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Video Game: Protect Me Knight
"Save me... my hero! Defeat f$%kin' goblins!"
— The Princess, during the game's Title Screen

Protect Me Knight (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:


Prismatic SolidXbox LIVE ArcadeSequence
Pokémon Tower DefenseTower DefenseRatchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
Portal 2Video Games of the 2010sProteus

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