Princess Maker 4 is the fourth installment in the long-running Japanese character-growth simulator series. The title marks the return of the franchise with an original game after a string of PS2 re-releases.
Unlike past installments, Princess Maker 4 was developed by GeneX, although Takami Akai (original series creator) remained on hand as a supervisor. This time, character illustrations were handled by Tenhiro Naoto, the creator of Sister Princess.
Structurally, Princess Maker 4 draws much inspiration from Princess Maker 2, although an adventure mode does not exist anymore. As with PM3, full voiceovers have been recorded, including contributions from famous voice actors like Sakurai Takahiro (Prince Sharul/Charles).
PM4 is highly drama-oriented. Throughout the game, there are various event scenes that offer clues about your daughter's past, not to mention the war between humans and non-humans and her demonic roots. This is probably what differentiates it the most from previous PM games. Another change is that most of the vice related jobs are less "adult oriented" as it is impossible for the daughter to receive more sinful jobs such as Carabet Dancing or as an assassin.
The story begins when the player is a soldier. The player falls in love with a mysterious woman. However, she disappears, only to be found by the player few years later. She hands you the child whose default name is Patricia along with Cube (The butler). And so the journey to fatherhood begins...
As the daughter grows from age 10 to 18, her physical appearance will change from preteen (age 10-12) to teenager (age 13-15) to adult woman (16-18). Although her face is generally the same as before, it will become longer and sharper as she grows older while her body also elongates.
Scheduling plays an important part of the game where the daughter may study, indulge in combat training, learn the ways of polite society, practice magic, train in the fine arts, and also practice grace and charm. All of the activities will affect her sensibilities, manners, mind, and other attributes which all contribute to her becoming a productive member of society. There are 14 occupations that the daughter may grow into along with some special professions that will result if certain conditions are met. Some examples of her professions include maid, house keeper, farmer, waitress, stripper, bartender, casino dealer, and others.
A Japanese PC version of Princess Maker 4 was released on July 28, 2006. It contains many more endings and events compared to the original.
A PlayStation Portable version of Princess Maker 4 was released in Japan on October 12, 2006.
A Nintendo DS version of it was released with a few more endings and "extras" not released in the original PC version. These extras are, like ending galleries, only accessible after finishing the first ending and credit sequence.
Earlier, there was an entirely different Princess Maker 4 in the works. Under development at Ninelives, the game was to take place in modern Tokyo rather than the medieval world featured in the final game. This project was eventually abandoned due to Akai's health failures. However, the concept went on to be the basis of Princess Maker 5, for example - the modern Japan setting and the fact that Cube can transform himself into a dog.
The Limited Collector's Edition includes the following bonus items in addition to the game:
- Collector's DVD
- Slipcase with alternate cover artwork
- Three special trading cards
- A secret gift from a daughter to a doting father
4th appeared has been loved as a daughter of the original growth game in "Princess Maker" series. Players grown to celebrate the birthday of 18 years from age 10, the daughter of blood and human Makai is flowing. Also blood of Makai would be awake by upbringing .... Emphasis on drama, changes in social conditions are also included in this work.
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Medieval Fantasy & Anime themes.