Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
is an obscure 1984 Adventure Game
by Hudson Soft
, originally released for certain Japanese home computers and later ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System
and the Famicom. It stars Sir Cucumber, a knight of King Broccoli, whose kingdom has been usurped by the evil Minister Pumpkin and his cruel farmies. The king charges Sir Cucumber to rescue Princess Tomato
and regain the turnip emblem, promising her hand as his reward.
Gameplay alternated between a puzzle Point-and-Click interface, a few mazes, and "battle" sequences that are actually games of Rock-Paper-Scissors
. Although a few sequences can leave the player stumped, it's impossible to make the game unwinnable
and only one round of Rock-Paper-Scissors
actually has negative consequences for losing. Obscure, quirky, and a bit short, the game's nothing if not unique.
This game contains examples of:
- And Now You Must Marry My Son: Minister Pumpkin's plan for Princess Tomato.
- Bag of Spilling: At the end of every chapter, Percy will accidentally drop, be stripped of, or intentionally throw away some of the items you've gathered. Fortunately, it's never anything you need to keep.
- Carnivore Confusion: Played with in the ending
- Death Trap: At one point you're thrown in a sealed room filling... not actually all that quickly full of water.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Aspirin is the wonder drug that works wonders!
- Distressed Damsel: The eponymous Princess Tomato.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Through "chameleon grass".
- Fantastic Racism: Radishes apparently get a poor deal.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Cigarettes were changed to coffee, and alcohol to juice.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: You can try and catch a look at an orange in the shower. Complete with a graphic of the scene.
- Global Currency Exception: It's easy enough to collect "gold," but almost every single shopkeeper in the game only accepts coins.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: The city gate guard sees through your borrowed ID, but falls asleep at his post; the prison guards can't tell you're not one of them if you're carrying a paper lantern and their warden mistakes a carved piece of soap for a grenade; the palace guard is easily distracted; and the guard to Minister Pumpkin's room makes you fight him but after you win apparently decides you're pals.
- Heroic Mime: Sir Cucumber.
- Interface Spoiler: Not that the game's box art hides his presence at all, but you have a "Percy" option before he joins up with you; if you use it, the game merely asks, "Who's Percy?"
- Kid Sidekick: Percy.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Somewhat unusually for its genre, the game actively discouraged this type of behavior: Your inventory space is very limited, Percy constantly loses things in between chapters, and quite a number of items (mostly purchasable from stores) are completely useless.
- The Klutz: Percy.
- La Résistance
- Maneki Neko: There's one in the antique shop.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Lisa, for reasons never mentioned let alone explained, is human despite being Princess Tomato's sister.
- Overlord Jr.: Jr. Pumpkin.
- Password Save
- Plant Person: Most of the characters in the game.
- Point-and-Click Game
- Punny Name: "Bananda," the bandit banana, and Sgt. Pepper.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: Battles are a combination of Rock-Paper-Scissors and "Look Away".
- Rouge Angles of Satin: A few instances, such as "you can get passed the gate guard".
- Save the Princess
- Shout-Out: If you talk to Percy at a specific part of the game, he will boast that he beat Milon's Secret Castle in one day. If you talk to him again, he will say that he was kidding. Milon's Secret Castle is another Hudson game and is notorious for being nearly impossible to figure out.
- Snot Bubble: The sleeping guard.
- Spiritual Predecessor: To Veggie Tales
- Standard Hero Reward
- Stealth Pun: Lisa is Princess Tomato's sister, and "tomato" is a colloqial word for an attractive girl.
- Throwing the Distraction: Part of getting past a guard.
- Turns Red: Sgt. Pepper.
- Vendor Trash: Clover and carrots can be picked and sold, but are otherwise useless.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: "Hit" is one of your options. The game will often chide you for attempting to use it on helpful people, but it will occasionally allow you to deck someone for no purpose but your own amusement.
- What the Hell, Player?: Loves this one. You'll be scolded for everything from trying to "take" people to entering Lisa's room without knocking.