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Battle Princess Madelyn (2018) is a running and jumping game where you defeat hordes of enemies like the classic arcade game Ghosts 'n' Goblins. It's similarly fast-paced and difficult, here though you have to pick your way through labyrinthine levels, and use magical powers to find secret locations and portals.

You play the princess Madelyn, who finds her family gone and her kingdom in ruins. You set out on a quest to rid the land of evil, defeating the multitude of enemies that have invaded and fighting powerful bosses. You run and jump across vast chasms and traverse huge expanses, with a variety of both short-and-long-range weapons. When you defeat enemies, they drop gear and weapons you can then use to take on more powerful enemies.

The game map is huge and has many secret passages and alternate routes that can lead you to treasures and helpful weapons, armour and items you need later on, so exploration is essential. The combat and traversal are intentionally challenging and require a degree of memorisation of the layout, position of portals and how to defeat the many types of enemy.

Unlike other games that grant you plenty of health, a few hits from any attack or one mistake when avoiding obstacles and you'll have to start the stage again. You'll die often, but part of the fun is in overcoming the intense challenge. The arcade mode does away with the story and focuses exclusively on the gameplay challenge, featuring more but smaller rooms which require even tighter, more focused gameplay execution.

It's a unique take on the classic platforming formula, which adds new challenges and mechanics, but still requires the same ultra-precise actions and fast-paced reflexes.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Battle Princess Madelyn 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence and Fear. This is a retro arcade style of game and involves the player’s character throwing knives and or axes at enemy characters. Each throw causes a flurry of weapons to be flung at a character. When hit there is a flash of coloured light and smoke and the character disappears, there are no audible pain noises. Some of the enemies, most notably the bosses, can be frightening to young children.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game is very challenging and requires a great deal of patience and perseverance in addition to fast reflexes, problem-solving and logic.


Battle Princess Madelyn usually costs £15.49 to £16.47.

Battle Princess Madelyn

XBox Store Xbox One £16.47
Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
On the Nintendo Switch system, you can also buy Battle Princess Madelyn: Royal Edition, which has no story mode and features instead an extended and refined arcade mode. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/12/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Real Monster Bath (@RealMonsterBath)

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