Fat Princess: Piece of Cake Review – A Solid Puzzler with an Amazing Bonus [iOS]

fatprincess_iconI admit that I never played Fat Princess when it came out on PlayStation 3. I don’t even really know what it’s about. With that said, Fat Princess: Piece of Cake had me intrigued because of one little detail they mention in the description. “Escort your beloved princess through Level 15 and earn access to a download of Fat Princess (PEGI 16+) for your PS3 system at no additional cost.” That’s right, if you play this game, you have the chance of getting the full Fat Princess game for free. That was more than enough reason for me to check it out and I’m glad I did because Fat Princess: Piece of Cake turned out to be a pretty good game.

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake can best be described as a puzzle fighter. It’s basically a traditional match-3 style games with rules that will be quite familiar to anyone who has played games like Bejeweled or even Candy Crush. The difference here is that it adds a turn-based fighting element to it similar to that of an RPG. You get four distinct types of soldiers with their own attack moves. Colored blocks in the play area represent each of them and how they can attack based on the matches you make. Not only that, your soldiers can also be leveled up to perform higher damage per move. Also, like any good match-3 type game, there are power-ups you can earn to tilt the battle in your favor.

Graphically the game looks good and features many of the characters from the PS3 game along with what looks like the same art style. The same goes for the audio as well.

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake is a really fun puzzle fighter. It’s basically a standard match-3 style game at its core with the addition of a turn based fighting mechanic. It’s an interesting mix of genres that works rather well here. As a bonus for playing the game, you’ll notice that if you reach level 15, you’ll be able to redeem and offer to get a product voucher for the full Fat Princess game on PS3. That’s quite a bonus indeed. The only real bummer about this game though is that it’s a giant battery hog. Playing this is long stretches will drain your battery like crazy so be prepared for that. Other than that, I found the game quite enjoyable.

App Store Link: Fat Princess: Piece of Cake
Version: 1.11.412
Developer: One Loop Games | PlayStation Mobile
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: YesCompatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

Rescue the Princess! Fat Princess: Piece of Cake takes the comic medieval battle royale to the next level with a brand-new strategic match-3 game for mobile platforms. Charge into battle with 4 different character classes! Make matches to smash through the blue army! Collect gems to upgrade your troops! Feed cake to the princess to unleash her devastating slam attack! Trigger massive combos and save the kingdom!

Bonus PS3™ Game!

Escort your beloved princess through Level 15 and earn access to a download of Fat Princess for your PS3 system at no additional cost. You must complete Level 15 in the Fat Princess: Piece of Cake mobile game and have an active Facebook account to receive the voucher code. A valid Sony Entertainment Network account is required to redeem the voucher code and download the game to your PS3 system.

Game features:
• Strategic turn-based match 3 gameplay
• Over 55 levels across 5 unique lands
• Prove your skills on 10 bonus challenge levels
• Upgrade your characters for massive attack power and stronger defences
• Draw from an arsenal of clever power-ups to boost your score
• Compete against your friends for the top spot on the leaderboards

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake is free to download and can be played without making in-app purchases, however some in-game items such as power-ups and character upgrades can be acquired through in-app purchases. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling the in-app purchases on your device.

Spend stamina points to play – stamina points recharge over time and can also be bought in-game using gold coins.

Gold coins can be purchased or can be collected in-game at no extra cost. They can also be used to buy special power-ups, boosts and character upgrades.

A valid Facebook account is required to back-up your in-app purchases and gameplay progress online.

A third party analytics provider (Game Analytics) may collect data about how you use this app. For more info and to opt-out, visit: http://www.gameanalytics.com/privacy.html

[Source: App Store]

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