Battle Princess Madelyn by Casual Bit Games Inc. is an retro styled indie game recently released for all major platforms. It takes large inspiration from Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap and Ghouls ‘N Ghosts with a slightly more lenient difficulty. The game was originally funded through KickStarter successfully and since has been available to non-backers through the eShop on their desired console.
Suit Up and Defend Your Keep!
Battle Princess Madelyn follows the story of Madelyn avenging the death of her dog, Fritzy and saving her town from the ever looming evil forces. As mentioned before, Battle Princess Madelyn takes hard inspiration from Ghouls ‘N Ghosts with it’s animation and attack style, with Madi even being put into what looks like her pajamas once hit (much like Arthur losing his armor and being put into his underwear in Ghouls ‘N Ghosts series.) The inspiration from Wonder Boy comes from the puzzles and emphasis on platforming, with Fritzy helping you solve puzzles and acting as your saving grace along the way.
It’s Tough, But Worth Your Pain
If you do have the misfortune of getting hit one too many times, Madi can be resurrected if Fritzy’s meter is filled up enough, lightening the looming feeling of death, making it much easier to progress in the game as long as you keep killing enemies to fill up that meter. Later in the game, you’ll unlock upgrades to both Madi and Fritzy, such as fireballs, extra armor, a double jump and more, making your journey though treacherous land a whole lot less stressful.
Not All Retro Styled Games Need to Look Pixelated
During my gameplay, I only had one major problem – and that was how high Madelyn can jump. I kept on finding ledges just a little bit too high for my jump and also fell down during jumps I should have made with ease, however, like any good game, I soon beat a boss and gained a Power Up that granted me the Double Jump, which solved all my problems. My only other complaint with the game is the choice to use pixelation on the cut scenes and text boxes. It’s not a game breaker, but the contrast from the amazing art in the main game and the clean animation being destroyed by a blurry mess took me out of the experience. The pixelation also made it hard to read certain text boxes in certain levels due to backgrounds and other compression issues.
Battle Princess Madelyn by Casual Bit Games Inc. is a fun, yet tough as nails adventure for all lovers of games that really give you a challenge. I highly recommend it to fans of Wonder Boy Series or Ghouls ‘N Ghosts to relive a classic style of game in a modern era. Battle Princess Madelyn is available to purchase on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, PlayStation Vita (with physical editions currently only available in Japan for the Switch, However, Limited Run Games are releasing a PS4 physical later in the year with the possibility a Switch copy too in the near future.)
UPDATE: Very shortly after writing this review, Casual Bit Games announced an update which will include an easier to read font, a new map and new modes. Most of my issues will be addressed in this update, which just makes this an even better game, knowing that the developers are willing to make your experience comfortable.