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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

57%

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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Feb 12, 2019
Nintendo SwitchFeb 12, 2019

Publisher: NIS America

Seemingly plucked from the pages of an ancient fairy tale, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince tells the story of a solitary wolf, who sings a beautiful melody in her loneliness, and the young prince who seeks out the voice's origins. Upon finding its source, the prince inadvertently startles the wolf, who blinds him by accident. When the prince is locked away, the wolf seeks to free him and restore his sight. The wolf visits the witch of the forest to receive a human form so that the prince could no longer be harmed. In exchange for her singing voice, the wolf becomes a princess and returns to the blind prince. The two then embark on a dangerous journey to bring the prince to the witch of the forest and heal his eyesight. All will be revealed in this beautiful, haunting fairy tale of love and loss… Experience a tale within The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince in the Storybook Edition! Begin with “The Little Liar’s Fairy Tale”, a hardcover art book that outlines the journey of these titular characters. Soothe yourself with “Lullabies for the Blind Prince,” the official soundtrack that comes in a jewel case. Everything is carefully packed into a Collector’s Box. While supplies last. - Unleash Your Inner Monster - Transform at will from a princess into a wolf to guide the blind prince towards a cure. Weave through the dangerous forest, but be careful... A blind prince has no place in an all-seeing forest. - Brute Strength Meets Sharp Wit - Various obstacles will require the wolf's strength, and others will require the princess's wit. With so many traps and perilous hurdles that await, can the two make it safely to their final destination? - Lost Pages from a Forgotten Tale - With each delicate petal comes a fragment of memories shared by the wolf and the prince. Collect them along your journey and paint a vivid story of friendship, love, and loss.

Trailers

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince - Announcement Trailer (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince - I See The Way (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince - Ta-daa! (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

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As wonderful as the art and soundtrack are, and for as much as I enjoy the story, they can't quite save what is otherwise a pretty standard puzzle-platformer. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince only ever comes close to meeting its potential in the final stage of the game, and that's not an exaggeration. Every time it flirts with some creative concepts, it quickly retreats to its quotidian comfort zone. I personally love this game because I enjoy a good fairytale, but unlike the titular prince, I'm not so blind I can't see everything that's wrong with it.

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Overall, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince was a delightful experience and is undeniably a story to remember.

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince doesn't have the best puzzle and platforming mechanics nor the longest adventure. What it does have, however, are unique, charming visuals and a story filled with so much heart, everything else fades into the background. Throughout my short journey I smiled, laughed and cried — sometimes with joy. Maybe I'm just a sentimental sap. But this game is a wonderful reminder why I fell in love with video games.

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince continues Nippon Ichi Software's tradition of visually compelling games that sadly feel a little lacking in the gameplay department. This adventure of a wolf in human form leading a delicate prince through a dangerous forest could have benefitted from a deep level of puzzles and polish—and yet, in the end, it may still win you over due to its style and sentiment.

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