In a world where wolves can sing (never mind having two eyes on one side of their heads), witches rule dark forests, and little princes are completely stupid comes a heartwarming tale of seriously messed up proportions. So, there’s this wolf that enjoys singing to the moon every night. The forest that she, the wolf, sings in is full of dangerous creatures and fowl beasts… like a wolf that sings. Enter this prince kid who enjoys the singing and comes out to listen.
Then this idiot kid decides to applaud, narrowly escaping getting eaten by the wolf. Well, the wolf decides not to eat the idiot prince child because she appreciates the applause. Bravery and stupidity going hand in hand like peanut butter and chocolate so you have a prince who just has to see who is singing this lovely tune he keeps hearing. To what end? An autograph? No. Curiosity – the kind that kills cats. As the prince comes upon the wolf as she is singing, she freaks out and takes a swipe at the prince because she does not want him to see that the singer is this hideous creature. This completely ruins the prince’s eyes making him the “blind prince” in the title. What about the Liar Princess? That’s the wolf. You see, the wolf feels bad for what she has done and wants to bring the prince to the witch who rules the forest to fix his eyes. The game tells the story better and I will let it do so, but I wanted to give you the gist of it.
First and foremost I would like to mention how beautiful of a game this is. When I say beautiful, I’m not talking about one facet of it like the music or the graphics. With the beautiful tag comes the overall warmth and quality of the title. The story is told like a fairy tale without English voice over, so it’s in Japanese. The music that plays is very good and sets the mood very nicely. The controls are spot on enough to make the game extremely enjoyable and then there are the little touches that propel this game to another level for me.
The music was the first thing to grab my attention while getting into The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. I immediately fell in love with the amazing sound that was coming from my speakers. This, as usual, forces me to tell you that it’s a good idea to play this one with the sound on or wearing headphones if you can’t. It truly is a large part of the experience. I don’t speak Japanese so I can’t tell if the voice acting does a good job, but it sounded fine to me.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a side-scrolling 2D adventure title that completely reminds me of Ico. Your lying wolf princess is to take the blind prince by the hand and lead him to the witch. While this just doesn’t seem like a good idea, it’s the hand that’s been dealt and I rolled with it. Maybe I would call this more of an adventure puzzle game since you have to figure out how to get the prince from point a to b and not let him fall to his death or get eaten by whatever. You must switch to wolf form to combat foes and then switch back to princess mode to grab the boy’s hand. As you can imagine, if you grabbed his hand as a wolf he may have a heart attack and die from the fright.
This might seem like a small thing to many, I’m not really sure, but it really struck me as an insanely awesome feature and that is the animation of the princess wolf liar grabbing the sightless prince’s hand. When she is walking around, she has a bit of a sad mouth. When she holds the prince’s hand, that frown turns into a cute little smile and it seems that life and warmth are also added to her eyes. The same goes for the prince. He looks terrified when she isn’t holding his hand, but when she does grab on you can see in his face that he is comforted and happy. What this did was suck me right into the relationship between these characters and any jaded, cynical, or angry gamer feelings I had washed away like oil off a duck when you use Dawn dish soap. It’s still a bit of work, but eventually it comes clean.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is another home run from Nippon Ichi and has climbed its way into a top ten spot on my Switch games list. From the music to the puzzle solving it ticked all the boxes for me on what a great game is. It’s charming, entertaining, and different enough to stick out from the pack.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Review
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 9/109/10
- Gameplay - 8/108/10
- Lasting Appeal - 8/108/10
Final Thoughts: GREAT
A heartwarming tale of a wolf who lies and a prince with curiosity crossed with a little stupidity comes to your Switch with hours of enjoyable gameplay. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a 2D adventure title with puzzle solving aspects that reminded me of Ico from years back and that’s a very good thing.
Jay has been an avid gamer since the Intellivision days. His hobbies include building PCs, 3D modeling and printing, and spending time with his children and dog.