Princess Nightmare

I have never been a huge fan of otome games (games/visual novels for girls, usually with a girl as the protagonist). My impression of them have been that most of them consist of the main character wading through hordes of cliché bishies, just as many BxG games consist of the main character wading through hordes of moe-blobs. Or rather, it’s not that I didn’t like them, they just never really appealed to me.

But lately I have taken greater interest in them, and decided to try out a few. Two games that caught my eye were Princess Nightmare and Heart no Kuni no Alice. Even though what I have tried of Heart no Alice looks very awesome indeed, I decided to go with Princess Nightmare first. It has the advantage of the heroine being voiced, which helps my understanding a lot, and then it’s not as insanely long as Heart no Alice is.

Anyway…. this game really surprised me in a good way. So far I have played through it once, and of course reached a bad ending, but I am enjoying this much more than I hoped I would. The characters in the game are a lot of fun once you really get into it, and the art is wonderful.

You play as “Little Dracula”, a vampire girl who wishes to go to school and try and live like an ordinary girl. Even though her brother Radou is set against it, her father (Dracula himself) gives her permission, and she starts attending a school that is very conveniently divided into day and night classes. Here she meets a human boy named Shinji, his classmates, and his good friend called Inukai (a werewolf).
Of course the vampires are hiding in Japan for a reason, and soon none other than Hellsing himself comes running after them, together with a crazy professor of sorts. I also managed to get a short glimpse of the mysterious “Prince” character before reaching the bad end.

The music in the game is great – especially the creepy tunes work well for me. The voice acting is fun to listen to as well, especially when the characters sometimes make some pretty funny personality changes. Especially a school play in the middle of the story makes me crack up – in spite of the theme being a bit cliché, that scene was just too funny.

It’s obvious that there is still much of the story in the game that I haven’t discovered yet, since I got the “sad” ending.

Unfortunately this game has a feature that seems to be in most Karin games (Yo-Jin-Bo and Animamundi has it as well) – when the game starts, you will be presented with a scene where you have to answer a row of short questions. These questions help determine your chances of getting different endings later in the game. I find it kind of annoying, since this most likely sets you up for a bad ending on your early playthroughs when you don’t know much about the characters. I will definitly end up doing the same thing I did in Yo-Jin-Bo, using a walkthrough for these first few questions, and then get through the rest on my own.
Also, every choice menu has a clock counting down, which makes it a little hard for someone with weak reading skills to make the right choices in time ^^; Thankfully none of the choices have been very complicated so far, so I have been able to read them without too much trouble.

Another thing that kind of put me off, especially at first, is a very strangely chosen standard pose for Inukai. In his standard pose, he’s giving you the finger. I mean, this fits well in some scenes, sure, but it’s strange to see him standing like that when he’s just speaking normally to someone, lol.

As some might know, Princess Nightmare is the game that was rumoured to be the next license by Hirameki before they went out of VN business. Because of this a small translation group by the name Otome Eternal has taken up the task of fan-translating this game. Unfortunately it looks like the project has stalled somewhat, but I do hope that they will succeed. This is a really good game after all.

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12 Responses to “Princess Nightmare”


  1. 1 TDOMJ July 13, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Hmm so these games have stories? If it’s the opposite of gal game, I thought it’d be a girl loved by many guys, and there’re H-scenes O_O.

  2. 2 vatina July 13, 2008 at 10:44 am

    It’s generally the same, just that the protagonist is a girl (and the romance able characters are boys).
    So yeah, they have stories too 😛 There are no H-scenes in Princess Nightmare.

  3. 3 Kana March 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Helo, I’m Kana. And I could use some help from you :3
    Did you do any special “tricks” when you install Princess Nightmare? Because mine kept saying “Please set the original disc” 😦 I wonder why that is…?
    It’s really helpful if you, who had played it, could help me with this little problem of mine ^^;

    • 4 Vatina March 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      Hello!
      Well, that depends. I guess inserting the disc would work then…?
      I can’t remember if I had that problem, but I know there is a no-CD patch that lets you play without a cd, that might help you. Try googling it, and I’m sure you’ll find it 🙂

      • 5 Kana March 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

        The disc was inserted the whole time 😦
        And it seems like the link to the patch was dead… do you have one? ;_;

      • 6 Vatina March 22, 2010 at 4:52 am

        I see. I can try and find another link for you, but I’m just about to go out the door and leave for a week, so I probably won’t be able to give it to you until after that. Sorry!

      • 7 Kana March 27, 2010 at 5:17 am

        Ah, my friend just gave me another link. So now I can finally play the game.
        Thank you for your good will, though. 🙂 maybe we can exchange comments about the game in the future :p

      • 8 Vatina March 27, 2010 at 10:54 am

        That’s good to hear 🙂 I hope you will enjoy the game!

  4. 9 Roniel Tyler July 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

    i can’t download the patch because he keep telling me ‘the page not found’ so can someone gave me another link

  5. 10 Ryn February 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Um, hello!
    Maybe I’m a bit late for this but I have been searching for this game for a pretty long time and I really want to play it so so badly QAQ

    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GAME SEEMS SO PRETTY!!

    So please, pretty pretty pretty PLEASE, could you send me a link to download this game?? QwQ

    I would sooo worship you eternally TTwTT

    • 11 haruhi01 May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Hi there!
      I have also been searching for this game for a long time!! And couldn’t find it anywhere… :/
      I live in a little country where I can’t buy things like this, nor do I have a card or money to buy it. But I am a great fan of anime and manga and the japanese culture, and wanted to try out these kind of games for a long time! 🙂
      I would really appreciate if you could tell from where di you download the game! m(_ _)m Onegaishimasu!

  6. 12 rialta October 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hi
    I want to download this game but I can’t find it. Somebody can help me ?

    THANKS


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