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Pretty Princess Magical Garden Island

Developer: Aksys Games

  • Price: $39.99
  • Release Date: Jun 22, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • While it doesn’t stand up well against the more refined farm sims available on the Switch, it’s great starting point for newcomers to the genre

    I’ll admit that whenever I see the word Princess in a game’s title my expectations tend to slide a bit, but then again it’s always nice to be surprised. Make no mistake, as the presence of that word would imply this is obviously a game more geared towards kids than adults, but after spending some time with it I’m not convinced that has to be a bad thing. While you’ve got quite a number of variations on the farm sim out there from the more action-oriented like Animal Crossing to the more outright simmy and RPG-like feels of Stardew Valley, I’d say that more often than not they’re really geared up for people who are already familiar with the basic concepts and flow of farm sims. Yes, they’ll walk you through what you need, but they’re really made for gamers with some exposure to certain concepts and who are ready to go. For people already familiar that means this will likely be a bit boring, as it’s pretty slow to get going and has a tendency to walk you through things in baby steps. That said, what would make it less appealing for more seasoned players would likely make it a great match for people lacking that exposure or the general experience to muscle through anything you didn’t know until you got your arms around the game’s mechanics. So with that in mind, perhaps the ideal target audience for this title is pretty narrow, but as someone on the lookout for gamers of all ages and levels of experience I’ll give it props for serving a segment of the audience that is often overlooked.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.5]

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