Day 15: “まもって騎士” (Protect Me Knight)

Posted: 2010/11/24 in Indie Games
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I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #15, and today’s game is “まもって騎士” (Protect Me Knight).

“まもって騎士” (which apparently translates to Protect Me Knight) It is made by a Japanese Xbox Live Indie Games developer, and the number of Japanese making XBL Indie Games always surprises me given the Xbox 360 is not a huge success in Japan (as I type this only about 1.5 million 360s have been sold in Japan, a fraction of the approx. 45 million sold worldwide as of this writing). Japanese indie games, though, are among some of the more intriquing ones in the channel.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this game, the description described the premise rather than the gameplay. However, it came strongly recommended by a Kotaku commenter named Mentuss who described it as “a weird cross between a defence game and Gauntlet with RPG style levelling.” With a description like that, I was sold (literally).

In the game you protect your princess from attack from waves of trolls, and (eventually) bigger creatures like dragons. Each individual enemy is fairly weak, but they are strong in number, and some later enemies are very tough. As you defeat enemies, the princess you are protecting doles out hearts to you that can be used immediately during battle (to build or upgrade barricades to improve your defence) or between levels to upgrade your character. A barricade can be upgraded a few steps, with the top step being a catapult that you can use to attack enemies anywhere on the map. You can also repair barricades if they are damaged under enemy attack. Your final option in achieving victory is that you have the ability to move the princess physically around the map, and strategic placement (and re-placement) may help keep her out of harm’s way.

This is one game that, while it is enjoyable as a singleplayer experience, it’s even more so as a local multiplayer co-op game. Each of the four available characters has different attributes and weapons on top of their distinct looks. The game’s retro 8-bit look and sound is charming, and the game has some well-placed humour (starting with the player having to clean the Protect Me Knight cartridge to begin playing). This is one 240 Microsoft Point game that I didn’t even blink before buying. Anyone who enjoyed Gauntlet back in the day, or who likes tower defence games, should enjoy this; if you like both Gauntlet and defence-based games, then it becomes a must-buy game.

For a second opinion on this game, check out Kobun’s review of Protect Me Knight.

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  1. jon says:

    interesting thing about this game is that yuzo kashiros name is attached to it.
    That’s the guy that did the music for streets of rage and beyond oasis to name a few.
    Awesome blog.

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