- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Nicalis
- Developer: Studio Saisenzen Co. LTD.
- Release Date: July 31, 2018
- Rating: T
- Genre: Action, RPG
- Players: Single Player/Co-op/Online [1-4]
- Official Website: https://nicalis.com/games/code-of-princess-ex#details
Code of Princess EX Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer
Who it Caters to
Code of Princess EX is an Action RPG title from the folks at Nicalis, the same team who brought us the very entertaining Cave Story as well as The Binding of Isaac. Anyone who loves a fast paced role-playing title with elements of humor, fighting game mechanics and a very challenging campaign will certainly have a blast with Code of Princess EX. The title actually made its debut on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2012 and now the Nintendo Switch version boasts even more content than ever before, with Guardian Heroes’ director and character designer Tetsuhiko Kikuchi and lead programmer Masaki Ukyo working on the title!
You’re Solange Blanchefleur de Lux, the exiled princess from the kingdom of DeLuxia after it had been attacked by monsters, with the royal family being the one to blame for all the madness. Now it’s up to you to reclaim the throne and uncover the mystery of why these monsters have suddenly appeared, and restore harmony back to the kingdom before it’s too late.
What to Expect
You’ll do most of the unlocking through playing Campaign and from there, all of the characters that you unlock will be available to use in Free Play. Every main character in the Campaign can equip various weapons and accessories that you get from successfully completing quests, or by simply purchasing them at the shop once it becomes available to you. If you’re in need of some assistance, Code of Princess EX grants you the opportunity to play both locally and online in cooperative play; if you’re feeling competitive there are modes that allow you to score high on the leaderboards, or track what’s known in game as “Princess Points”.
Those of you familiar with Capcom may also recognize some of the artwork in the game, which was created by the legendary Kinu Nishimura, the talented artist known for her amazing character art for Street Fighter II, Capcom vs SNK 2, Street Fighter IV, among other notable titles. With all of that in mind, anyone looking for an action RPG title with some solid artwork and gameplay will certainly have a field day with Code of Princess EX.
The main menu screen is clean and void of any extra fluff —which a lot of titles tend to do nowadays— so it’s nice to see Code of Princess EX maintaining a simple approach. The in game UI is also very clean and doesn’t detract you from the actual gameplay itself, allowing you to focus primarily on everything happening on the screen.
The battle music can get a bit repetitive at times while the sound effects sometimes don’t seem to sync correctly with certain moves. Maybe we’re being a bit nitpicky in this area but we feel that sound plays a major role in RPGs, and ensuring that music and effects line up well with what’s happening is imperative. The voice acting is solid and that’s a plus in our book, especially since it comes equipped with Japanese voice-overs. You’re not going to find any option to change it to English voice-overs sadly, so if you happen to favor English voice acting over the Japanese one you may be out of luck. In spite of it all, Code of Princess EX is still quite fun and we’ll touch base on that in the next section.
We stuck with Ali most of the game just because of her overall agility and that her bomb combos can lead to some heavy damage if set up correctly. That of course is where things get a little rigid because, while Code of Princess EX is certainly entertaining, it does suffer from a lack of explanation with regards to pulling off such combos in game.
It does provide a quick in-game tutorial on what each button does but doesn’t really dive deep into how to fully optimize your damage output, making it somewhat of a challenge early on the game. You’re sort of thrown into the pit and need to use trial and error to determine the best approach, which we found to be a little irritating a times, especially since the animations felt quite rigid during combo sequences. We weren’t sure if mashing buttons was the way to go or if things required more of a rhythm to fully generate big hitting combos, but over time we realized it was a bit of both.
Just the fact that things weren’t properly explained made the first several quests quite overwhelming since we just kept mashing our way through, but nothing effective came from it. We’re saying this because there will definitely be those out there who may not understand fighting game mechanics very well, and may simply think mashing away will be of great reward. Sadly, that’s not the case and so we encourage you to take the time to learn as you go, play with your favorite character and adapt on the fly. That’s perhaps the main flaw about Code of Princess EX’s gameplay, in that while things do get better down the road in terms of story and character development, it’s slowed down by the laggy animations during battles, and the lack of instruction may be a turn-off for those unfamiliar.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
You’ll most likely find all of the fun taking place both cooperatively and online once you’ve unlocked everything, since you can aim for high scores on the leaderboards and gain those precious Princess Points. Other than that, it’s a decent title where its pros weigh equally with its cons and so, it really will depend on the individual playing and their overall perception. We definitely recommend the title but just don’t go in with very high expectations. Have fun with it and enjoy the ride while it lasts!
- Artwork done by the legendary Capcom artist Kinu Nishimura!
- Gameplay is fun once you get the hang of it.
- Clean UI.
- Online/Local co-op play is always a plus for games like this.
- Battle sequences can feel laggy/stiff at times.
- The tutorial system could use a little more depth to explain things better.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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