Princess With A Cursed Sword (Playthrough 1)
It may be surprising, that as someone who writes as much as I do, and as someone who has written a lot of writing prompts before, I'm not generally into journaling games. I tend to have more ideas than I can put to paper as it is, and games that lean heavy into prompting creativity can actually seem a bit boring to me. Give me a mindless, die-rolling dungeon crawler any day (for better or worse) and that'll get my blood pumping!
What grabbed me about Princess with a Cursed Sword though is that the game has certain mechanics to it which make it intriguing. On my first playthrough, I took one liberty (using the Tarot deck to determine my answers to the first four questions) and I feel like that really helped point me in the right direction. It gave the game a seeming randomness, but also an opportunity for the Tarot cards to really shine.
Now, I've been reading Tarot cards (and have used them for guidance) for my whole life. Tarot card divination practice actually goes back in my family at least four generations (maybe further, I don't know) but using them to play a game is a totally new concept for me. I found it refreshing, and unsurprisingly, actually a little illuminating as well. As you progress through the game, the cards become prompts, and the prompts guide you to explore "the ruins" that are central to the story you will build while playing this game. Who is this princess? What is the curse of the sword? Only you can decide that, but the cards are there to inspire you to find the story inside yourself.
My first playthrough (I'm sure there will be others in the future) follows below.