With the trope of the manic pixie dream girl seeming to be constantly present in video games, movies, and television, it becomes hard to find a game where a non-sexualized female gets to take on the leading role. Drunk Dragon Games creates games about society and social issues, and their latest game takes a look at perceptions of self and a woman’s place in society. They have brought game mechanics and the game’s story together “to tell the story of a victim transforming into a hero.”
A Princess to Save Me is a tactical RPG with an emphasis on the game’s story. Players take on the role of Amelia; she is a kidnapped princess whose knight-in-shining-armor didn’t survive the trip back home. For the first time in her life, she’s forced to take care of herself and find a way to get back home. The game is full of choices and consequences, and Amelia’s decisions will affect herself and the people around her.
With multiple endings and different plot branches, A Princess to Save Me offers players the opportunity to work through those decisions and consequences in the way that they choose. Each decision will affect every character that the player encounters and, subsequently, their own fate. The game discusses vulnerability, love, and self perception; all of these decisions help shape Amelia from that original damsel-in-distress state to a stronger, more independent woman for the first time in her life.
A Princess to Save Me is a tactical RPG with turn-based combat. Players have a party of up to four characters, and players get to decide who those characters would be. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, and players must strategize what team would be the best for them. The game is set in a fantastic, medieval universe where religion and family play a big role in everyday life.
Drunk Dragon Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for A Princess to Save Me, and a demo is available for players to try before they back the project. For more information about the game and the campaign’s progress, follow the team on Twitter.