"Save me... my hero! Defeat f$%kin' goblins!"Protect Me Knight
— The Princess, during the game's Title Screen
(まもって騎士) is an indie Tower Defense
game by Yuzo Koshiro
's team of game developers from Ancient with Yuzo composing the game's music. The game pays homage to the classic 8-bit days of gaming
such as the NES
with its pixelated art-style and midi-styled music. It even boots up as if the player is trying to get the cartridge to work by blowing into it.*
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 mooks
, from goblins, zombies, minotaurs, demons, and even mischievous cute 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 Heart Points, they can unleash a wide-area attack
. They can also move the princess out of harm's way and to set up a defense perimeter around her if things way out of hand in a particular area.
The game features an Arcade Mode in which players can progress through progressively difficult stages and use leftover Heart Points to level up their hero's abilities, and a Survival Mode to test the player's ability to withstand an endless wave of enemies. It also features co-op up to four players; sadly, it's local multi-player only.
The game was released to Xbox LIVE Arcade
on May 14, 2010 under its Japanese name in the Indie Games section for $2.99. An old demo for PC can be downloaded on the Japanese website here*
with the Xbox 360's trial version and purchased version here
This game provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody and Homage: Of the NES era of video games.
- 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◊.
- 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. Also, the Mage and the Princess in the game's parodied packaging also show off their midriff.
- Black Magician Girl: The Mage, and she specializes in fire magic.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Played with to parody the early days of games with bad Japanese-to-English translations.
- Blush Sticker: On the Mage and Amazon.
- Combos: The game lets you juggle enemies after defeating them for a few extra Heart Points.
- Damsel in Distress: The Princess, and it's your job to protect her.
- Difficulty Levels: Easy, Normal, Hard, and...
- Doppelgänger Attack: The Ninja can upgrade his attacks to use one.
- Endless Game: Survival Mode.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses
- Everything Is Trying To Kill You and The Princess
- Excuse Plot: All you know is that our heroes rescue the Princess from goblins and are trying to return her to her castle.
- Fantasy Character Classes: The four heroes as follows:
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: An attack upgrade for the Mage allows her to fire a stream of flames from her staff.
- Gainax Ending: At the end of the Arcade Mode, the game ends with our four heroes and the Princess putting on a concert show at her castle, with the Princess as the Idol Singer.
- Girlish Pigtails: The weakest variant of the succubus have them.
- Genki Girl: The succubi.
- 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).
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Ninja, obviously.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The Ninja's go-to weapon.
- Life Meter: The HP meter.
- 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 Devil Girl: These succubi wants ruin the Princess' day.
- Degraded Boss: The minotaurs, undead knights, et cetera after the first time fighting them.
- Elite Mooks: Usually the third palette swapped version of the enemies.
- The Grim Reaper: As a mook that shoots fireballs.
- 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".
- Mook Maker: On occasions, a goblin-like UFO appears to spew more goons for our heroes to tackle.
- The Goblin King will spew goblins for you to deal with.
- Mr. Fanservice: The Ninja.
- 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 fake U.S. packaging, except in the game her hair is actually purple.
- 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.
- Red-Headed Hero: The Fighter, by default.
- Retraux: The classic 8-bit visuals and midi-styled music fits this bill quite nicely. It lets players construct their faux NES / Famicom box. Get the print-outs here!
- RPG Elements: In Arcade Mode, the leftover Heart Points that weren't used or lost can be spent to upgrade your heroes' abilities.
- Save the Princess: It's what this game's all about.
- She's Got Legs: The Mage, as depicted in the parodied Japanese boxart.
- Smart Bomb: At the expense of some Heart Points, players can unleash a wide-area attack against enemies.
- 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.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Try "Walking In Your Thong of Shielding Scene" as the Ninja.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This also includes pink, green, red, and a few other anime hair colors.