Princess Peach: Showtime! Review

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Princess Peach:

After dozens of Mario games, Luigi alternatives, Donkey and Toad, Kirby and Yoshi, it’s just unbelievable to me that we haven’t had more games with Princess Peach as the protagonist. One would say that this was the case in at least a dozen titles, but when I try to remember one, I only glimpse maybe only one through the fog. The princess of the whole “Mushroom” kingdom, with almost no games? No way!!

Story:

The story follows the famous princess on her way to the theater, which due to unfortunate circumstances is usurped by the sinister Madame Grape and her sour group. It is up to Peach to restore order and peace to the renowned theater by participating in its performances herself. This, of course, means that he has to go through thirty plays and roles, and in a grand style worthy of the greatest performances, return the shine to the stage.

Gameplay:

Princess Peach: Showtime!” is a game mostly intended for a younger audience. The lack of raw challenge and silly themes are there with the intention of primarily entertaining junior gamers.

Of course, the roles here imply costume design, where Peach, depending on the given environment, jumps from one costume to another. This completely changes the approach to gameplay, so you will face opponents as a swordsman and a ninja, but also far more unconventionally – in the role of a cook and less aggressive occupations.

Each of the levels represents a set of, if not innovative, then fun mechanics, so that you feel better and more efficient in the given role. And to make everything even better, each new level introduces a handful of fresh ideas so that you, and especially the youngest players, stay invested.

The gameplay is mostly presented in 2.5D, i.e. three-dimensional characters and environment with limited 3D maneuvering in a scrolling world. This amount of simplicity provides a linear experience where you won’t have situations where you don’t know what to do next.

With that in mind, as well as the fact that the amount of serious challenge is almost non-existent, the princess also collects certain items along the way in order for you to 100% complete the level. These little things can easily be overlooked, as some of them are “tucked in” a little deeper, and if you skip them, you have to start the whole level from the beginning in order to have a chance to make up for what you missed.

Not all of them are even hidden. Some of them simply require you to do a task perfectly, so even careful and slow playing will not save you from a potential glitch and replaying the entire level. This is certainly not a problem for younger players, who have repetition written into their DNA, but for us older players it can be quite frustrating

Presentation:

In terms of graphics, the level design and animations are almost flawless. Everything is colorful and simply invites to play. However, not everything is so great. It’s easy to see the timeliness of the Switch console, especially when it comes to the blurring of graphics in portable gaming mode.

The game cries out for a sharper display, and in addition to visual weaknesses, there is also a somewhat rare drop in framerate. The need for a new Nintendo console has never been greater…

 

Conclusion:

Princess Peach: Showtime!” is an extremely fun game that has a huge potential to cheer you up. This is especially true if you are a beginner or plan to play the game with someone who does not have much experience. In such a scenario, you are sure to have a lot of fun.

Perhaps weaker performance and a few frustrating game decisions and pacing spoil the experience, but as a fun package, this game only suggests a further need for more adventures starring Princess Peach. If they are even close to this good, we can already look forward to it.

Good

  • Peach!
  • Level design
  • Game feels fresh

Bad

  • Little challenge for experienced players
  • Some performance issues
8

Great

Story - 8
Gameplay - 8
Graphics - 8.5
Sound - 8
Value - 7.5

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