By John Walker on June 20th, 2008 at 12:28 am.
The demo of casual-me-do incarnation of The Princess Bride is available for your trialing pleasure. Worldwide Biggies‘ release is a kids’ game, and being casual, of course it’s all very familiar. By some sort of miracle there’s no match-3, but the other two staples are present and correct. It does, however, feature some original cast members. Details below.
The misery of Diner Dash appears as a series of chore-completing games with Westley rushing around after the Princess. Which means you’re doing chores, rather than playing a game, and sigh, etc. Battle Of The Wits is a standard quiz game on all manner of subjects. Aimed at kids, they’re too easy to be fun for the grown ups, but ideally pitched at the target audience. The Fire Swamp is a very primitive platform game, where you control Westley and the Princess individually, crossing through swampy scenes that slowly elaborate in difficulty.
Miracle Max, the game they’ve been pushing the most, is a Mystery PI sort of thing, and thus immediately wins me over because I’m clinically insane and can’t resist these things. It takes it a stage further by asking you to mix coloured potions in a cauldron. Finally, Storming The Castle is a slightly more confusing game that involves clicking on items in the intro and outro scenes of the other games, and putting them into some sort of Rube Goldberg device.
Showing up for voice work duties are the Princess herself, Robin Wright Penn, the always excellent Mandy Patinkin (hands up who’s seen Elmo’s Adventures In Grouchland, eh?) as Inigo Montoya, and in a move that means I can tell a bunch of cynical RPS readers to stuff off, Wallace Shawn as Vizzini. See! I TOLD you that the “Inconceivable!” was spot on. Because it was him. And you’re all stupid now. Go and sit in the stupid corner. (Also, if it’s not Cary Elwes as Westley, then it’s an astonishingly fine impression).
The demo lasts approximately six seconds, so if you want to get a taste of each game type, don’t stick with them for too long. If you want the full thing, you can get it here.
Oh, and whatever unearthly horror “Clique Girlz” might be, their song, Incredible, appears at the start.