Love Battle Princess Hands-On Preview

Love Battle Princess is a simple game of flowers and combos. You just tap the screen to create bubbles around the blue or yellow flowers that float around, avoiding skulls while building up your combos. But we think most heterosexual male gamers will be more interested in hearing about the sexy pin-ups adorning the background than the basic puzzle gameplay.

Love Battle Princess is one of those games like Sexy Poker that you would probably be too embarrassed to play on the bus sitting next to a little old lady who reminds you of your grandmother. As you play through the game’s challenge mode, you’ll unlock Pulse, Bounty, and Nitro, who each have a special attack to go along with their stunning good looks. There’s also one more model that requires you to achieve gold medals on all challenges, so most casual gamers probably won’t be able to unlock her without some practice.

In its current state, Love Battle Princess is not too sexually explicit, except for a few leering close-ups when you activate your model’s special move. Still, we would not be surprised if Apple found the game to be too objectionable for the App Store.

The puzzle game itself starts off simple, but eventually becomes quite challenging. We are told that more challenges will be added to smooth out the difficulty curve, and some more explanation is required for certain game mechanics, like whirling vortexes that attract nearby flowers.

Other interesting game mechanics, like boss skulls that you have to destroy, power-ups to pick up, and the way you have to prevent any floating flowers from reaching the bottom of the screen mean there’s a lot more going on than just the sexy background models. Even though we can’t see this game being appropriate for just anyone, it’s shaping up to be a surprisingly deep puzzle game with an attractive aesthetic.

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