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(Obligatory Piracy Disclaimer: I downloaded this game for free on the Internet, but what the hell, it's not as if anyone's gonna release the rest of this series in the West anytime soon. Also, this game was made by GAINAX, the same folks behind the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which says...something, I guess.) Basically, this game is a weird simulation where you raise a young girl from a child to an adult. It's one of those "vaguely-European/Medieval/RPG-like" settings, so there's queens and kings and HP points and whatnot. It's pretty hard, much more than you'd expect, since your daughter tends to be rebellious and refuses to do work, you run out of money VERY fast, etc. It's a decently fun game, but be prepared to yell "FOR GOD'S SAKE DO YOUR GODDAMN JOB ALREADY!" at your screen and see your daughter die. A LOT.
That's one of the reasons why I barely ever managed to get through the game, without using cheats. The classes are horrendously expensive in the long run, you get a pitiful amount of money per year (500 G? Oh, thanks. That certainly won't disappear within one week of classes.)
And the times I did manage to make it through the game without relying on cheats? She ended up being a freaking painter. Every time. Just because I have to make sure to have her paint enough to do a portrait and potentially win the festival.
It's a very fun game, but I think I prefer PM4 more, simply because you don't have to micromanage your money so badly. (Unless you're trying to get the Chinese Orc ending)
PM 4 isn't in English, is it? (If it isn't - damn you, Gainax, why must you screw over your Western fans?!)
Poops. That wasn't supposed to happen. Sorry!
@YasminPerry: No, none of the Princess Maker games were ever officially released in English. Though the PC version of Princess Maker 4 does have a free patch lying around on the internet, which translates menu text. Makes it a bit easier to know what parameter you are increasing, but the rest is still in Japanese. Or Korean or Chinese, depending on the version. (Personally, I played the DS version the most, though I also play the PSP version of it)
I know it\'s two years since, but Princess Maker 1, 2 and 3 are available on Steam.
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