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Steal Princess
Steal Princess Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Climax Entertainment, Marvelous Entertainment
Publisher(s) NA Atlus
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP July 29, 2008
NA May 19, 2009[1]
PAL September 2009
Genre(s) puzzle game, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: E10+

Steal Princess is a puzzle-based platform game developed by Climax and Marvelous and published in North America by Atlus.[2] The game is due a European release by Rising Star Games in September 2009.

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Gameplay

The game is divided into larger areas that are subdivided into multiple levels. Levels are short and generally only take a few minutes to complete. The goal often involves defeating a set of enemies and activating switches in order to gain access to the level's exit.[2] The puzzle elements in the first few levels combine to form more complex puzzles as the game progresses.[2] There is also a level editor feature to allow players to create their own puzzles and share them on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection network.[3]

Plot

Anise, a master thief, accidentally triggers a booby-trap in the palace of the Ancient Demon King.[3] She barely escapes and is knocked unconscious. A fairy named Kukri rescues her and takes her to Albyon Castle. Kukri claims that Anise is a descendant of the Legendary Hero of Albyon and thus, the king commands her to save the prince who was captured by the demons in the Demon King's palace.[3]

Development

In December 2008, the ESRB leaked the announcement of three games which Atlus would be releasing in North America, including the announcement of Steal Princess.[4] A week after the leak Atlus jokingly said in a press release that all future release announcements would be made via the ESRB website.[5] Steal Princess was officially announced on January 15, 2009 with a release date scheduled for March 24, 2009.[3] Three of Atlus's game's releases were rescheduled in February 2009, including Steal Princess whose new release date was for April 21, 2009.[6] Atlus announced in May that they would be delaying Steal Princess by a few weeks, until May 19, to allow more time to advertise the game.[1] To appease gamers that were counting on the April 21 release, a free mini-poster was packaged with the game.[1]

Reception

 Steal Princess
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 60% (14 reviews)[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 3/5 stars[8]
GameZone 6.9/10[9]
IGN 6.7/10[10]
Official Nintendo Magazine 72% [11]
NGamer 6/10[12]

Steal Princess was released in North America on May 19, 2009.[1] The game received average reviews from critics with a rating of 60% on Metacritic.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Atlus Pushes Steal Princess To May". IGN. Atlus. 2009-04-02. http://ds.ign.com/articles/969/969090p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  2. ^ a b c Tong, Sophia (2009-03-19). "Steal Princess Hands-On". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/ds/strategy/steelprincess/news.html?sid=6206422. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Atlus Pockets Steal Princess". IGN. Atlus. 2009-01-15. http://ds.ign.com/articles/945/945426p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  4. ^ Fletcher, JC (2008-12-01). "Atlus grabs Steal Princess, mystery RPG". Joystiq. http://nintendo.joystiq.com/2008/12/01/atlus-grabs-steal-princess-mystery-rpg/. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  5. ^ Fahey, Mike (2008-12-08). "Atlus Makes Light Of ESRB Leaks". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5104188/atlus-makes-light-of-esrb-leaks. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  6. ^ "Atlus Adjusts Release Schedule". IGN. Atlus. 2009-02-03. http://ds.ign.com/articles/950/950624p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  7. ^ a b "Steal Princess Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ds/stealprincess. Retrieved 2009-11-20.  
  8. ^ Yup, Ivy (2009-05-19). "Steal Princess Review". GamePro. http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/210317/steal-princess/. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  
  9. ^ Romano, Natalie (2009-06-01). "Steal Princess Review". GameZone. http://nds.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r37309.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  
  10. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (2009-06-12). "Steal Princess Review". IGN. http://ds.ign.com/articles/994/994398p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  
  11. ^ Bramble, Simon (June 2009). "Steal Princess review". Official Nintendo Magazine (43): 81.  
  12. ^ Sykes, Tom (2009-05-19). "Steal Princess Review". NGamer. http://www.gamesradar.com/ds/steal-princess/review/steal-princess/a-20090518143452640051/g-20090115161616829001. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  

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