ACSC10 - My Fair Princess
Genre: Comedy, adventure, action.
Rating: PG (Pure Genius)*
Runtime: 23 minutes
Written & Directed by: Lord Basse
A beautiful princess is locked up in a far-away castle, and it's up to the Brave Knight In Shining Armour with as much personality as a piece of cardboard to save her. Does that premise sound familiar? I'm sure it does, it's the most classic and cliché fairytale imaginable.
This cinematic is that story. Except it's not. Five failed fairytale heroes set out to save the kidnapped princess, not so much out of care for the princess or a need for a noble quest, but because they want to become famous fairytale heroes. Only one will survive this perilous journey.
ABOUT THE SCENARIO:
This is a comedy, like most of what I do, and it's both a parody of and an homage to classic fairytales with damsels in distress, valiant knights without fear, awe-inspiring castles and lands and fear-striking dragons. If you have enjoyed any of my other humorous scenarios (Gwyndlegard, Jones Blond, Marvin and Rob, The Big Knights etc), you will most likely enjoy this.
This is also my entry to Mashek's AoKH Cinematic Scenario Contest of 2010, my fourth entry to the contest since 2006!
* shamelessly stolen from BJ :P
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My Fair Princess is Lord Basse's winning entry to the 2010 Cinematic Contest hosted by Mashek. My Fair princess beat the only other entry, Sebastien's “Blood Memories”, by just one clear point, leaving the contest at probably the closest contest in AOKH History.
My Fair princess follows the story of five daring wannabe heroes risking their lives to save a beautiful princess. The scenario is based on and inspired by Bonnie Tyler's “Holding Out for a hero” Song.
The cutscene is very enjoyable. Its is a classic fairytale story involving Five Wannabe Heroes, A Beautiful Princess, a Dark lord and, a Beaver Goat. The game includes a hell of a lot of humour and novelty, whilst also including a classic and cliché fairytale story. The game is 23 minutes of pure awesomeness, jokes and classic clichés. You will find yourself laughing the whole way through. Another plus of this game is that no bugs or lag was found anywhere,. The game has a brilliant flow.
Balance for a cinematic scenario means how well the scenarios flow and how well the dialogue and music fit in time with the game. My Fair princess does it perfectly. The flow was simple but executed well. It was mainly an A – B – C type cutscene and was pretty straightforward. But timed extremely well. The story is based on “Holding Out for A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler and the song is implemented into the scenario excellently. All of the other small sound effects and pieces of music also fit in well and are timed brilliantly. The dialogue is perfect if not a little to fast for slower readers but not bad enough to lower this score.
In two words, Extremely Creative. My Fair Princess is a very creative story, taking all of the classic clichés and turning them into a humorous adventure. The scenario is very fun and has a novel soundtrack. I love the fact that it is based on “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. I love the scenes where the “Heroes” are trying to get to the castle and are being chased by the Dark Lords army and all end up dying. I love the part where one gets hit by a car. The scenario also has a creative map design an outstanding trigger tricks. Another creative idea is that Lord Basse has created the cinematic as though it was a movie, creating a movie banner and using real actors including, Christopher Lee, Sean Connery and Emma Watson, as the cast. Very ingenious.
Map Design: 4+
The Map design was very good. It fits really well for the fairytale story, happy villages, creepy forest and the evil lords Castle, however for some scene the map design didn't fit as well as it could. Sometimes it was a bit over-done or too bland. However, the map design is still fantastic and includes great terrain mixing and use of foliage, animals and GAIA Objects. Elevation and cliffs are used well. The design of the town is outstanding and the triggers used to make it look alive work very, very well. In all a very satisfactory and excellent map design.
The Classic Fairytale Story using all of the possible clichés imaginable. It is very humorous, one of the funniest things in the Blacksmith, a traditional Lord Basse scenario. I really enjoyed the story and the way it was implemented into the scenario. The dialogue, as I said before, was perfect if not a little to fast for slower readers. The Instructions were too perfect and told you more than you needed to know; running time, rating (PG – Pure Genius), setup information and installation information. In all there is no way of not knowing how to install and setup this cinematic without being a fairly big idiot.
Overall My Fair princess is a highly enjoyable and humorous scenario. Watch it if you want to have 23 minutes of pure awesomeness and laughs.
A Highly recommended Download and a deserved win.
Well Done and Congratulations on the Win.
'My Fair Princess' is a cinematic-scenario, and at the long haul of a continuing tradition the author's fourth entry to the 'Age of Kings Heaven Cinematic Scenario Contest 2010' (ACSC10). The cinematic is fictional, a parodied tale of five daring knights looking for the cheap reward in rescuing a princess from an evil king's domain, rather than for honour or love sake as in traditional fairytales.
The file, which emphasises humour and in-game laughs to progress its story, came in first place in the contest by a single point.
PLAYABLIBLITY: A favourite actor of mine once said that to make someone laugh is perhaps the hardest thing to do. Of course, I speak from the words of the one and only Bill Murray. Approaching any kind of scenario here at the Blacksmith that claims to be 'humorous' is a high-risk venture, and the author of which surely looks to shooting himself in the foot. Despite this, Lord Basse's 'My Fair Princess' manages a generally fresh cinematic experience, with plenty of novel value and, of course, plenty of humour to dish out on your plate. It is indeed a much polished digression from the author's previous entries, particularly the series-in-development 'Jones Blond'. Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding out for a Hero' compliments the cinematic awesomely, and there were many moments where I couldn't help myself smile or even laugh-out-loud. This is a well-made parody of a period lacking even the fundamentals in chivalry, involving an abundance of cliche elements and in-game humour, but never enough to be over-done. 4.0 +
BALANCE: The cinematic runs well and the flow is seldom disrupted, if only for a couple of uninspired moments toward the end of the cut-scene where the rhythm was checked by lots of dialogue and a lack of complimentary sound effects. 5.0 -
CREATIVITY: There are many creative devices here, most of which the majority of us will have already seen, but which compliment the story nonetheless. While the cinematic doesn't rely on complex or never-before-seen trigger tricks, the sound effects and music are particularly used to good effect, structured around a solid story featuring many humorous undertakings. The bitmap and movie-like poster featuring many famous (and some not so much) actors is a creative and enjoyable touch. 4.0
MAP DESIGN: Over the years, I've watched the author develop and progress with time. Lord Basse has presented a much improved and polished style, and his map design is becoming more balanced and realistic. There is little here to negate, if only that the interior scenes are off key, but in the confines of AoK can be helped little. An overall strong effort. 5.0 -
STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: Despite its simplicity, the author has applied lots of attention to detail in this section of the cinematic, and the in-game dialogue is for the most to-the-point and humorous; a very good thing. 5.0
CONCLUSION: As the author's fourth entry into the 'ACSC', Lord Basse has come a long way. His continual revival of the parody and humour-driven story continues to grow stronger; I look forward to future works.
In a sentence - Humorous and well made, this cinematic should not be past over.
In closing - A highly-recommended download.
[Edited on 07/05/16 @ 05:55 AM]