Game: Prinny: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!
Genre: Action, Platformer
System: Nintendo Switch (also on PSP and PS Vita)
Developer|Publisher: Engine Software, Nippon Ichi Software | NIS America
Age Rating: EU 12+ | US T
Price: UK £17.99 | EU € 19,99 | US $19.99
Release Date: October 13th 2020
Review code provided with many thanks to NIS America
Twice the Dood
I never originally played Prinny 2 on PSP so I came into this review new to the experience. If you brought the physical edition of the game you will have this and the original game in one nice package but should you just want to try the sequel you can download it separately. But if you’re here for a review then read on, dood.
The Epic Quest for the Prinnys
Prinny: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! feels like a standalone title and despite being a sequel I don’t feel you need to have played the original came to add any context to what’s going on. In the opening of the game the narrator tells you once again what Prinnys are. Souls of nasty folk sewn into a demon penguin body forced to serve a master, the Demon Lord Etna. This time though, for some unknown reason someone has stolen her panties from the castle washing line!! Rather than just letting it go and moving on she tasks the Prinnys to get them back. What follows is the same beats as the original game where you travel across various levels of increasing difficulty looking for rare items in order to get back those panties. Some may get a chuckle out of the general humour of the game which doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously considering how ridiculous the main quest is.
Prinny 2 is very similar to the first one in terms of graphics, music and gameplay. A few things have been cleaned up this time around though. For starters the combo bar at the bottom of the screen seems to serve a useful purpose. As you attack enemies it builds and if it reaches maximum you morph into bezerk mode, increasing your damage something very useful on boss fights. It also feels like the developers improved on the platforming. There were less instances of nasty enemy placement on platform edges like in the original game. The controls still felt awkward, the jumping still felt stilted, but at least I wasn’t always falling to my death.
Easy Mode With a Catch
Prinny: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! has three difficulty settings. The hard one hit death mode like the original, a standard mode where you can take 2 hits before death. Now added is a sort of beginner mode where the game allows you to take 3 hits as well as add useful platforms to navigate the levels easier. The downside to this mode is it comes from the design of mocking the player where the platforms have demon baby symbols on them and your health points are nappies. I’ll admit I toned down to this difficulty as Prinny 2 follows a similar pattern to the original title where after a while the game gets overly frustrating. Even in this ‘baby’ mode I still struggled. This is a game you will learn through pattern recognition and making several mistakes. Something that certainly won’t appeal to everyone.
A Better Sequel
If you liked the first game this is definitely worth playing. The small improvements to the gameplay are welcome and I slightly enjoyed Prinny: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! a little more than the original.
If you can only choose between the two I would say go for this sequel over the original. It feels like a more refined experience overall. Still the hard difficulty will not appeal to everyone and if you don’t like the idea of dying over and over there are probably better uses of your time.
Final Verdict: I like it