• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2009
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. The fundamental principles behind the gameplay and strategy in Fat Princess are quite ingenious: take up to 32 players and divide them into two teams. Let the members of these teams assume one of four classes (mage, warrior, worker, priest) and then let them use the unique characteristics of their chosen class to either infiltrate the enemy base to steal their princess or defend the home base. It's an addictive and thoroughly pleasing experience, if you find the proper teammates that is. Fat Princess ranges from a decent to a fantastic online experience.
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Marvelous blend of fast paced action and team strategy offers many hours of multiplayer fun. Don’t forget your headset otherwise you’ll be disappointed. [Sept 2009]
  3. Edge Magazine
    70
    While you won't necessarily win without some loyal subjects from your friends list, there's a deceptive amount of fun you can have while trying. [Oct 2009, p.94]
  4. Potentially brilliant multiplayer romp hindered by PSN's lack of communication. Bundled headsets please, Sony.
  5. Fat Princess is like a cake with few layers: it's great when played with friends, and it's quite delicious, but it lacks some flavour and it will leave us a bit hungry.
  6. So the core design, which seems so elegant at first, leads either to quick decisions between teams of unmatched skill, or long slogs worthy of a Russian winter campaign. When the action drags on, the not-inconsiderable cute factor starts to wear away.
  7. Fat Princess looks delicious and, in theory, provides enough depth with her action-, RTS- and RPG-elements. But the game centers around cooperative team-play, and that doesn't happen too often when you play with other people. Most matches end up in a free-for-all where tactics aren’t anywhere to be found. On top of that your AI-teammates are dumb, the game suffers from bugs and lag and the Mage-class is far too powerful. Fat Princess just didn't become the game we wanted it to be.
  8. Much like the cakes that the princesses so greedily scoff down, the game is delicious at first, an overwhelming confection of bright colours and varied flavours, but the sugar rush wears off much too quickly, leaving you bloated and exhausted.
  9. There's only so much the cute presentation can gloss over, meaning some serious changes will need to be made if the game is going to have any real legs.
  10. The princess may have bitten off more than she can chew with her clever but confused multiplayer melees.
  11. Play UK
    60
    Ultimately, Fat Princess is a victim of its own focused creativity. It may have visual appeal and at first seem to offer a lot but it doesn’t take long to realise proceedings are rather dull; matches last a ridiculously long amount of time. In tiny bursts there’s definitely some appeal. It’s just ever so short. [Issue#183, p.80]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 198 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 198
  1. MT
    Dec 6, 2009
    9
    this is one of the best psn games i've netter played. the only thing that keeps it from perfect is the balancing issues.does 10 humans this is one of the best psn games i've netter played. the only thing that keeps it from perfect is the balancing issues.does 10 humans and 6 bots vs 4 humans and 12 bots seem fair? i thought not Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    Fat Princess was highly innovative when it was first released, and it still is a unique game in a sense. The design of characters and settingsFat Princess was highly innovative when it was first released, and it still is a unique game in a sense. The design of characters and settings (which are a fairy-tale in themselves) is probably its main strength together with the multiplayer mode. The campaign is interesting and enjoyable despite not being too long, but it certainly is its online mode that will keep you playing for hours.

    You can like Fat Princess more or less, but there is no doubt it is a different fresh game.
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  3. Sep 13, 2016
    3
    I don't understand how people can look past the game's flaws and say it's a great game.

    The level design is poor; just moving around your
    I don't understand how people can look past the game's flaws and say it's a great game.

    The level design is poor; just moving around your base can be an exercise in patience, as there are staircases, walls you can't jump over, that don't have to be there at all. Then there are the lava levels where you have to wait (sometimes your only option) for the lava to go down before you can move forward. And beyond that I've seen players jump to places they shouldn't be able to.

    Online matches can be laggy, where the game pauses for a few seconds now and then, and speeds up afterwards (there's nothing wrong with my connection).

    Worst of all, though, is the pay-to-win DLC. A Ninja can just teleport the princess from your base to theirs. The game is even brazen enough to taunt you by placing a DLC hat type in your base, saying you'd be able to do something about the DLC classes, if only you'd bought the DLC yourself. The most shameful of game design shenanigans.
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