Foreword: When I think of the word “princess” in eroge, I think of haughty characters that use the pronoun “watakushi” and has some weird trait that doesn’t make them princess-like.
Well, that’s spot on what this game featured: the main heroine is a princess who fits the above description perfectly.
Another pretty cliche game, this title had the strange tag “Student Council President Protagonist” on VNDB, which was totally wrong, and my paradigms for the protagonist being a “lone-wolf” type of personality was crushed as I went on through the story.
Well, we have another very inferior game, but perhaps that’s because the story was too predictable… My first game from Meteor: Princess Style.
Title: Princess Style
Release Date: March 30, 2012
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v8032
Summary: Madoka is the son of a father who suddenly became very rich after a successful investment. Hoping for the best of his son, his father sent him to a prestigious school that recently became a co-ed from a girls school, and still has a ratio of 9:1 for females to males.
His first day consists of him wandering around until he meets a beautiful girl sleeping. Her beauty mesmerizes the protagonist to stare at her until she wakes up and cries out, causing Madoka to become startled and run away.
Turns out, this very girl is someone who sneaks into his room and conquers it contrary to his wishes, and with this girl (who’s supposedly a princess) named Orphina, Madoka will soon encounter a group in school that he wants to go against.
The girl who sneaks into his room
Story Length: Moderate (15 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: A single choice during the pool scene, with Kanon’s (the maid) route splitting off from Orphina’s route.
Character Design Rating: 4/10
Story Rating: 2/10
Game Quality: Low
Overall Rating: 3/10
Rating Comments: An inferior game from Meteor, both the character design and story was below average if not very poor. Detailed explanations are available below.
Sexual Content: Moderate
Comments: Okay so… You basically put a rags-to-riches protagonist in a school where he’s surrounded by “oujosama”, and then raise weird flags all over the place to the point it becomes ridiculous, including an androphobic bishoujo who happens to sneak into a random guy’s room because of her personal reasons.
Most of the story revolves around trying to outclass an absolute authority in the school called “Reijinkai” (Beautiful People Meeting?), and Madoka does so by creating the “Social Club”, but this theme of “rebelling against a higher authority” doesn’t seem to have any conflicts: aka, they go pick a fight, then win as if it was nothing, and they’re like “uh… What do we do now…?” afterward.
Obviously, the next type of plot is the one where the characters start to fall in love with each other, except this is also done very poorly–when a heroine does fall in love, she opts to quit the Social Club because she loves Madoka so much that she doesn’t want to be around him.
Then you also have that stupid plot with the flags being already raised all over the place instead of having the protagonist be the one to raise them. (Madoka’s childhood friend Sachi is a prime example of this).
Furthermore, you can’t really see it in the CGs, but the sprites had awkward clothing… As if their double mountains were wrapped tightly around with a piece of fabric. This is really weird and probably going to be really uncomfortable, but that’s just an observation I had
CV was okay, but not distributed well. By this, I mean that it would’ve been better if the CVs were switched around a bit: the CVs didn’t really match the character.
Affection for the Characters: Low
CG Score: 6/10
Music Score: 3/10
Conclusion: A rather crappy game from Meteor, even many players agree that this is a “kusoge”.
Don’t ask me why I still played it. I was just… uh… crazy.
And don’t forget your protagonist-being-suffocated-by-giant-marshmallows plot