could be fun if it was executed better in my opinion. The unfairness of the game doesnt stem for the game being difficult it self, its slightly challenging.. but because of physics and the controls and the RNG of the bat spawns and the sometimes completly unresponsive controlls, this game becomes one of the hardest games to play.

BUT if you can look past those problems there is a fun game hiding with in the clevage.... i mean flaws

but who am i kidding we all know why people bought this game


Word of the Review : ♥♥♥♥
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9 of 22 people (41%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game is perhaps the best tribute ever done to the true underbelly of the NES era, a game to remind people why you should not go too retro. Indeed, all thetypical things AVGN complained about in his game reviews can be found in this game:
- awkward controls? check. You can't even move while attacking with your sword
- bats? check
- terrible scrolling/unable to see bottom for safety? check
- etc etc etc

This game is good for a laugh but definetely not something to take seriously and complete to the end. I can't recommend this as long as the controls are as poor as they currently are. I suggest the developer buy super meat boy and play it to understand what good controls in a 2d platformer are. Super meat boy is and always will be the benchmark for 2d platforming controls.

This is still the best 2d "female protagonist" game on steam so if you are looking for a sexualised platformer, this is the best one to pick, ultionus is horrible and timespinner is not out yet.

Edit: Apparently there is a better 2d female protagonist game on steam..... Don't buy this game. Don't listen to the boobs. Don't let super mario bros 2 nostalgia bait you into getting this.

Edit2: There is a small redeeming quality to this game that anyone who makes it to the end of level 1 will immediately notice. The boss battles are fantastic. This is one area where the trailer was accurate
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I would like to preface that I wanted to like this game. I really did. However, this game feels unfinished in general.

The game has a number of small missing details from a complete game, such as music during game over or when the levels are cleared. Instead, it cuts the music entirely. Likewise, there isn't much in the way of enemy variety. The few that exist are merely recolored over and over to indicate that they're stronger/faster. Levels go on far too long, and are poorly designed. Even the basic concepts like the combo system is poorly implimented. THrown enemies, for the most part, can only kill one enemy when they hit them. Theres no domino effect to kills, nor any reliable ways to get high combos beyond meleeing enemies in a small group cluster. All in all I'd say avoid this game. It feels like someone's first project in game maker, rather than a completed game.
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73 of 81 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
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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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
The opinion of a Dad on a budget.

Who here loved Super Mario 2? Did you love playing as Peach?
If you answered yes to those questions then this game is for you. If you have never played those games or if you are too young to know what I am talking about then this game is still for you.

Amazing Princess Sarah is a retro platformer with a modern soundtrack that pays homage to the much underrated Super Mario Brothers 2. The level design is tough but not impossible and the bosses are fun a quirky. There is also a surprising variety of baddies with cool powers.

My criteria for a good budget game is 1 hour of fun for every $1 I paid. This is a $5 game and I am pretty sure I will get at least 10 of fun out of this one. So if you are looking for a super fun game pick this one you will thank me.

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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I've played this game for two hours so far and made it to the third of five castles. It's pretty good.
- It's has a simple concept, aside from being able to hurl fallen enemies it's a very basic platformer
- Platforming is challenging, I died a lot, sometimes it was frustrating but it's reasonably fair and it didn't make me want to quit

http://youtu.be/IZQkEcFtg3s
Aside from throwing bodies you can jump and use a basic sword attack. There is a good variety of enemies from the very beginning and throughout the game. This helped to make it more interesting.
-----Platforming was hard. You have to avoid and deal with various enemies while you are jumping around, which made things complicated. There were several sections which I had difficulty with, at each one I died at at least 10-15 times. In the first castle there is room in which you must scale a series of small moving platforms. I constantly fell off them back to the bottom, just touching the stick on my gamepad slightly would often send my character dashing off these surfaces. This is the reason I say platforming in this game is *reasonably* fair not simply fair. I felt that the in that section the platforms might need to be a little bit bigger. But aside from that, yes I do think the platforming is fair. I enjoyed platforming in later sections more.
-----Okay there is one thing that I think the needs to be changed, the bats. I spent 15 minutes trying to do another one of those moving platform sections and was failing over and over again. The bats that fly at you make it very difficult. Unlike other enemies they continually respawn. They move up and down so it’s really hard to time your attacks to hit them sometimes. It is especially difficult to kill bats when you are standing on a platform. If you turn around to face the right direction you will fall into a pit of spike and have to start the section again. So I think they should at least not respawn.
-----There are checkpoints which are reasonably frequent. You have unlimited lives so you can return to them as many times as you need. Sometimes the game is a bit cruel though. For example I was caught unawares by some bottomless pits at the end of a long section before I reached the checkpoint so I had to start that bit over again. And after another particularly difficult section it is possible to miss the checkpoint at the end if you jump the wrong way. You can't actually see what's at the bottom of some falls. I think I would have cried if I jumped the wrong way after that lol. That definitely would have been unfair!
-----Your character actually earns experience points by killing enemies to gain levels. At higher levels you have more health points and I think you might do more damage. I felt that this balanced out the difficulty because it meant the more you died the stronger you became. This is because during every attempt you make at a section you are killing monsters and leveling up. So each time you level up the game get's a little bit easier. I had trouble surviving sections with 80 health at around level 30. I would have had an extremely hard time if I only had the 20 health you start the game with.
-----Surprisingly the boss battles were actually a relief from the difficulty of the platforming. I fought two of the bosses and I found them quite easy. I only died once at each one and was able to figure out how to beat them quickly. I don't know if they are intentionally easy. But it was a nice change of pace for me.

I liked how the game looked. It reminded of a lot of various old titles, such as Dangerous Dave. It was pretty good nostalgic experience.

I recommend trying this game out. It was fun and challenging. At the rate I was going I think you should be able to get your money's worth out of it in terms of hours of entertainment.

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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Amazing princess Sarah is an amazing game especially for the price for the opening week it is £3.39 that is a brilliant price fo this game I ahve beaten the first 3 levels of this so far and am looking forward to the 4th. The game is hard let me tell you that now, you will die but if you like a game that challeneges you then this game is for you. I can't recomend this game enough. BUY IT you will not regret it
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Fans of 2D platformers ought to enjoy this, as you take the role of pixelated busty Princess Sarah to stab c*nts and throw their corpses at other c*nts, all in the hopes of rescuing her father the King who seems to have taken a liking to assorted busty demonettes.

Puzzles are easy enough, but the platforming can get a bit tricky, with plenty of traps to get in your way, as well as c*nts who will love knocking you around. The first stage was pleasantly nostalgic of Castlevania, as well as some of the boss designs. Also, those damn bats are almost as pesky as those Medusa Head c*nts whose purpose seems to be making the player scream and curse.

The music in Amazing Princess Sarah is charming enough, with ambiant tunes playing while you explore various environments, and the soundtrack kicks it up to more rockin' tunes when battling it out with a boss.

Definitely a recommended purchase, particularly for those who enjoy 2D platformers where stabbing and slashing annoying demon b*stards is a must.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Despite the game's completely blatant fanservice (which I do not consider a bad thing as it does not get in the way of the game itself), this is a fun little RPG platformer that comes with a few twists and turns which are daunting at best and cheap at worst.

There are enough levels, achievements, options, and challenges to keep you occupied for a while. All in all, for any fans of platformer RPGs such as Metroid and Castlevania, I'd recommend giving this a shot.

Be warned though, things do get tough almost immediately after the first level.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
>Great solid retro feel.
>Controller scheme responds well.
>Refreshing sidescroller with interesting level design.

The pricing justify's the great refreshing experience.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Do you even lift?

Lift things and throw them as you try to avoid being hit by 15 spooky skeletons, 8 zombies, and 4 harpies while jumping from moving platform to moving platform suspended over spikes and bottomless pits as you slowly get annoyed.

Pretty much your standard 2d platformer with the added lifting mechcanic and mild RPG stuff as you level up, but good for a goof for a few hours.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I liked it, but I did find it a little difficult do to getting use to the jumping machanics in the game. I still like the whole thowing enemies to other enemies.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Any game that lets you use Grandfather clocks and closets as weapons deserves attention.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
A very fun and somewhat fanservicey platformer. It's very reminiscient of old NES and SNES games, especially Super Mario Bros. 2, due to the picking up and throwing mechanic. It gets very hard near the end, and the game is a little short, but the various New Game Plus modes offer some variation and you may just find yourself coming back to this one again and again. Good fun and a definite reccomendation for people who like simple platformers.
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