The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a very story-heavy game. After all, it even lets you skip through levels so you can keep seeing what happens with the wolf, also known as the Liar Princess, and the Prince. It works really well for it, and a big part is because this showcases a realistic relationship. Which might sound odd to say, considering it involves a human prince and a man-eating wolf. Yet the progression here is so authentic as it looks at how two very different people become comfortable together and grow closer.
Things start out rough between the wolf and the prince. Initially, she is going to use her singing to lure him in so she can eat him. Meanwhile, he is earnestly cheering for an unknown singer. She learns to appreciate someone who actually likes her song, and strikes out in genuine fear of being revealed as a monster when the prince can no longer bear his curiosity and has to see who is singing. Their relationship begins with her having blinded the prince and hurt him so badly that his father locked him up. She then trades her voice to a witch for a human form, so she can make amends. Things begin with pain and a lie.
For the prince, everything between him and the liar princess seems fine. When she comes to see what happened to him, then rescue him, she claims she is from a neighboring kingdom. As far as he knows, she is another human that he has heard singing for weeks. He is open with her, accepts herself and trusts her to be his eyes in the dangerous forest. Out of a sense of dedication and desire to make amends, she does all she can.
It seems like it might be enough, for a time. The wolf thinks that getting to hold his hand on this journey and learning about flowers and human habits like actually cooking food is enough. They get to have these moments where they grow closer through surviving. They ride on turtles’ backs together. He tells her stories and teaches her about flowers. Eventually, he even trusts her enough to carry objects or go to places without her when she asks. We see the two of them rely more on each other to do things. Even though he might seem useless, the prince can do things that the wolf can’t do in either form.
But as they spend more time around other monsters, the wolf’s anxiety comes through as it would in a real relationship. Would he still want to be with her if he know what she really was? What happens after the forest? Is she capable of being in a relationship? What if things don’t last? All of these are questions that come up at any time in real life, and this helps The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince feel true. It may be a fairytale, but it doesn’t shy away from depicting authentic concerns.
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This comes to a head toward the end of The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. There reaches a point where the wolf can’t hide behind the liar princess facade anymore. She has to reveal herself. In so doing, the prince recoils in shock and horror. The person he has come to trust the most is the same person who put him in this predicament. He lets go of her hand. The forest is on fire. While all the other monsters are fleeing, the wolf is running into danger to find the prince. Everything she has feared is coming true. But, in so doing, the prince realized the wolf ran into the thing she feared the most to come to him.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince shows that things might not be perfect. Each person will have their limitations. They might even feel like they are useless. Yet, each person has things that make them valuable. Even if people hurt one another, they can still work through it. The wolf and the prince do. They grow over the course of the journey. There is forgiveness here. When possible barriers appear, they overcome them and find a way to have things work for them. In the end, they still get to be together and accept each other for who they are.