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Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! Coming to PSN Soon

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Paul Croft and I’m Director of Games at Mediatonic. We’re an small indie games studio based in London in the UK.

I’m posting here on the PlayStation Blog about Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess!, our brand new title developed specifically for the new PSP Minis service.

Monsters Probably Stole My Princess

In the game the player controls a massively powerful (and slightly unhinged) aristocratic demon known as ‘The Duke’ who wakes up to discover his Princess is missing. Without a single clue to go on, he can only assume that monsters were (probably) responsible, and sets out to track her down by beating up monsters largely at random in the hope that it will (somehow) reunite him with his beloved.

Monsters Probably Stole My Princess (1)

At the center of the game is the Story mode, which follows the progress of The Duke as he beats down monsters across six different levels in the quest for his Princess.

The real challenge of the game comes into play in Score Attack mode, which contains eighteen unique levels, each unlocked by breaking target scores in the preceding levels. The Duke is a flamboyant character who likes to reward himself based on how stylishly he managed to complete each level and destroy his opponent.

Through moving the Duke from platform to platform in an unbroken chain, the player can build up a combo which increases both the amount of points earned and also the speed of the game. To gain the maximum amount of points for each level, the Duke must touch every platform and still defeat the monster before he escapes!

Monsters Probably Stole My Princess (2)

This is our first PSP title. We’ve been really excited about the potential of Minis since we heard of the program and have really enjoyed building the game. It’s packed full of humor, little details, rewards and a few secrets!

We’ve been working on the game for almost four months now and we’re all really excited it – we hope you all like it!

To keep up with the latest news on our games you can follow Mediatonic on Twitter @Mediatonic.

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poweredbyzen said:

January 19th, 9:59 am

oh no, monsters! i’m skeered!

poweredbyzen said:

January 19th, 10:00 am

i forgot, any trophies?! i love trophies!

poweredbyzen said:

January 19th, 10:01 am

sorry, i forgot again – got a demo?! i love demos!

Vash_Nightmare said:

January 19th, 10:02 am

I think psp minis don’t support trophies by default

anyways the game looks beautiful. I’ll (probably) pick it up day one.

SpiritThief said:

January 19th, 10:03 am

Kind of a stupid name for a game.

Jeigh said:

January 19th, 10:08 am

I LOVE the name of the game! So hilarious! I especially love in the first paragraph “in the hope that it will (somehow) reunite him with his beloved.” Describes just about every 2D platformer I’ve ever played. 5 Stars for an excellent sense of humor and an amazing looking Mini.

depward said:

January 19th, 10:12 am

Quite excited for this; I’m all about great looking and playing PSP Minis.

Also, love the name!

UNCyrus said:

January 19th, 10:18 am

Cool concept! Pricepoint on the game?

Sindred said:

January 19th, 10:21 am

Holy Crap, this looks awesome, and came out of nowhere!

EventStatus said:

January 19th, 10:27 am

Love the name of the game. Pretty much the character assumes this has happened, beating up on monsters that may of had nothing to do with the princess. That alone is enough for a good laugh. Looking forward to it.

Acemahl said:

January 19th, 10:29 am

Looks fun. Can’t wait.

ModernYorkster said:

January 19th, 10:36 am

Paul Croft,

Will this Mini be available for play via the PlayStation 3? (Similar to other minis)

spunnups said:

January 19th, 10:40 am

can these be played via the PS3? Trophies are always welcome.


January 19th, 10:43 am

So it says COMING SOON…When is it coming? With Sony COMING SOON can be 2012…..

Mediatonic_Paul said:

January 19th, 10:45 am

Great to hear you all like the look of the game!

I can confirm the game will be available on the PS3.

Unfortunately trophies and demos are not supported in Minis so these will not be in the game.

Alas pricepoint is also unconfirmed but it should be around the middle of the current price range.


Mediatonic_Paul said:

January 19th, 10:47 am


The game will be released in February all being well :)


January 19th, 10:53 am


I hope that is the middle of 2.99 to 6.99…because the price of Tetris @10$ was ridiculous.

Sorry about the no demo thing on minis…that seems to me to be a big strike against picking up games that are not heavily advertised.

Good luck with the game.

Mediatonic_Paul said:

January 19th, 10:57 am


Yeah it will be within that range, nothing too crazy :)

We’ll be releasing a trailer and a few other bits closer to launch to hopefully give a good idea of how it will play.

There is a little more info on the website:


crusher915 said:

January 19th, 10:59 am

a little fail but the minis are available at the ps3 to

Mediatonic_Paul said:

January 19th, 11:00 am


Yeah it will be within that range, nothing too crazy :)

We’ll be releasing a trailer and a few other bits closer to launch to hopefully give a good idea of how it will play.


HatmanTc said:

January 19th, 11:11 am

Very catchy name, looks cool. Might pick it up if the price point isn’t too high. I need something other then the PBH tables to occupy my time during my launch break and extended facility breaks.

If anyone wants to hear good reviews of PSN mini titles listen to The PSNation podcast, Zavari does a weekly review for minis titles and they are really good ao if you’re ever unsure listen to his takes on them

remanutd5 said:

January 19th, 11:33 am

looks very kool , i think it will be the first mini game i will be getting for my psp GO , can we play the game on the ps3 ?

Mediatonic_Paul said:

January 19th, 11:35 am

@HatmanTc – Good to hear you like the name!

@remanutd5 – Awesome! I can confirm that the game will be playable on the PS3.

LokeSTL said:

January 19th, 11:41 am

1) Add a few trophies to the PS3 side of the minis and I’ll start buying these. Is this a future possibility?

2) (@Jeff) Why not emulate PSP games on the PS3?

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 11:45 am

    — On my correct account now :)

    1) I\’m not aware of any plans at Sony for this but if they release this functionality then we\’ll add it if possible.

DragonRay said:

January 19th, 11:41 am

this looks funny , if it’s $5 or less I’ll probably pick it up since it has ps3 support , checked out the website and got the wallpapers for my ps3 and I read somewhere it comes in around 100mb which is the highest a mini can be , does this mean it was developed with the ps3 minis emulation in mind and will have good graphics on ps3 compared to some others or is it just a bigger game with more levels ?

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 11:46 am


    The large file size of the game is due to quite a few different things – primarily it\’s that the game has a lot of large artwork and animation in which increases the filesize.

    It was not developed with Emulation in mind (we started before this was announced) but I believe it all scales up well on the PS3.

Crotin said:

January 19th, 11:44 am

“This is our first PSP title”

did you make any other games before?

ijustw1n said:

January 19th, 11:45 am


I understand he’s an indie dev but at least red text all his responses.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 11:50 am

    I\’m all in red now :)

JetSetFuture said:

January 19th, 11:46 am

I will (probably) buy this!

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 12:17 pm

    Awesome ;)

djspinal said:

January 19th, 11:55 am

I actually amateur surgeon! It was very cute… and disturbing! Enjoy the plunge to console guyz!

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 12:16 pm


    There has been a lot of new things to learn but we\’ve had a great experience with it so far :)

onlineatron said:

January 19th, 12:02 pm

Sounds like Dracula mixed with The Hangover!

Hope it plays well, will buy it in a flash if it does =D

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 12:15 pm

    I had not thought of it that way – but yes, it\’s a little like that!

    The game will (probably) play well! :D

onlineatron said:

January 19th, 12:08 pm

Ok… So I just killed a ‘Dead’ Hobo and sliced him up Trauma Centre style with a Pizza Cutter…..


royalflush5 said:

January 19th, 12:13 pm

thank god this is not another match 3 game!!!

and it looks really cool i plan to pick this up

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 12:17 pm


    We\’re hoping the game will be a little bit different :)

starBlinky01 said:

January 19th, 1:34 pm

looks neat! Cant wait to hear the reviews for this one.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 1:58 pm

    I\’m looking forward to those also! ;)

Pelt_Hunter said:

January 19th, 1:40 pm

Ahhh pewp. Would’ve totally dished out $10 for this quirky, cartoon-esque game if it was a full fledged title. As it is, I’m not sure how I sit with minis. I figured PSN games were ADD enough, now we have even SHORTER games. lol.. Might scoop it anyway but I hope they implement trophy support for all games even minis.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 1:59 pm

    haha, well I would recommend you give it a try…

narwhalSTAB said:

January 19th, 1:43 pm

I saw a story on this game last week on Joystiq and immediately loved the art style. This will be the first “Mini” I ever purchase.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 2:00 pm

    Awesome! Look out for the trailer in a few weeks time to see it in action!

Link01 said:

January 19th, 2:02 pm

God, I actually want this…. if this game was 1080p and had trophies I’d buy it in a heart beat

Frejim said:

January 19th, 2:46 pm

I’ll (probably) buy this game!!!!

Darth-Krayt said:

January 19th, 3:46 pm

This game looks good. I’m (probably) getting this on PSP the day it releases since it can also be played on PS3. Though as a suggestion, I really think you guys should look into making a bigger, badder version of this as a full PSN game for PS3. More levels, more monsters, trophies, maybe even online co-op. When I first saw the screens I thought it was a PSN game. It’s art style looks similar to Castle Crashers (which I hope eventually comes to PS3 as well). I think this would make an awesome PS3 game that would get pretty good sales if you could get it out there for $9.99. Something to consider. I’d buy it day 1 with more enthusiasm than I (probably) will the minis version.

BTW, I AM getting this game, in case that’s not clear, asuming you can get it up for $5.99 or so. I honestly, probably wouldn’t buy it for $10. But Kudo on making sure it works on PS3. that will equate to alot more sales for you on a kool looking game like this.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 4:30 pm

    Great to hear you like it!

    This is our first PSP / PS3 game so the Minis were perfect for us to try things out – if things go well a full PSN game is certainly something we\’ll consider.

plaztiksyke said:

January 19th, 3:54 pm

@37: same here. minis just don’t scale up very well on my 50″ plasma, though Echoes was creative enough to be fun.

I understand that minis are supposed to be simple so that QA/cert goes faster and more cheaply, but not having trophies on the PS3 side is what’s keeping me from trying more. Just having 1 silver trophy per mini for finishing the game would be easy to test and match my willingness-to-pay expectations.

For now, I’m going to wait for a PS3 version with HD art and audio assets. How similar are the PSP and PS3 SDKs?

I love on iPhone! Are there any plans to bring it to PS3 and use the upcoming motion controller? Ever since Critter Crunch, I’ve been waiting for another quirky game with hand-drawn art @ 1080p and lossless audio :)

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 19th, 4:33 pm

    The PS3 versions of the Minis are the same as the PSP version – it\’s the same code but on the PS3 it gets scaled up.

    Great to hear you like Must.Eat.Birds! It\’s something we\’re thinking about bringing to PSP/PS3 but no definite plans at the moment.

Shinra_Soilder said:

January 19th, 6:34 pm

Wow. The story sounds funny. I wonder how the story will play out. Could there be a sequel?
Hmm. I think I’ll try this out. I played Amateur Surgeon but I wasn’t a very good doctor. XD

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 20th, 12:22 am

    We hope you\’ll like it!

    At present no plans for a sequel, but we\’ll see how things go :)

dragonthingy123 said:

January 19th, 8:52 pm

Nice! Going to pick this one up if it’s under 6.99$.

Do you know if there is anyway to get a development kit from Sony for an Indie developer as myself? I’m also really interested in making a PSP Minis title like this one, if you could maybe email me a contact or someting (jfig111 at gmail dot com), that’d be great.

I also love Amatuer Surgeon, you guys planning to make anymore Adult Swim games?

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 20th, 12:42 am

    Awesome I will drop you an email.

    We have a new Adultswim game underway at the moment so look out for it :)

Elvick_ said:

January 19th, 10:45 pm

I love the concept of this game. I can’t wait to try it out. :3 Sounds more like a regular PSN title to me though. Either way, it looks awesome.

Maguss said:

January 19th, 11:20 pm

Wow sounds awesome!! Release date?!?! This will be my first Mini!!

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 20th, 12:43 am

    We\’re waiting to confirm the exact date with Sony – but it should be released in February.

stevelvl said:

January 19th, 11:20 pm

Who cares.. we don’t want these games, we want Ps1 Classics, its been two updates without them, come thursday i hope you guys make up for the lack of them! with suikoden 2 and Xenogears, but ya probably don’t have the guts to put them in. you’d make the most money with those two.

DiscoJer said:

January 20th, 1:28 am

Well, I’ll definitely be buying this. The minis program has been kind of lackluster so far, but this looks quite good. At least it’s something original, not an iPhone port priced 3x.

He looks more like a vampire than a demon though. And Duke? Seems close to Count.

DiscoJer said:

January 20th, 3:42 am

Also let me add, it’s great seeing a mini developer post on this blog. The last one was oh, way back in October, I think.

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    Paul Croft said:

    January 20th, 5:08 am

    That\’s great to hear!

    We\’ll hopefully be posting again in a few weeks to explain a little more about the story and The Duke :)

TubaDude49 said:

January 20th, 4:37 am

@47 Oh that’s right, I remembered, Retro Grade, I still want that.

CDubyahS said:

January 20th, 7:31 am

I (probably) won’t buy it. good luck with this sony

Maulok said:

January 20th, 8:26 am

This game won me over, I have found my first Mini purchase!

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