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The Princess Bride - The Official Game review: Great for nostalgia, but little else

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The Good The Princess Bride - The Official Game immerses fans into famous movie scenes with music and movie quotes.

The Bad Simple and unsatisfying, you have to repeat boring minigames to unlock more.

The Bottom Line All but the most die-hard "Princess Bride" fans should steer clear. While it will remind you of the classic comedy, it has few other redeeming qualities.


6.5 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 6
  • Interface 6
  • Performance 8

The Princess Bride - The Official Game ($3.99 | £2.99 | $AU4.99) attempts to let you relive your favorite moments of the classic movie comedy through short animated minigames that contain dialog snippets from the original production. You'll also see still photos from the movie and hear music from the original soundtrack.

It's now been almost 30 years since "The Princess Bride" showed in theaters and it is still loved by many -- including me. But while I was happy to see some of the hilarious scenes come to life in a game and hear some of the classic quotes, the gameplay itself was a pretty big letdown.

At the time of this writing, the user reviews at the App Store rate the game at almost 5 stars out of 5, and I only have one response to that: Inconceivable!

'The Princess Bride' as a game

The official game is not a step-by-step retelling, nor will you play as any of the characters from the movie for the whole game. Instead The Princess Bride game has four minigames (so far) that let you take part in famous scenes from the movie. Unfortunately, none are very complex or fun.

The four games include Shrieking Eels, the Cliffs of Insanity, Battle of Steel and Battle of Strength. These minigames only take you a little ways into the story, but there's a placeholder for more parts that developers Gameblend Studios promise will be coming in future free updates.

The Shrieking Eels starts with Princess Buttercup treading water near the ship from early in the movie. As eels approach, your job is to tap them on the head when they surface to kill them and protect the princess. The shrieking eels approach in waves, attacking in different formations and the object is to help the princess survive as long as possible.

The Cliffs of Insanity segment has you playing as Westley scaling the cliffs in hot pursuit of the princess and her captors and you can tilt to lean the rope from side to side as you avoid seagulls, falling rocks, and other obstacles.

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