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Princess Maker – what is it?

Let’s start from the beginning… Long, long time ago, the Japanese (sic!), specifically GAINAX workers, invented a life simulator game. In ‘The Sims’ era the idea may seem a bit conventional, however, the GAINAX game is a child raising game! The player gets a role of a foster father, who (as a result of various circumstances) is to bring up a little girl. The child is 10 years old and requires everything typical for a ten year old. Thus, the player has to decide on daughter’s diet, education, work (indeed, we can secure our kid with an odd job), provide her with clothes (if we don’t dress our child in a warm coat in winter, there is some possibility that she will cold, and, consequently, catch a flu), etc. It’s also important to keep good relationship with the child (i.e. talk about her interests, mood, and school) and reprimand her from time to time, if she becomes too insubordinate…

A few words about the child

The game creators decided to make a player feel like a real parent to some extent, thus, the child, like a child, can be moody. If the daughter becomes too stressed (and it’s no secret that learning, as well as working, is stressful) she may rebel and, for example, play truant and carelessly spend money from the house budget. Sometimes the child runs away from home, talks back, takes offence and ignores orders of her more and more frustrated daddy. The player must have a lot of patience and pedagogical attitude to make his daughter as good as gold. Worthy of note is the fact that almost every our decision has impact on the final result which shows, among other, emotional relationship between father and his daughter.

Game object

The main object of this game, in accordance with its name, is to ‘make’ a princess of our daughter. We can achieve this by giving our daughter’s hand to a real prince, who appears during the game. In each edition of ‘Princess Maker’ is slightly different, however, every time we have to put stress on appropriate education and good manners of our daughter. Many players, after reaching the main goal, return to the game because there is an impressive number of endings – in ‘Princess Maker 2’ there are about 80 versions. Thus, there’s a lot of work to do! Especially, that the daughter, after reaching adulthood, can become a maid, a ringleader, or king’s concubine. Reaching a specific target is pretty difficult, for we must guide our daughter appropriately, and (as we already know) she doesn’t always agree with our decisions. Besides, her interests and ideas for life aren’t necessary similar to ours.

Who is ‘Princess Maker’ for?

It may seem that such a candy-sweet game is addressed to kids especially, but it is not true. It is worth remaining that ‘Princess Maker’ is a Japanese creation and Japanese culture is diametrically different from ours. Some of the game’s features may astonish us, so to say (who would send a 16 year old girl to work in a club where she is to keep company to men). It’s probably such ‘details’ that resulted in translating only one issue of the game into English. (Available versions are mainly Japanese and Korean) Although there are no indecent scenes in the game, as far as I am concerned, ‘Princess Maker’ is a great proposal for players who are at least 14 years old.