Video Game / Protect Me Knight
"Save me... my hero! Defeat f$%kin' goblins!"
— Princess Lola during the introduction sequence

Protect Me KnightJP  is an indie Tower Defense game by Yuzo Koshiro's team of game developers at Ancient with Yuzo composing the game's music. The game pays homage to the classic 8-bit days of gaming with NES-styled visuals and MIDI chiptune music. The game's start-up sequence even has the player attempting to get the cartridge to work by blowing into it (you however can skip this sequence to avoid any frustration of getting into the game).

The gameplay premise is simple: Pick one of four character classes — the Fighter, the Mage, the Amazon, or the Ninja — and protect your cute, happy-go-lucky Princess from harm. The problem: everything is trying to kick her cute little butt. All sorts of enemies, from goblins, zombies, minotaurs, demons, and even mischievous succubi, will have at you for defending the Princess. If that wasn't enough, dragons, giant lizard men, and other bosses will show up on occasions to stomp down anyone and anything in their path. Luckily, our brave heroes can fight off these enemies with their weapons of choice and special abilities, and by spending Love Points, they can unleash a wide-area attack. Unlike other tower defense games, players can also move the Princess out of harm's way and to set up barricades in exchange for Love Points around her if things way out of hand. Up to four players can either participate in the Arcade Mode where they advance through progressively difficult stages and use the leftover Love Points to level up their hero's abilities, or the Survival Mode to test the player's ability to withstand an endless wave of enemies.

The game was released to Xbox LIVE on May 14, 2010 under its Japanese name in the Xbox LIVE Indie Games section for $2.99. An old PC demo of Protect Me Knight can be downloaded on the game's Japanese website here.note  A sequel called Minna de Mamotte Knight: Hime no Tokemeki RhapsodyJP  was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on September 2014 that expands on the gameplay elements of its predecessor, introduces a new Old Guy and Archer classes, features the ability to share and play user-created maps through QR codes, and post release DLC such as an alternate FM synth soundtrack. On July 28, 2016, it was localized in North America under the name of Gotta Protectors with the FM soundtrack DLC. On September 7, 2017, to celebrate the three year anniversary of the Japanese release of the sequel, an "auto runner" mini-game called Gotta Protectors: Amazon's Running DietJP  was released for free on the sequel's Japanese pagenote , in the form of .nes files which can be used in Famicom/NES emulators.

This game provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of the NES era of video games, while the sequel adds in some references to 80's Japanese pop-culture.
  • Amazonian Cutie: The Amazon, given the anime art-style of the game. She also fights with a spear and boomerangs.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Parodied with the game's "packaging" to reflect the box-art of old NES games such as the original NES Mega Man. Take a gander at the English box-art and its Japanese one.
  • Anti-Frustration Feature: In the spirit of classic video games released on cartridges, the player is greeted with a player within the game trying to blow the game's cartridge and inserting it into the console, which may or may not run the game. However, the player can easily press Start to skip this scene.
  • Badass Grandpa: The Old Guy from Gotta Protectors might be a crazy old coot in armor and wears a potty horse, but he can tank damage better than the other classes, is skilled with his lance, and his potty horse shoots powerful homing missiles.
  • Barbarian Hero: The Fighter, complete with an axe and an upgradable Spin Attack.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The Amazon, thanks to her Chainmail Bikini, and the succubi who are sporting equally skimpy outfits. The Mage and the Princess in the game's parodied packaging also show off their midriff.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: The Amazon is often portrayed with a chubby figure, even moreso in the sequel and Gotta Protectors: Amazon's Running Diet, yet she is as cute as she is powerful.
  • Black Magician Girl: The Mage, and she specializes in fire magic. In the sequel, she also gets other element magic.
  • Blush Sticker: Many of the female characters have these as well as the Prince in Gotta Protectors.
  • Combos: In Protect Me Knight, you can juggle enemies after defeating them for a few extra Love Points. In Gotta Protectors, a combo meter appears when the player take down enemies in quick succession.
  • Continuing Is Painful: The game doesn't end of the players' character is defeated by the enemy, but they do lose some Love Points when they respawn. This is even less forgiving in Gotta Protectors as they lose half of their accumulated gold in battle.
  • Continuity Nod: Princess Lola's musical career is referenced in the sequel at the castle's town square with a sign advertising her new single, Love for Me.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: Those with extra controllers can play co-operatively together in Protect Me Knight. Gotta Protectors also feature co-operatively gameplay either through local wireless connection with other players with the game or through 3DS Download Play for those without it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Princess Lola, and it's your job to protect her.
  • Difficulty Levels: Protect Me Knight has the difficulty levels of Easy, Normal, Hard, and Hell, each varying on which types of mobs will encounters and how many the game throws at you. Gotta Protectors only have Easy and Normal from the beginning, though higher difficulty levels can be unlocked after meeting certain conditions.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: The Ninja can upgrade his attacks to use one in Protect Me Knight.
  • Endless Game:
    • Survival Mode in the first game, where you fight many waves of enemies and your heroes randomly gets an upgrade after completing a wave. This mode returns in the sequel.
    • Gotta Protectors: Amazon's Running Diet is an endless runner where you try to keep the Amazon hydrated as long as possible as she runs through the plains.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: The game has you trying to protect a Princess.
  • Everything Is Trying To Kill You and The Princess: Goblins, the undead, demons, dragons, and more want a piece of her.
  • Excuse Plot: All you need know about the first game is that our heroes rescued the Princess from goblins and are trying to return her to her castle.
  • Fantasy Character Classes: The games' heroes as follows:
  • Fairy Sexy: Chrysalis and Pupa in Gotta Protectors, two cute and scantly-clad fairies that run the Choppe Shoppe whom named after the third metamorphosis stage of a caterpillar.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: An attack upgrade for the Mage allows her to fire a stream of flames from her staff and becomes a combo finisher for her in the sequel.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Four Fiends, the main antagonists from Gotta Protectors.
  • Fragile Speedster: The Ninja is one of the fastest classes but has weak defense.
  • Gainax Ending: At the end of the Arcade Mode in the first game, it ends with our four heroes and Princess Lola putting on a concert show at her castle, with the Princess as the Idol Singer, the Barbarian and Amazon playing the guitar, the Mage on keyboard, and the Ninja playing the drums.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The weakest variant of the succubus have them.
  • Glass Cannon: The Mage, who can be an efficient damage dealer but can't take much punishment herself.
  • Genki Girl: The succubi. They are upbeat about shooting magical energy (and later fire) at the Princess and anyone protecting her.
  • Harder Than Hard: The first game has a Hell difficulty where players face off much more aggressive enemies than the previous difficulties.
  • Healing Factor: One of the Mage's MP upgrades lets her regenerate HP as long as her MP meter is full.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: The Ninja, and he's not afraid to provide some eye-candy for the ladies.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Except they want to wreck you (and the Princess).
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: The game parodies the poor Japanese-to-English translations commonly found in some NES games.
  • It's a Wonderful Failure: If the Amazon runs out of stamina in Gotta Protectors: Amazon's Running Diet, she falls down on her butt, then the game cuts to a scene of the Earth exploding in half with a "Game Over -Falling Ass Bomb-" message, accompanied with Game Over music from the first game. The mood is also lightened by the game letting the player know to buy Gotta Protectors on the 3DS eShop.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: The Amazon, who has balanced stats all around.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The Ninja's go-to weapon.
  • Level Editor: The sequel features a map editor that allows players to create their own levels and share them with the community via QR codes.
  • Life Drain: One of the Amazon's upgrades lets her absorb the damage she deals to her enemies.
  • Mooks: And they come in these varieties.
    • Cute Monster Girl: These succubi wants ruin the Princess' day.
    • Degraded Boss: Bosses fought in one stage such as the Minotaurs and Dark Knights become common enemies later.
    • Elite Mooks: Usually the third palette swapped version of the enemies.
    • The Grim Reaper: The Ghost type enemies, which also cast fire magic.
    • Night of the Living Mooks: Did we mention the undead are also after the Princess?
    • Smash Mook: The goblins, the very same goblins the Princess wants you to "f$%kin' defeat".
  • Mighty Glacier: The Fighter is somewhat slower than the other classes but has powerful attacks.
  • Mook Maker:
    • On occasions, a goblin-like UFO appears to spew more goons for our heroes to tackle in Protect Me Knight. The Goblin King will spew goblins for you to deal with.
    • In Gotta Protectors, the game features enemy generators, which either resembles the enemy type they spawn or a symbol.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The Ninja, clad in mask and a thong and not much else. In the trailer of Gotta Protectors, there's a portrait of the Ninja wearing a sling bikini.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Amazon and the succubi. The Mage and Princess are depicted as one in the parodied Japanese and U.S. packaging respectively.
  • Mystical White Hair: The Princess in the parodied U.S. packaging, except in the game her hair is actually purple.
  • No Fourth Wall: The sequel features the player blowing into the cartridge again, except this time the player literally blow into the mic to blow into the cartridge. Princess Lola also talks directly to the player in Gotta Protect during gameplay on the touch screen or in the map editor.
    [the player examining the fence decoration in the Map Editor]
    Princess Lola: "You'd think these fences would make for good barricades. I mean, look at those pixels! ...Sorry, what? ...What's a 'Fourth Wall'?"
  • Palette Swap: In true old-school fashion, enemies come in different palettes. Players can also change their color palettes before starting a game as well.
  • Playing with Fire: The Mage and most of the enemies abuse fire.
  • Retraux: The classic 8-bit visuals and chiptune music that wouldn't be out of place within the Famicom/NES era fits this bill quite nicely. The players can even construct their faux Famicom/NES box. Get the print-outs here. The sequel also provides a throwback to FM synth music commonly heard on the Sega Genesis with the FM Soundpack DLC.
  • RPG Elements: In the Arcade Mode, the leftover Love Points that weren't used or lost can be spent to upgrade your heroes' abilities. This gets expanded on in Gotta Protectors as players can gain food and materials to craft newer weapons, gain new skills (both usable in battle and passive abilities), upgrade said weapons and skills, and use gold to improve facilities around the town square, power-up the castle's defense, and improves Princess Lola's supportive abilities.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the first game, Princess Lola doesn't do much outside standing around and looking cute while giving players extra Love Points when players do well. In the sequel, she can use the Gotta Banner to heal the player when they're next to her, and after reaching a high enough level, use magic to attack enemies at certain intervals.
  • Save the Princess: It's what this game's all about.
  • Scenery Porn: The background in Gotta Protectors: Amazon's Running Diet is impressively detailed with a wonderful 8-bit reflection of the mountains shown on the lake.
  • Serial Escalation: The original Protect Me Knight was a simplistic tower defense-styled game little in the way of a story, whereas Gotta Protectors expands the core gameplay of the original, made robust changes to the RPG elements, features larger expansive maps, and a much more narrative-driven story that parodies old-school video games and pop-culture.
  • She's Got Legs: The Mage, as depicted in the parodied Japanese boxart, as well as the in-game depictions of the Amazon and Succubi enemies.
  • Show Within a Show: One of the artworks that appear on the touch screen after clearing a stage in Gotta Protectors features an in-universe anime called "Barbarian Princess Amazonia", which features the Amazon in a magical girl-esque costume with a pig-like animal side-kick. It also mentions it airs on AncientTV on Fridays at 5 PM / 4 PM Central Time.
  • Smart Bomb: In Protect Me Knight, players can use some of their Love Points to perform a smart bomb attack against enemies.
  • Stat Meters:
    • Awesomeness Meter: The Princess' Heart Meter, which gives you extra Love Points for doing well in battle. The sequel substitutes this by allowing players to gain a powerful charged attack from Princess Lola by filling the Heart Meter.
    • Life Meter: The HP meter.
    • Mana Meter: As you'd guess, the MP meter.
  • Stone Wall: Old Guy is even slower than the other classes but he can tank much more punishment.
  • Stripperiffic: The Amazon and the succubi. The Ninja serves a male equivalent to this. The Mage and the Princess also wear revealing outfits respectively in the game's parodied Japanese and English packaging.
  • Timed Mission: Players must clear the stage within a time limit of 999 seconds, otherwise they'll be swarmed by powerful demons when the timer reaches 0.
  • Title Scream: Moving the cursor to the sequel's game icon on the 3DS Home Menu will cause the Princess to the game's full Japanese name.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Try "Walking In Your Thong of Shielding Scene" as the Ninja in the first game.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This also includes pink, green, red, and a few other anime hair colors.