Guess what came in the mail yesterday! A copy of The Princess Bride Game for my PC! I love the movie, so I was very excited to see what the game was like. But then I remembered that my husband likes PC games even more, so I asked him to play it while I watched over his shoulder and asked annoying questions. So here is our take on The Princess Bride for Mac and Windows.
The installation was fool-proof, taking only 8 to 10 minutes to install and load. Once it was installed there was no need to reboot, so you can immediately get started. And the game moves real smooth! There are no long load times between levels.
Graphics were cute and very cartoony. Princess Buttercup, Wesley and the other characters were easily identifiable!
Now, there are 5 main levels (episodes) to move through, which are then further divided into 72 sublevels. To get from one sublevel to the next, you have to complete certain tasks that start getting more and more complex. The main levels are:
As You Wish: Where Wesley first meets Princess Buttercup and she bosses him around. The constant "Farm Boy" calls from Princess Buttercup makes you wonder how Wesley could love her. It was brief distraction during those challenges. And then Wesley answers with the well-known, "As you wish". During the little sublevels she had Wesley give her carrots, chase foxes, milk a cow, fertilize fields and more.
Battle of the Wits: This is where Wesley meets Vizzini. You will play anagrams, word puzzles and answer "trick" questions.
Fire Swamp: This is where you run into the ROUS. You play as both Wesley and Princess Buttercup and move through a maze. It's old-school Mario and Donkey Kong style. Both Buttercup and Wesley have their individual strengths, so sometimes Wesley should go first and other times Princess Buttercup.
Miracle Max's: Here you help Miracle Max make potions. You locate items in his house and help brew potions.
Storming the Castle: With the other 4 levels, you can jump around and play whatever you want. But you have to finish the other four main levels before you can storm the castle! That might take us a little while.
The narrator, the granddad, leads you through the game at each main level and you get to watch a video that explains what is going on. They tried to get the original cast for voices, such as Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright-Penn). Where they didn't, they got a pretty close approximation of the voice. They also included the theme music from the movie into the game.
The game is definitely not geared towards 29 year old dads, although this kept Kevin busy for the night. He does say he would like to play this with the boys, though, since I won't let him play Conan with them. I would say it is a fun game for young children, between the ages 7 and 12. I imagine it would be more of a "girl" game. And I think parents who watched the movie when it first came out would get a kick out of their own children jumping into this Fantasy Land of puzzles, word games and problem solving. The Princess Bride Game is rated E for Everyone. It has "Comic Mischief" and "Mild Cartoon Violence". I guess this refers to actions, like poking a fox who was trying to eat chickens or killing ROUSes. There is no blood or gore. It is a problem solving game, not an "action" game.
So, overall it is cute. It would make a nice stocking stuffer for a real fan of the movie and it is a safe game for your children to play.