Princess Maker 2 Refine Coming To Steam Tomorrow

My son is six-months-old, but my daughter is almost fully grown. She’s a homemaker, which is fine, but it’s not what I had in mind when god bestowed the child upon me. I spent all our money on magic lessons, after all.

This is how most of my experiences go in Princess Maker 2, a life simulator from 1993 that’s by turns moreish, compellingly daft, and creepy. Previously the only way to play it outside of Japan has been by grabbing it from an abandonware site and applying an unofficial translation patch, but 23 years later it’s getting an English and HD rerelease on Steam called Princess Maker 2: Refine [official site].

The rerelease remakes all the artwork in glorious full colour, where previously it used only sixteen, as seen below in this lengthy video:

You play the game by setting your daughter’s schedule, deciding whether she’ll spend her days going to school, working, or perhaps hanging around in the graveyard. Each of these decisions changes your daughter’s stats and mood, determining whether they grow up to be one of umpteen options, such as a homemaker, an adventurer, a great sorceress, the Princess of Darkness, or, er, your wife. That last outcome is one of the reasons why it’s a bit creepy; your daughter is ten-years-old when she’s given to you, a great hero of this medieval fantasy world, and is described as being pure and innocent and unknowing of the world. You raise her till she’s 18 and can eg. spend that time feeding her poorly so she fits into better dresses.

Or you could not do that, you monster, and instead let her spend too much time performing Cabaret, increasing her Charisma and Sin (the two often go hand-in-hand) while lowering her Refinement, Intelligence and Temperament. I don’t know where exactly that would lead – there are dozens and dozens of endings – but the game is great at producing fun anecdotes from relatively short play sessions as your daughter stumbles towards adulthood. And keep in mind that god will be pissed if you mess up your kid.

Aside from updated graphics and an English translation, Refine also has Japanese language voice over. It’ll be released on Steam tomorrow, September 28th. Hopefully if it does well we might see an official English translation of the most recent game in the series, 2008’s Princess Maker 5, which proved trickier for fans to translate.

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  1. Llewyn says:

    Ummm, Graham, the jump link seems to be broken (leads to game site) and it’s taking the rest of the article down with it.

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    Oakreef says:

    A whole new generation of people can now marry their anime daughter!

  3. Sin Vega says:

    If you’ve never played this, do not be put off by the appearance, or the horrible music and frankly very poor trailer. The original was a very compelling game despite most of its constituent parts being kind of dull and repetitive and very weird, and being played in complete silence as there was no sound and the music was quite possibly a crime. And it’s super replayable.

    People don’t play it for the creepy elements, they play it because it’s a game where your 14 year old daughter can capture outlaws, get drunk with demons, and challenge the God of War to a swordfight in between winning dance contests and working shifts at a salon.

  4. TillEulenspiegel says:

    “Shelved for 21 years even though it was nearly complete, then brought back” has to be one of the most unlikely stories of a translation/port that has ever happened.

    PM2 is one of those wonderfully imperfect games: full of great ideas, but objectively probably not a great game. Hope we get some of the later games in the series too. I think I remember briefly trying an English fan patch for PM4 or 5, but didn’t get very far.

    • aliasi says:

      According to the Steam discussion forum, the people who brought over this translation are planning to also bring over the rest of the series.

      And yeah, the ‘marry your daughter’ ending you only get if you did a shitty job of raising her. Really, the ‘you are the father of this girl’ bit is just the justification for running her life; it’s really a life sim on the girl’s part which is hardly a bizarre kind of game.

  5. Chillicothe says:

    Lizzy Shinkicker rides again!

  6. Kaeoschassis says:

    Well, I don’t know what news I expected to read today, but that certainly wasn’t it. How wonderful. Admittedly a clunky and occasionally batshit game, but one I have very fond memories of. I’m a sucker for that kind of emergent storytelling.

  7. Someoldguy says:

    I had great fun with the original and have occasionally hunted around for any sign of completed English versions of the later games, with no success. I’ll probably get this one, but it’s a bit disappointing if this is a professional job to see the adventuring section of it still look like it’s been made in RPG Maker.

  8. Hawke says:

    Princess Maker 2 Refine sounds like Long Live The Queen (link to, but creepy.

    • NonCavemanDan says:

      I don’t know, there were some pretty creepy secrets with some of the characters in Long Live The Queen (incest with multiple family members being one of them). Admittedly, this didn’t involve your main character but the one ending where your aunt magically made you barren in secret to secure the line of succession for her family was quietly nasty.

    • AngoraFish says:

      It might sound like it, but Long Live the Queen is a visual novel with an arbitrary and frustratingly meaningless stat system tacked over the top, while Princess Maker is an actual life sim.

  9. PenguinJim says:

    My daughter is ten years old.

    My daughter is a ten-year-old.

    We use the hyphens to create a noun, Graham! Copy this out twenty times for your homework.

  10. Marr says:

    Scott Sharkey’s infamous Princess Maker 2 review from the ancient depths of the interwebs: link to

  11. elevown says:

    I wonder if they removed the more adult content for steam? Though there were no images of anything really, she could end up a high class courtesan or even prostitute in the original.

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