Percentile Rank

Battle Princess Madelyn is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

cublikefoot
Yes
Yes
Dec 10, 2018
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Expansive
Liked
Liked
Jan 8, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn is never subtle about its inspirations but that’s ok. Because it really does capture the heart and soul of what made those games so great, a rare find in the ‘modern masterpiece’. It’s not perfect nor the best representation of a side-scroller or Metroidvania, but the clear passion of the developers, as well as the charm and style of the game continually win me over. Even when I’m constantly lost and effortlessly overrun.

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 14, 2019

This is no child's game and it is absolutely challenging, but there is no satisfaction at the end of an easy road. All achievements are due when they are worked for. There are more and more 8 bit games coming out and I have to admit, as much as I thought that I did not want to play titles like these when they started becoming popular, I am glad I did.

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Scored Reviews

PS3Blog.net
85%
PS3Blog.net
Dusk Fox
85%
Dec 20, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn from Causal Bit Games and Hound Picked Games is quite an enjoyable game and one you should certainly check out!

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
PS4Blog.net
ThaRaven403
8 / 10
Dec 24, 2018

We both liked playing Battle Princess Madelyn even though we thought that there was certainly room for improvement to the game.

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VideoTime
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

I am a veteran in the world of video games, I met the Atari 2600 at an early age, but it was not love at first sight. Then in the mid-eighties a game captivated me and changed my life, I met Ghost and Goblins for NES.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is everything you need in a retro romp. The lack of a map with limited direction may be frustrating at times, but the heart and soul of Ghosts & Goblins remains true to form. Battle Princess Madelyn is a joy to play and a must for retro fans.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

While its adventurous ambitions fall short of nailing it, there's a lot to love about Battle Princess Madelyn. It's a beautiful game in sight and sound, with a dead-on Ghouls ‘N Ghosts vibe but designed to be much less frustrating, an incredible soundtrack with both old and new-school arrangements options, and an adorable Story Mode that pays homage to a classic story in adorable fashion. It's a bedtime story based on a nightmare that somehow comes out on the more pleasant, earnest end of that old school madness, and while it's a pain in the butt to find your way around without a map, the gorgeous settings and pitch-perfect platforming action make it feel worth the struggle.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is an immensely enjoyable throwback to the old-school that is consistently charming. The soundtrack and the graphics are both a delight and the character design is wonderful. While it can occasionally be a little frustrating the optimism in every aspect will keep you pushing through.

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TheXboxHub
Dec 19, 2018

All in all though Battle Princess Madelyn has been a wonderful waltz down memory lane.

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Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jan 7, 2019

If you love retro arcade action games, and more precisely, Ghost'n Goblins wannabes, you'll love Battle Princess Madelyn. Maybe the adventure mode it's a bit harsh, not for everybody's tastes and with a high difficulty level... but if the Capcom classic it's among your all time favorite games, here you'll find a worthy heir for Capcom's legacy.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2019

I had a lot of fun playing Battle Princess Madelyn, and if you want that retro feel of Ghouls and Ghosts without the mounting blood pressure, or at least not as a fast increase as Ghouls and Ghosts, definitely give Battle Princess Madelyn a shot.

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Geek Culture
7.5 / 10.0
Geek Culture
The Baroness
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2019

Beautiful visually and pleasing on the ears, Battle Princess Madelyn could have been much more. Unfortunately, it is bogged down by poor design choices and mechanics that need a more modern touch.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2018

With all this packaged together, the player is presented with a well-balanced package that gives gamers a taste of what it used to be like to be called a gamer but never pushing so hard as to cause a rage quit, tip over the arcade machine and demand your quarters back.

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Game Informer
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

With both arcade and story modes, there's a lot of old-school charm to enjoy, but be prepared for some old-school frustration as well

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jan 4, 2019

While not always clearly defined, Battle Princess Madelyn is still a damn decent excursion into the storied history of 16-bit platforming.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
SA Gamer
Ed Bartholomew
7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn is what happens when one mixes the whimsical mind of a seven-year-old child with the gameplay of old-school retro titles. Despite its flaws, the game provides an overall enjoyable experience.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is certainly a time capsule from a few decades ago for better and worse. Where the game succeeds, it does so well and with style. But, the multitude of minor pitfalls that inhibits gameplay progression and causes frustration held Madelyn back from being a true indie gem.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn lets you save your family, save the world, or just scrap the story and rack up points in Arcade mode.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

I probably won’t be rushing back into Battle Princess Madelyn‘s story mode any time soon, but if you’re up to the challenge of the game’s difficulty level, you’ll certainly get a kick out of its old-school animation and soundtrack.

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PC Invasion
Dec 6, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is both impressive in both visuals and audio. For better, and sometimes worse, the game has modeled itself after difficult games like Ghosts'n Goblins. Metroidvania fans will enjoy the expansive levels, however, satisfaction from level completion and boss fights are less thrilling provided the immediate backtracking you'll perform back through harms way throughout most of the game.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 20, 2018

Too much hand-holding in games can be a problem, but Battle Princess Madelyn goes in the opposite direction with its main Story mode and is just as annoying (if not more so) as a result. Thankfully, its alternative Arcade mode really does save the day, stripping away all the convoluted and confused exploration and leaving nothing but pure, unfiltered arcade action goodness. It's just a shame its main mode – and perhaps the key reason the developer wants your £15.79 / $19.99 – is so frustratingly unhelpful and awkward to play. Still, fans of Capcom's Ghouls ‘n Ghosts will most definitely want to check this out.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 31, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is clearly an homage to Capcom titles about slaying ghouls, ghosts and goblins but presented in an endearing, story within a story fashion.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn is an entertaining action and platform game that perhaps you have tried too much with its story mode, but it shines in the arcade section with a title that becomes fun, challenging, replayable, and that transports us to the era of recreational

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PSX Brasil
68 / 100
68 / 100
Dec 31, 2018

Although the existence of an Arcade Mode offers a more enjoyable experience and should please retrogamers, it is unfortunate that the length of the dungeons and the repetitiveness compromises the enjoyment of the ambitious story mode. Madelyn's adventure is problematic and needed more development time. The potential is there, it just needed a bit more of effort.

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Video Chums
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2018

For better and worse, Battle Princess Madelyn is an authentic retro experience.

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2019

As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the mode you choose to play will influence your impression of Battle Princess Madelyn. For arcade mode players, the game retains the spirit of Ghosts 'n Goblins, and while there are a few concessions to make the game seem a touch easier for newcomers, some of the design decisions suck away that enjoyment. For story mode players, those flaws are compounded by more design issues that make it a frustrating Metroidvania clone. In the end, the game's charm isn't enough to attract anyone but genre die-hards who are looking for a near-impossible challenge.

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PowerUp!
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2019

The visuals and audio are excellent and the gameplay is challenging and rewarding. If only it were easier to find your way around.

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Nintendo Times
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2018

WORTH CONSIDERING - I had such high hopes for Battle Princess Madelyn. The core concept works and if you’re just looking for another Ghouls ‘N Ghosts action game, play the arcade mode. The adventure mode is a mess with poor stage design and little to no direction on where or what to do next. Without a walkthrough most will never see the end.

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IGN Spain
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

A good game that will please retro lovers but one that offers too few new things to a genre that is getting saturated.

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Pixelophobia
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is an old game made today. It inherits all the virtues and all the flaws of its origin era. In addition it mixes styes which is tiring. It often shows why we wish to play old games, but when they come, we hate them.

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Screen Rant
Dec 10, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn offers equal parts fun and frustration.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 18, 2018

A game confused about what it wants to be — an accessible and fun side-scroller for the whole family to enjoy, or a brutal experiment into what Dark Souls would be like in a 16-bit format. Battle Princess Madelyn looks and sounds the part, but is so unforgiving it sucks all the fun out of it.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 7, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn tries to deliver a new twist to the old Ghosts'n Goblins formula. Unfortunately, its broken level design forbids Causal Games hommage to reach the same heights as Arthur's adventure. With no clues on what to do or where to go, even players looking for a tough challenge will only consider the arcade mode worthy of interest, if they want to enjoy the game's gorgeous graphics and art direction.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jan 7, 2019

The game's love for Ghosts ‘N Goblins is obvious but its refusal to cater for anyone but hardcore fans results in a frustrating and tedious slog – especially in story mode.

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pressakey.com
Jan 25, 2019

One has to appreciate Causal Bit Games will that they tried to further develop the formula of the clear role model, which is of course Ghouls 'n Ghosts. It would have been better, however, to hand over the story mode only when it is free of it's faults and better designed. It's annoying that the difficulty of the game too often lies in finding the easiest and luckiest route through the dungeons with every new screen death, while the arcade mode seems to be much more polished. So Battle Princess Madelyn remains a likeable game which brings fun for a few hours due to the arcade mode. This and the charming character design can't fool you about the numerous annoyances, and so Madelyn finally awakens one thing above all else: The longing for Knight Arthur.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 22, 2018

The arcadey gameplay of Battle Princess Madelyn is a treat, but the game's weak story mode drags down the package.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 5, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn follows the footsteps of 1980s 2D classics with very high levels of difficulty. With its metroidvania elements, Battle Princess Madelyn ends up not living up to its expectations but its more action-oriented arcade mode is certainly an enjoyable experience. While it's not a groundbreaking title and it suffers from gameplay problems, Battle Princess Madelyn has its redeeming factors.

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NintendoWorldReport
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

In trying to revive a decades-old series, Causal Bit Games created a Frankenstein's Monster of sorts. Adding adventure and exploration elements to the Ghouls ‘N Ghosts formula hasn't improved the experience. Forcing the player to replay the entire game only to retrieve a special weapon that can truly defeat the final boss was a better design choice than the ones made in Battle Princess Madelyn's Story Mode. The Arcade Mode saves it from mediocrity in that it allows players to enjoy the different environments, weapons, and bosses through a tough but beatable campaign. Regardless, questionable design choices and lack of gameplay explanations detract from the overall satisfaction. After spending time with Battle Princess Madelyn, I'm left with one lasting impression: I really want to replay Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts.

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neXGam
5.4 / 10.0
5.4 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn is not bad. But it's not good either. Apart from the compelling graphics, it is simply too uninspired, and thus the famous "one among many". In 2018 the competition is just too big. There are too many games that are better in terms of playability and gameplay than you should spend your time with this blender. Although the creators promised a few improvements via patch, at the time of the test, unfortunately nothing was yet to be seen.

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GameCynic
5.3 / 10.0
5.3 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

An interesting concept unfortunately marred by incredibly frustrating design choices, poor mechanics and directionless level design. Not recommended except for hardcore platformer aficionados who enjoy being masochistic.

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Just Push Start
2.6 / 5.0
2.6 / 5.0
Dec 22, 2018

Battle Princess Madelyn might not be a bad game; it just isn't special. All the difficulty stems from tricks, meaning the difficulty no longer exists once a player realizes it's all smoke and mirrors. With enemies, bosses and stages lasting longer than they really need to, it's an experience that doesn't invoke a desire to replay. At most alternate paths and hidden story bosses might, though even that is limited. So, unless you really want to play something like Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Battle Princess Madelyn is simply too hollow to be fun.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 8, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn is a difficult game to recommend on a whim. Its design and mechanics calls to mind the classics of yesteryear, but there's a distinct lack of follow-through. The story mode isn't hurting for content, as it features a slew of worlds to explore, bosses to battle, and goodies to collect. Unfortunately, not all of it is arranged in a manner that is appropriately compelling. The arcade mode trims most of the fat, but it lacks the challenge and polish that defined the arcade era. Still, one has to appreciate the effort that went towards appealing to fans of action-adventure and arcade games. If they're willing to look past the issues present in both modes, they might enjoy themselves. It helps that the art direction and music are really charming.

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Geeks Under Grace
4.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
4.5 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

A decent platformer with nods to difficult classics, there are a few problems with this one that keep the score down. Might be best to look elsewhere until a patch arrives.

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TheSixthAxis
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jan 11, 2019

Battle Princess Madelyn has some lovely animated cut scenes to enjoy, the plot begins in a charming manner that brings to mind the Princess Bride, and its retro inspired pixelated graphics are on point. If only they were attached to fun and compelling gameplay, then Battle Princess Madelyn really could have been a contender to capture the crown of Ghost ‘n Goblins. As it stands, it's probably best to avoid this one and break out your SNES from storage instead.

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