I'm always up for a good old puzzle game and here's one that completely knocked my socks off; it's the delightful Princess Farmer.
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Princess Farmer stars a bunny who's an ordinary farmer but she soon gets magical powers from Mother Gaia that allow her to lift entire rows of vegetables. From then on, she goes on an episodic adventure where she meets a wide variety of bunny chums that she can alter relationships with via making different dialogue choices. As I played, I almost always had a BFF relationship with everyone except for the mysterious villain. Anyway, the dialogue is absolutely hilarious and the fact that you constantly make decisions adds even more engaging fun to the equation. I loved meeting every bunny, especially one that speaks in incomprehensibly thick British slang and a robot bunny that isn't much help but made me laugh regardless as I said, "Hey, don't pick that veggie up! I was going to use it!" 🤭 v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94
The visuals of Princess Farmer are lovely with adorably animated sprites and bright environments that are great fun to solve puzzles in. Whether you're farming in a diner's kitchen or on the side of a snowy mountain, taking in the sights is a treat. The character art is also adorable, especially when you say blushy things. To top it all off, the audio is beautifully accomplished with chill beats and satisfying effects whenever you manipulate the playfield. Plus, hearing a little musical chime whenever you scoot left and right is quite cute. 😊
I know what you're thinking; just how the heck to you play Princess Farmer? I've been a huge puzzle game fan for over 30 years and I can best describe this as a combination of Magical Drop and Yoshi's Cookie. If you're not familiar with those titles then don't worry; I'll explain. Basically, you move left and right over a playfield while picking up and placing vegetables (of which, you can hold 5 at any given time) and as you pick them up, more arise in that column. So, making matches of 3 vertically, horizontally, or diagonally can be tricky but the key is to simply keep things moving. Thankfully, the controls are tight and it's a very intuitive game to play. 🎮
Although the core gameplay is solid enough on its own, Princess Farmer incorporates an absurd amount of variety that constantly changes things up. Not only does the playfield regularly change sizes between stages, you also have many rule changes to deal with, too. For example, you may only be able to make diagonal matches or you can only score in certain zones. It's a ton of fun to see what will get thrown at you next. However, there are also times when you'll scratch your head such as segments where the vegetables change when you lift and place them which makes things extremely random. I think the tactic to use in those stages involves making matches as columns shift upwards but it's still confusing nonetheless. Anyway, there's a ton of variety and that's undeniably a great thing. 😄
There's a lot packed into Princess Farmer. It's basically structured so that you complete 9 episodes and there's a quick play mode, too, where you can enjoy an assortment of puzzles from the campaign via different difficulty settings. No matter which mode you play, you can enjoy the puzzle fun cooperatively with a chum which is awesome although I would have liked to see a competitive mode as well. As you progress in the campaign, you'll acquire gifts from befriended bunnies and earn heart coins that you can redeem for customization items such as outfits, dyes, and sparkles which is a nice touch. However, I still would have liked to play more modes such as a list of challenging scenarios, some sort of score attack with leaderboards, or an arcade-style mode. That would have been awesome! 🤓
As a puzzle game enthusiast of over 30 years, I must say that Princess Farmer is one of the best puzzlers that I've ever played. It's hilarious, thoroughly fun, and features an absurd amount of variety. If this is just season 1, I can't wait for season 2!
- + Phenomenal blend of puzzle formulas with tight and intuitive gameplay
- + Hilarious dialogue in a charming world
- + Ridiculous amount of variety
- - Could use more modes such as a competitive multiplayer component
- - Some stages can be a bit confusing