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Slay the Princess

Developer / Publisher: Black Tabby Games
20 October 2023
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There can be no happiness without change, and there can be no change without death...so death is something to celebrate? I think? Whatever point Slay The Princess was going for with its recursive time loop formula and lofty themes of paranoid existential horror, if it coalesced into anything at the end, it went over my head because I'm always pretty bad at nailing existential themes. Though the jump from the perspective of mortality to a perspective of godhood, also coloured by some meta-textual parallels enforced by having to play the game over and over, also dilutes the impact of the story some. I want to appreciate how this game unfolds from a fairy tale gone wrong into a Lovecraftian nightmare and then possibly into a theistic thought experiment. It's certainly a memorable climax, and overall makes for a decent visual novel where it feels like all your choices added to something. But I dunno, it's missing something to push it over the edge. When I think of truly great endings to add a last minute existential slant, I think of Disco Elysium's Insulindian Phasmid. That felt more definitive, and Slay The Princess feels a lot more circular and...even a bit "fortune cookie"-like.

But just about everything else checks out. The monochromatic drawing style catches the eye and still gives way to many stylish flourishes over the course of the story, the monologuing narrators can get a bit grating, but otherwise there's a lot of chemistry between the cast, even as there are essentially only two characters. The voice actors have to play a lot of roles regardless, and their ranges are more than good enough to carry the script, especially the Narrator's biting delivery. The text dumps can get repetitive, as time loop stories tend to do, but I was intrigued to see what permutations would spawn from my actions and puzzling out how to achieve the ending I (thought I) wanted was a fun challenge. I can see this hitting other players deep in the gut, but I have always been distant from stories with "Ouroboros" imagery in their themes and characterisation, and Slay The Princess is no exception.
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  • Brandon657 2023-10-29 13:39:48.361419+00
    The narrators are annoying and quippy. I cannot stand the dialogue. Maybe visual novels just aren’t for me.
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    • thatbennyguy 2023-11-01 19:20:42.215852+00
      This is definitely not your traditional visual novel, it is meta af and I also felt this even though I love visual novels. I still quite like the concept of the game, even if I’m quite often bouncing off the nature of the way it’s presented and the way it doesn’t always add up to more than the sum of its parts.
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  • Nalima 2023-11-10 14:29:47.867342+00
    Hated this, tbh. None of the choices matter and it resolves into some pseudo-philosophical BS about self. People should read up on actual philosophy instead of wasting honestly impressive audiovisual work on pretentious, overly-verbose shit that doesn't say anything or knows what it wants to be. Calls itself a horror game, there's nothing scary or 'lovecraftian' about it and it's not a game, it's a visual novel.

    But whatever, you can never talk about this shit since people who are into pseudo-intellectual tripe will just say you 'didn't get it'.
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    • oculi 2023-11-11 22:15:04.691565+00
      lmfao this comment makes you sound way more pretentious and pseudo-intellectual than any of the people you're complaining about.
      as a philosophy major and philosopher, this game isn't even "philosophical" as much as it's just dealing with relevant and relatable real life interpersonal issues through pure abstraction, the same as 95% of all postmodernist media. the fact that you didn't even seem to get that doesn't surprise me though lol
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  • okayfrog 2023-12-22 19:40:32.46693+00
    looks like there will be a major update added to the game in 2024 for anyone who's fine with waiting

    https://store.steampowered...492545021411188
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  • rengoestar 2024-01-09 05:06:24.693685+00
    Nah, nalima has a point though. Lots of talent and great audiovisual ideas wasted in typical (at this point in time) self-aware metacommentary where almost every idea the game wants to convey is directly spelled out.
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