Duo Princess

Creator: Easy Game Station
Genre: Action RPG

One nice thing about the doujin soft community is that sometimes they spot a particular game that was really good, created by a large commercial game developer, but unfortunately the game never got a sequel to carry on the spiffiness of the original title. Seeing this lack of a sequel, doujin game makers will sometimes take it upon themselves to create one. A fine example of this is Easy Game Station's Duo Princess.

As a follow up to Square-Enix's relatively obscure PSOne action RPG Threads of Fate, Duo Princess recasts that game's spunky main character, Mint, with her sister Maya as the pair go off on a new set of adventures. While the original game was more akin to classics like Illusion of Gaia, Duo Princess takes a slightly different approach to action RPGs, favoring gameplay mechanics like that found in games like Ys: The Ark of Napishtim.

The game looks pretty decent with graphics comparable to somewhat hi-def PSOne games, with some nice boss encounters and the like peppered throughout it. All the while, players get two choices in how they can go about clobbering monsters. Either they can get up close and personal with some melee fighting via Mint, or they can go the ranged, magical approach with Maya.

At the end of the day, Duo Princess is a very straightforward, very traditional action RPG, but it's nice that it tries to bring back a little remembered classic from the PSOne in the process.

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