There always existed two races in this world: man and monster, both enjoying a separate peace. Centuries have passed, and mankind has begun to flourish. A shadow now looms over the land. The monsters have risen up against man. It is a time of great fear and suffering.
And so begins our tale... — The game's opening narration
Code of Princess is a Beat 'em Up game with customizable RPG Elements for the Nintendo 3DS by Agatsuma Entertainment and distributed by Atlus's parent company Index Corporation, heavily inspired by Guardian Heroes. Character and World Design were handled by Kinu Nishimura, famous for her work on the Street Fighter series and999 (as well as its follow-up, Virtue's Last Reward).When the kingdom of DeLuxia falls to a monster attack, Princess Solange Blanchefleur de Lux must take up her family's sword, the legendary DeLuxcalibur, and find the root of the monsters' sudden violent behavior. The mysterious Queen Distiny and her Distron Army swoop in to take care of the monsters, pinning the blame on DeLuxia's royal family. Now a fugitive on the run, Solange will need all the help she can get to evade the Distron Army while also fighting her way past scores of vicious monsters. On her way out of the royal city, she runs into several people who join her side as allies, including:
Ali-Baba, a lone thief who was betrayed by her second-in-command and kicked out of the group she once led.
Lady Zozo, a necromancer currently walking around in a body made of spare parts. Totally Not A Zombie (and don't call her one, either).
During their travels, they also run into others who have been affected by recent events. They include the powerful, but gentle martial artist Master T Drakkhen, the Blind Samurai Shooting Star Tsukikage, and the strict Battle Nun Sister Helga Wilhelmina (often known as "Sister Hel" due to her strict ways). As these people all come together, they soon realize that Queen Distiny is not who she seems... Hot on their tail is also Marcopolis "Marco" Neko, a dangerous feline merchant to whom Allegro is indebted, though Marco is more than happy to sell equipment to the party despite the debt.What makes the game's story stand out is the very funny script, gentle jabs at RPG and fantasy conventions, and the quirky, occasionally hammy cast of characters.Atlus released the game in the USA in October 2012.
After the End: Near the end of the game its revealed that the setting is actually far into the future, after humanity's growth went unchecked and they nearly destroyed themselves. The gods created the Empyrean Stone, the source of the world's magic and monsters, to keep humanity in a constant state of Medieval Stasis.
Chainmail Bikini: Solange, as pointed out both in the meta and in-game. Two soldiers mistake her for a prostitute.
Char Clone: Liongate seems to be designed with this in mind. He's even Solange's brother, Schwartz.
Childhood Friend: Ali Baba once went by the name of Alcena and had met Solange several years earlier; she was nearly executed for stealing a royal heirloom, but the sweet and innocent princess vouched for her by calling Alcena her friend and said heirloom a gift. Although Solange didn't recognize her right away, Ali did, which is why she helped her so easily in the beginning despite her cynical nature.
Counter Attack: In this case, it is called the Back Counter. This counter works if an enemy attacks from behind just before receiving the blow and then press the B button (weak attack). It can also work against a chain of attacks too, even if you did get hit.note Damage received has to be from a enemies weaker attack(s).
Feelies: First-run copies of the game come with the Sound and Visual Book, a CD with 8 music tracks housed in a small booklet containing character profiles and art.
Flat Joy: Zozo's battle banter comes across as this.
For Massive Damage: Don't expect to make a lot of headway in later quests without implementing the game's Lock-On and Burst mechanics. Using both together can quadruple your damage output for a short period of time.
Heel-Face Turn: Juppongi and Liongate (the latter was being mind-controlled, while the former was not and simply was not fully informed of the true intentions of Queen Distiny), as well as Alchemia in the Destroy the Stone ending.
Hero with Bad Publicity: You would think the face of Princess Solange would be more recognizable to her subjects. Worse, she and her father are being framed for treason.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: Distille steals Cocoa Macchiato's body to pose as Distiny, Cocoa steals her sister Milk's body to pose as Alchemia, Milk possesses a body of corpse parts. Which loses bits and pieces. Including some of her code which belongs to Distille...
Multiple Endings: Two of them, hinging on a choice in the final chapter of the game when Distille fuses her lifeforce with the Empyrean Stone, source of all magic and monsters in the world:
The Magic Goes Away: The "Destroy" ending, where Solange decides to Screw Destiny and destroys the stone with the faith that humans will be okay without it. This results in all magic going away forever and Zozo regaining her original body by necessity.
And the Adventure Continues: The "Reborn" ending in which Solange decides to leave the stone alone, confident that things are as they should be and that their descendants will take care of Distille when she emerges from the stone in 1000 years. Zozo's body is still missing, so they all run off to go find it.
Musical Assassin: Allegro Nantabile Cantabile fights with a magical electric guitar.
Necromancer: Lady Zozo, who is quick to point out that she is one when mistaken for a zombie.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Zozo, Tsukikage, and Master T all contain parts of Distille's split up "Code," and the DeLuxcaliber is the only thing that can recombine them. Oops.
Zozo to a lesser degree. She doesn't show nearly as much skin as Solange, but she is bottomless, save for a pair of panties. Also, a close look at official art reveals that, were it not for her overly-large scarf, we'd be seeing some underboob as well, and some of her midriff is in plain sight.
Sword Drag: Solange does this as she's a princess instead of a professional warrior, and the DeLuxcalibur is bigger than she is.
Theme Naming: Weapons have a tendency to be named after celestial bodies (Jupiter, Moon, Venus, etc.) or angels (Seraph, Cherub, etc.).
The Voiceless: Played with. It's mentioned early on that Zozo herself can't actually talk due to her tongue having fallen off, so she uses the skull on her staff to talk. She actually has plenty of spare tongues, she just doesn't see the point in reattaching one since she's not a people person.
Unskilled, but Strong: Solange, justified because she's a sheltered princess wielding a sword longer than she is tall.