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Princess Fury is a stylish hack-and-slash game featuring a gutsy girl, her enormous sword, and lots and lots of baddies. While it leans heavily on genre mainstays, Princess Fury also keeps things fresh with varied missions and the bonus of having servants to fight with you. I wish that the difficulty was more balanced, but Princess Fury is a blast to play through nonetheless.
In Princess Fury, you control the princess. Her main weapon is her oversized sword, which is capable of sending lesser enemies flying halfway across the screen; however, she also has some other tricks up her sleeve. As you advance through the game you unlock various skills and abilities, ranging from advanced sword techniques to more exotic skills like lightning. Being a princess, she also has another advantage: command of her servants, who fight by her side. The game lets you decide if they should fight aggressively or defensively, but other than that you have no control over them.
Each level plays out differently thanks to a variety of mission types. Some levels are straightforward races to kill all of your enemies in the allotted amount of time, but others are more complex. These usually feature blue crystals, which appear in the level. In one introductory level, for example, you have to protect a blue crystal for two minutes. In later levels, you’ll have to fight your enemy for control of multiple crystals, resulting in a tug-of-war to maintain control. These are often the more difficult and entertaining missions.
Unfortunately, while the different missions keep things fun, advancing through the levels is hardly easy. Princess Fury’s difficulty level is oddly unbalanced and you’re often forced to play through previous levels a half-dozen times just to earn enough experience points to level up. (Oh, and the game doesn’t tell you how far you are from the next level, either.)
It’s an annoying quirk, but thankfully the game itself is fun enough to play that it doesn’t really matter. The graphics are bright and crisp, the audio is good, and the controls are responsive and big enough that you don’t worry about slipping fingers. Besides, just watching the princess whaling on bad guys is plain awesome. While it isn’t perfect, Princess Fury is nevertheless a fun hack-and-slash with plenty of action and a slash-happy heroine to boot.