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Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Review | A Welcome Remaster for Newcomers

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Princess Maker 2 Regeneration is a great starting point for newcomers considering its multi-platform release, but longtime fans might find it a tougher sell, especially since the game already has a remaster on Steam. While this version does an adequate job, it largely feels like the same familiar game without any significant new additions. It's still the amazing, addictive child-raising simulation that fans love, but the outdated UI, off-putting sexualization, and lack of quality-of-life improvements are now very noticeable. It would have benefited more from being a full-on remake rather than just a remaster.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration is another remaster of the beloved 30-year-old simulation game by Takami Akai. Read our review to see what it did well, what it didn't do well, and if it's worth buying.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Review Overview

What is Princess Maker 2 Regeneration?

You are a famous military hero recognized by a god and is bestown a little girl, of whom you must raise until adulthood to become an upstanding citizen in society. The little girl’s dream is to become a princess, and so it will be your mission to raise her and make her into royalty.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration features:
 ⚫︎ Simulation Management Childcaring Game
 ⚫︎ Over 70 endings
 ⚫︎ New Opening Animation
 ⚫︎ Updated Graphics and Resolution
 ⚫︎ Information about multiplayer, if available
 ⚫︎ Improved English Localization

For more gameplay details, read everything we know about Princess Maker 2 Regeneration's gameplay and story.


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Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Pros & Cons

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Pros Cons
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Checkmark Addicting Sim Management
Checkmark Great for Newcomers
Checkmark A Product of its Time

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Overall Score - 78/100

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration is a great starting point for newcomers considering its multi-platform release, but longtime fans might find it a tougher sell, especially since the game already has a remaster on Steam. While this version does an adequate job, it largely feels like the same familiar game without any significant new additions. It's still the amazing, addictive child-raising simulation that fans love, but the outdated UI, off-putting sexualization, and lack of quality-of-life improvements are now very noticeable. It would have benefited more from being a full-on remake rather than just a remaster.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Story - 9/10

The game feels like a choose-your-own-adventure book, where the story unfolds based on how you raise your child. It's incredible how ahead of its time this game is, with over 70 possible endings ensuring that each playthrough is unique and vastly different from the others.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Gameplay - 8/10

In this game, everything revolves around raising your daughter. It's a full-on management sim where every decision you make shapes her future. Get ready for a lot of reading and staying in one location for most of your playthrough. It might take a while to get into the rhythm, but once you do, it becomes incredibly addictive and fun. As you gain more resources, the game, while simple, reveals its depth and complexity. The only downside is its outdated UI, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking at the same screen.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Visuals - 7/10

While I do appreciate the HD artwork, the new opening, and the updated resolution, the game still feels outdated at times. The main issue is the UI, which can be overwhelming at first and remains cluttered with too much text. This can be frustrating and make it difficult to read some of the text clearly.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Audio - 8/10

The audio in this game is solid. The music is nice to listen to in the background, and the voice-acting scenes are well done. While I wish there was an English dub, the Japanese voice-acting is pretty good as it is.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Value for Money - 7/10

While Regeneration does a decent job as a remaster, it's harder to recommend, especially since a previous remaster is already available on Steam. This new version offers few improvements and comes with a higher price tag of $40. For newcomers, it's a great starting point, especially since it's now available on platforms like the Switch, PS4, and PS5. However, be aware that, despite being a really fun game, it definitely feels like a product of its time.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Review: A Welcome Remaster for Newcomers

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Who knew parenting could be this much fun? If you’ve never played any Princess Maker games before, let me reel you in. The Princess Maker series is a blend of simulation management and dating simulation games where you play as a father raising his daughter from age 10 to 18. You’ll make choices that shape her personality, skills, and future, requiring constant attention to her status to guide her toward the best life possible.

Even though the UI and graphics can look outdated at times, even in HD, don’t be fooled—this is one of the best and most underrated simulation management games out there. It’s easy to pick up but has layers of complexity. Imagine if George R.R. Martin created a choose-your-own-adventure book, not just because of the deep and intricate fantasy storytelling, but also due to its very mature themes.

The story kicks off with a demon army besieging the kingdom, led by Lucifon, the Prince of Darkness, sent by the Deities to punish a medieval city for its sins. You, a wandering swordsman, defeat Lucifon in a fierce battle, and as a reward for your good deeds, the King offers you a home and an annual salary of 500 gold pieces.

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But one fateful night, everything changes. The Swordsman hears a mysterious voice and discovers a girl enclosed in a radiant orb of light descending from the heavens. It turns out she's under the protection of a deity who implores you to raise her.

Thus begins the tale of a father-daughter journey that holds the fate of mankind. The gameplay revolves around a calendar system where you raise your daughter from ages 10 to 18. Each month, you decide her daily activities—whether it's studying, working, or taking a break. Every choice impacts her stats, including the birthday you select. It’s best to keep a pen and paper handy or use a notepad to plan her schedule and save frequently.

Managing and noticing all these details is quite rewarding, as it truly feels like guiding your daughter toward a bright future, and making tough decisions along the way. It’s almost like a parent simulator, with plenty of side quests that add depth and replay value. You could see her working at a bar one moment, tutoring a student the next, or even embarking on demon-slaying adventures. The game offers intricate options that drastically alter her path, leading to a multitude of endings—a hallmark of the series that makes blind playthroughs so thrilling.

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One significant issue I have with this game is that its dated design is evident in its cluttered UI, lack of quality-of-life features, and there’s really a lack of additions to make it appealing to purchase instead of the cheaper remastered version, Princess Maker 2 Refined. Furthermore, I'm concerned about the game's awkwardly placed and inappropriate sexualization, which feels jarring. The option to marry your daughter or have her work in a cabaret is unsettling, and some side quests require your daughter to be sexualized in ways that can be uncomfortable to witness.

It's clear that the game is showing its age in these regards. If you're new to the series, I would recommend skipping those jobs as they almost always lead to one of the bad endings. It’s understandable when the game tackles heavy and dark topics, but there are moments where it crosses into inappropriate territory, especially with certain quests.

Overall, it's a really addictive game that I would recommend for newcomers. However, for for fans of the series who have already played it, it's harder to justify purchasing this version as there are really no new additional features or worthwhile improvements other than a better translation. I recommend Regeneration for newcomers because it’s the most accessible.

If you prefer playing on Switch, PS4, or PS5, I would recommend the Switch version to avoid any potential censorship changes.

Pros of Princess Maker 2 Regeneration

Things Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Got Right
Checkmark English Localization Improvements
Checkmark Addicting Sim Management
Checkmark Great for Newcomers

English Localization Improvements

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The English localization has seen significant improvements and now closely mirrors the original Japanese text, which definitely deserves applause. This is a major plus for diehard fans who want to experience the game as faithfully as possible to its original vision.

Addicting Sim Management

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It’s no wonder the Princess Maker franchise is often hailed as an underrated gem. It's one of the most addictive games I’ve played, striking a perfect balance between simplicity and complexity. You genuinely become attached to your daughter, striving to give her the best life possible, knowing that every decision shapes her future dramatically. While the game may feel outdated in some respects, especially visually, its gameplay was truly ahead of its time.

Great for Newcomers

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If you've ever wanted to dive into this game and aren't sure where to begin, this is probably your best entry point, especially since it's available on multiple platforms.

Cons of Princess Maker 2 Regeneration

Things That Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Can Improve
Checkmark A Product of its Time

A Product of its Time

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Since this game originally launched in 1993, even a remaster can only update so much. It still retains a lot of outdated elements like its cluttered UI, which you'll spend a lot of time navigating, occasionally unreadable text, and some strange quest and story choices that don't quite fit the overall feel of the game.

Is Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Worth It?

Yes for Newcomers, Not so Much for Fans

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This game is a great entry point for newcomers looking to explore this underrated series. However, for existing fans who already own the game, it might not offer enough new content to justify another purchase. While the improvements are noticeable, like better translations and enhanced visuals, there's a lack of new endings or jobs that could have added more depth. If you're a diehard fan, though, the improvements might still make it worth picking up.


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Price $39.99


Princess Maker 2 Regeneration FAQ

Is Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Censored on PS4 and PS5?

Bliss Brain has announced that the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of Princess Maker 2 Regeneration will undergo modifications to align with ethical standards. These changes will involve:

 ⚫︎ Removing items that increase the daughter’s bust size.
 ⚫︎ Removing the endings Marriage with Father and Marriage with Butler.

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Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Product Information

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Banner
Title PRINCESS MAKER 2 REGENERATION
Release Date July 11, 2024 (PC, Nintendo Switch)
August , 2024 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)
Developer Bliss Brain, Monkey Craft
Publisher Bliss Brain
Supported Platforms PC(Steam), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Genre Simulation, Visual Novel, Anime
Number of Players 1
Rating ESRB T
Official Website Princess Maker 2 Regeneration Official Website

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