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Steal Princess

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Atlus U.S.A.

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'Steal Princess' (NDS) Gets Further Delayed

by Rainier on April 2, 2009 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT

Steal Princess is a puzzle/platformer hybrid on a mission to break the mold and redefine a couple of genres in the process. Over 150 levels of increasing complexity eagerly look forward to pushing your central processing unit (i.e., your brain) to its limits. When you've completed the stages provided, wipe your well-earned tears of joy away and jump into the powerful level creator to design your own devilishly tough maps, placing enemies, constructing moving platforms, and even setting custom victory conditions!

Steal Princess is a puzzle/platformer hybrid on a mission to break the mold and redefine a couple of genres in the process. Over 150 levels of increasing complexity eagerly look forward to pushing your central processing unit (i.e., your brain) to its limits. When you've completed the stages provided, wipe your well-earned tears of joy away and jump into the powerful level creator to design your own devilishly tough maps, placing enemies, constructing moving platforms, and even setting custom victory conditions! Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support allows your custom creations to be shared online with anyone across North America!

While exploring the thought-to-be-long-abandoned palace of the Ancient Demon King, the young thief Anise stumbles upon a startling discovery: the palace isn't abandoned at all, and it's crawling with demons, no less! Equally startling is the deadly booby trap she triggers in the process of opening a locked door. She barely outruns the giant boulder bearing down on her, escaping the palace only to fall into a surging river, unconscious.

The fairy Kukri, imprisoned for centuries in the chamber Anise inadvertently unlocked, rescues her and takes her to the Castle of Albyon. Anise awakens in the presence of the King, whose son is being held by demons in the very palace Anise narrowly escaped from. Recent events have unshakably convinced the King that this thief is descended from the Legendary Hero of Albyon, he who slew the Ancient Demon King centuries ago, and so he commands her thusly: free the Prince from the vile demons... or be tried and convicted as a thief and locked away for life. Not much of a choice, one way or the other...

"Releasing a few weeks later gives us more time to familiarize gamers with this creative, original title," stated Tim Pivnicny, VP of Sales and Marketing at Atlus. "Because Steal Princess will be available through fewer sales channels and in smaller quantities than other Atlus releases, finding the optimal launch conditions is critical to ensuring that this daring new release avoids getting lost in an already busy April."

Unrelated to the delay but serving as a special treat to fans that either pre-order or pick up the game at launch, each and every copy of Steal Princess will include a special mini-poster with beautiful art inspired by the game. The mini-poster extra, selected by fans through online voting, will be tucked behind the cover art, ensuring it reaches pre-order and launch date customers in perfect condition.

The robust map creator allows players to create their very own mind-numbingly perplexing levels, filled with challenging obstacles and monsters.

You will have access to any of the worlds, weapons, items, traps, and enemies you encounter in Story Mode. Simply unlock them with the gems you find hidden around the game, and you will be able to add any number fiendish challenges to your custom levels. Create a stage that'll leave your friends in tears!

Nearly every aspect of a level in the Steal Princess Map Maker mode is customizable. Choose your map size, design the basic lay of the land, implement more sophisticated elements (e.g. moving platforms, lifts, spikes, etc.), and figure out where you want your enemies to begin and what their movement patterns will be once the stage has started. Before you finish your map, you can choose from a variety of victory conditions as well.

Using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, players can share their custom Steal Princess stages with other game owners across North America. Sure, it's fun to hand your level to a friend in person and watch them squirm, but gaining nationwide fame for your twisted stage designs is something few games ever give you the chance at. And since designing your level is so easy, expect to see some amazing fan-created levels!

Key Features

  • 3-D puzzle platformer - Dive into a playing field of simple design, but deceptively complex challenge, that combines action elements with puzzle-solving skills on a 3-D, isometric plane. Jump, swing, climb, and attack as you search for the key to complete each level.
  • Over 150 levels to beat - Levels spanning different geographies and requiring different strategies deliver on the promise of true breadth. Play them again to beat your best times, earn higher rankings, earn better endings, and collect more gems to unlock items.
  • Create and trade custom levels - A robust custom map maker lets you construct levels with any enemies, items, and victory conditions you want. Trade maps with other players over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and local wireless for a never ending challenge!

Steal Princess, rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and older, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2009 for $34.99.

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