Percentile Rank

Penny-Punching Princess is ranked in the 25th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

29%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 16, 2018

In all Penny Punching Princess is a promising title with a unique idea that is let down by a wonky control scheme. If the devs could somehow improve that through patching I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as a great $20-ish title for the Switch. As it is however, the general clunkiness is likely to put just about everyone off.

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Scored Reviews

GotGame
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2018

If you’re a fan of brawlers, there’s no reason I can think of that you should pass up Penny-Punching Princess.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess' simplicity is its strongest factor, but its lack of polish in narrative, and the price make it hard to recommend to every Switch owner.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 22, 2018

But this doesn’t detract from the game’s good qualities, and soon you’ll be beating your way through all manner of foes and enjoying yourself immensely. That is what Penny Punching Princess does well, making you enjoy your small jaunts with it. It is definitely a game I will be recommending on Switch, and one I think anybody who buys it will have an enjoyable time with and get their money’s worth.

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Switching Worlds
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess has a lot of charm. The pixel art of the characters look good. The music is good. The gameplay is addicting. Anyone looking for mindless fun will get something out of this. Anyone who wants a little more than that and enjoys the visual flare of earning experience points on the fly (in this case coins flying out of enemies) will surely get a kick (and punch) out of it. The bribing element of gameplay is uniquely implemented, but it could be improved. The entire charade of capitalism is a bonus. Certainly a beat-'em-up with style.

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SwitchRPG
Apr 2, 2018

If you are a fan of cash and bribery mixed with chaotic battles against hordes of enemies, traps and maze-like dungeons, then keep reading.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 21, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is an entertaining and fast-paced game in which you always need to be on high alert since a lot is going on in each fight as you juggle enemies and traps in small arena-style spots… which only gets worse when you're also facing against a mid-boss! If you're a fan of dungeon crawlers then I definitely recommend you give this one a try since it's a game that will keep you coming back for more until the end.

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GamePitt
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2018

Penny-Punching Princes is an interesting game which combines various gameplay mechanics in order to deliver a unique gaming experience. Embracing the bribery mechanic, you can spend hours searching for the creatures you need for your armour and convincing them to come with you on your journey whilst also ensuring you obtain the correct traps to help you wipe out the others. The only let-down is having to repeat previous levels due to the 'you die, you lose everything' mentality of the death mechanic, this made some levels boring and monotonous due to their length and you usually being OP when you are replaying levels.

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VGProfessional
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2018

With an arcade-style gameplay and RPG elements, Penny-Punching Princess is quite an original title. While not as easy as it seems, the game is still a fair challenge, but might be a niche game that fans of the genre will appreciate.

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Just Push Start
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Regardless of the problems, Penny-Punching Princess is a good portable game. While players can sit and grind all day, levels are short and simple enough to make it the perfect grab and go title.

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SwitchWatch
75%
75%
Mar 29, 2018

Overall, Penny-Punching Princess is a quirky Switch game from a reliable publisher. Sometimes you can get games of pure genius, sometimes you’ll get a solid effort. Sadly Penny-Punching Princess is more towards the latter but that is not to say it’s not an enjoyable game, because it is. I think the price will do it an injustice though as I do think it’s too expensive for what it is and will put off a lot of potential customers who are on the fence. It’s mindless action that holds on to the money concept for dear life and it works well, if a little clunky at times, and the brawling isn’t particularly as deep as it could have been. It’s still an enjoyable romp though for those wanting a bit of chaotic action with a twist.

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PS3Blog.net
75%
75%
Apr 17, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a very fun and rewarding dungeon crawler with humor that is quite good. The game's design is impressive as well with charming and likeable characters that shine in their pixelated goodness. The game is worth every penny on Nintendo Switch, and it is a highly addictive release you should check out.

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Grandma's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2018

Each battle in every mission is equal parts challenging and annoying, which ends up being a surprisingly potent mix to keep you coming back. Penny-Punching Princess may have its quirks but it won’t waver in keeping your attention.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess offers a great twist on the classic RPG formula, adding a new bribing system that takes your opponents out of the game to use for your own advantage. You'll find many hours' worth of content available here, and learning how to best use your magic calculator abilities for maximum success is highly enjoyable.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Apr 2, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess combines a lot of elements together and doesn't quite form a completely-perfect cloth out of them.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess might have its issues, but it's a nice lightweight brawler that mixes together quick levels and a focus on grinding for items to make for a good home and portable experience on Switch, even if sometimes that expedient pace can be thwarted by some choke points. The issues might drag it down overall, but enough clever ideas make this a game worth checking out, as long as you're not that much in debt to the Dragoloans.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

NIS delivers the weird yet again with Penny-Punching Princess, a fun little arcade romp that just escapes the danger of staleness. Stretched a little too thin but a lot of people are going to be enjoying this one with a price drop.

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Use a Potion
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess continues NIS America’s trend of offering unconventional RPGs that blend together a quirky setup with unique gameplay mechanics, but it really does make for a good time. It has its fair share of flaws, with the repetitive drag of forced-grinding proving to be the most severe, but I can’t deny that I had a ton of fun with the game – each frustration is outweighed by the satisfaction of the entertaining brawling with your gold-hungry ‘allies’ by your side. It’s far from perfect, but anyone who enjoys an RPG that genuinely does something a little different will want to give Penny-Punching Princess a try.

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EGM
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess offers up a world where the heroine can solve (nearly) all of her problems through cold, hard cash, providing for some legitimately fun (and funny) scenarios to play out across the dungeon brawler's various chapters. Unfortunately, a necessity for grinding and some wild spikes in difficulty cause the princess' stockpile of coins to lose some of its shine.

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GearNuke
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a simple brawler with a unique economy system thrown in the mix. There are some flaws with its level design and the repetitive nature of its gameplay loop is not for everyone, but it is still a good fit for a portable system where it works best when played in short bursts.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 10, 2018

Long after money has exchanged hands, Penny-Punching Princess will be remembered for the pun-packed, zany adventure that it casts you out on. The game’s inherently repetitive nature will mean it’s best chipped away at over time, but, while some imbalance with the difficulty can irritate, bribing everything in sight with the magical calculator allows it to leave a lasting impression than others on the portable home console.

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Respawning
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

So yea, Penny Punching Princess is a pretty neat game. I really like the aesthetic and the music is great too. It has some clunky gameplay but it’s also so crunchy and satisfying I keep coming back for more. The story is fairly boring and I kinda couldn’t care less about it but hey at least it’s there. The characters are cute, the gameplay is unique enough I’d say and overall it’s a fun time. You’ll be spending a whole lotta time with this game since it’s got a good amount of missions for you to play.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2018

Basically Penny Punching Princess is yet another low budget production by Nippon Ichi who tries to throw into the fray some new gameplay, without having to take too much work from the technical point of view. The combat system can also be innovative and interesting to deepen, but in the long run can not entertain the player who is forced to move for dungeons always the same, which must be repeated several times each to improve the statistics of the princess and mitigate a particularly high level of difficulty.

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Nintendo Times
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess won’t appeal to everyone. It has a unique story, some wacky gameplay mechanics, and difficulty spikes that some will enjoy and others (like me) will find annoying. The brawler aspect of the action really calls out for co-op, but sadly it’s a single player affair.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 29, 2018

I love the art. I love the combat. I found the sharp challenge and simple, clean mechanics to all be very enjoyable. But I just couldn't get past how shallow it really was in the end, and how the game failed to live up to the tantalising promises made in its lede.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2018

Fortunately, the typical NIS charm and tight, top down dungeon battling are enough to carry Penny Punching Princess, despite the drawbacks with its greatest feature. If you’ve got slender, nimble fingers, you might get a lot more out of this title that I but even with those issues, there’s more good than bad with this cash guzzling revenge trip.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 13, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a solid, often fun brawler, but its emphasis on grinding and repetition make it too easy to step away from.

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DarkZero
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 9, 2018

Truly, Penny-Punching Princess feels more like an indie experiment than a full-fledged game and that's totally fine.

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GameSpew
60%
60%
Apr 4, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a classic example of a game that has a bright idea but implements it in such a ham-fisted way that it becomes an annoyance.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

6 / 10
May 2, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a fascinating take on the usual capitalist impulses within loot based games and combines this with a fun and humorous cartoon aesthetic, but it just never really feels fun to play.

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PSX Brasil
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 6, 2018

Trying on a different genre, Penny-Punching Princess brings an interesting premise, a brand new gameplay mechanic and not much else.

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Rice Digital
Apr 24, 2018

You do get to whip your mighty calculator out when bribing an enemy or object though, and the concept is so fun that it's a shame that it doesn't stand out as a mechanic after a couple of hours.

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Switch Player
May 15, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess brings an interesting slant to the brawler genre, one that sadly can become fiddly and repetitive over time. As a fairly expensive eShop title (physical release plans were scrapped at the last minute), it’s difficult to recommend a purchase here, given what you could get for your money instead. Penny-Punching Princess is certainly not a bad game, but it’s not a great one either. One to look for in the sales then, where your calculator allows.

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Video Chums
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a promising arena beat 'em up with RPG elements and an innovative bribing system.

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GameSpace
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

If the price drops to around the $20 mark, this title would be a quirky gem. As it stands, the cost of entry and the lack of true depth to Penny-Punching Princess make it a hard game to recommend to anyone. As it stands, it’s just not a very good time to be had. The price, combined with the repetitive nature and lack of level design make it a resounding “meh” of a game. It feels like it was meant for the 3DS, and was quickly ported to the Switch to cash in, and that’s not a good thing.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 4, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess is a much too redondant beat'em all to be worth the full price asked. Despite its good idea (on paper) to add a calculator which allows you too buy basically everything on screen, NIS game fells short on new stuff too encourage the player to defeat the same basic monsters into uninspired labyrinths.

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JRPG.moe
May 14, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess has pretty pixel art, but plenty of problems. While perfectly playable, the game reveals itself to be predictable and punishing, preventing progress with painful pitfalls and pure repetition.

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RPGamer
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Jun 6, 2018

Instead of cashing in on its unique premise, the game’s one-note execution, paper-thin story, and frustrating difficulty drive its fun quotient into the red.

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