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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Battle Princess Madelyn is a running and jumping game where you defeat hordes of enemies like the classic arcade game Ghosts 'n' Goblins. It's similarly fast-paced and difficult, here though you have to pick your way through labyrinthine levels, and use magical powers to find secret locations and portals.

You play the princess Madelyn, who finds her family gone and her kingdom in ruins. You set out on a quest to rid the land of evil, defeating the multitude of enemies that have invaded and fighting powerful bosses. You run and jump across vast chasms and traverse huge expanses, with a variety of both short-and-long-range weapons. When you defeat enemies, they drop gear and weapons you can then use to take on more powerful enemies.

The game map is huge and has many secret passages and alternate routes that can lead you to treasures and helpful weapons, armour and items you need later on, so exploration is essential. The combat and traversal are intentionally challenging and require a degree of memorisation of the layout, position of portals and how to defeat the many types of enemy.

Unlike other games that grant you plenty of health, a few hits from any attack or one mistake when avoiding obstacles and you'll have to start the stage again. You'll die often, but part of the fun is in overcoming the intense challenge. The arcade mode does away with the story and focuses exclusively on the gameplay challenge, featuring more but smaller rooms which require even tighter, more focused gameplay execution.

It's a unique take on the classic platforming formula, which adds new challenges and mechanics, but still requires the same ultra-precise actions and fast-paced reflexes.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Real Monster Bath (@RealMonsterBath)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence and Fear. This is a retro arcade style of game and involves the player’s character throwing knives and or axes at enemy characters. Each throw causes a flurry of weapons to be flung at a character. When hit there is a flash of coloured light and smoke and the character disappears, there are no audible pain noises. Some of the enemies, most notably the bosses, can be frightening to young children.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game is very challenging and requires a great deal of patience and perseverance in addition to fast reflexes, problem-solving and logic.

CostsCosts

Battle Princess Madelyn usually costs £11.99 to £13.49.
 

Battle Princess Madelyn

Switch Store Switch £13.49

Battle Princess Madelyn Royal Edition

Switch Store Switch £11.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. On the Nintendo Switch system, you can also buy Battle Princess Madelyn: Royal Edition, which has no story mode and features instead an extended and refined arcade mode.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Battle Princess Madelyn Accessibility Report documents 14 accessibility features:
The game is incredibly difficult and requires extensive use of fast-paced button inputs and simultaneous button presses. This is perhaps the single biggest barrier to progression.

The text throughout the game is high contrast but is still difficult to read due to the very pixelated font used and fairly small (at times) size. While colour is not generally used to distinguish between different items, there are some background effects, that can't harm you (ie. falling leaves), that could be mistaken for projectiles if not for their colour.

There are virtually no navigation markers at any time throughout the whole game, making the progression through the game particularly challenging at times, especially when the progression forward is not at all obvious, such as falling through a seemingly solid floor. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that you often have to double back on yourself to collect previously inaccessible items or areas.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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