The Princess Guide

Nippon Ichi Software aka NIS American have been on a roll lately with releasing gem after gem after gem when it comes to niche Japanese games and localizing and or developing them for the west. We’ve had gems come out such as The Lost Child, Fallen Legion, God Wars, Labrynth of Refrain, and even the recent Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and now we have another game in the form of The Princess Guide and in this review we will delve into what makes this game special and If it is another hit tittle under NIS America’s belt or if it is a lackluster title that just doesn’t hit the mark. Let’s dive in and find out!

The game kicks off with you creating the main character and selecting their personality, looks, voice and more which leads into the main character being one of the greatest combat masters of all time and you are looking to help aid the four relic lands and the four princesses that inhabit these lands as you seek to end strife in the world/pursue world conquest and much much more. The game gets started by asking you a few questions and based on what you choose will decide will select which of the 4 princesses that you will be starting with which the following are:


The Warrior Princess of the Alixon Kingdom and Captain of the Kingsguard


The Witch Princess and Prodigal Tyrant of the most powerful guild


The Rose Princess and fallen Duchess of the Yudaria Family


The Dragon Princess and 64th descendant of the dragon priests that are advocates of the North Kamara Faith.

You don’t have to worry about missing out by picking one princess over another as once you finish with one princess you will begin with another as each princess has their own threat that you will face and ultimately you will see how their stories will bleed into one another leading to them all being together.

The Princess Guide is a Strategy Action JRPG, the gameplay is a mix match of many things from action hack n slash to issuing commands in RTS fashion to map traversal and soldier recruiting ala tactical RPG style with focus on deployment of teams: the mix mash does a lot to keep the game fresh and engaging especially once you get to using each of the princesses as each one plays very differently from one another with Monomaria utilizing a gatling gun and being able to dish out damage , Alpana being both a heavy hitter and nimble, Liliarte having wide range when attacking, and Veronica being able to fling destructive spells without mercy so there’s no feeling of repetition amongst the princesses.