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Game Reviewed: Little King's Story
Publisher: Marvelous Entertainment/Xseed Games
Developer: Cing Inc./Town Factory
Reviewer: Cecil
Platform: Wii
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

As a little boy, you stumble through the woods and onto a magical crown. Placing the crown upon your head, you become the King, complete with an entourage of specialists – Howser, the Bull Knight, Liam, the treasurer and tutor, and Verde, your ever-busy records keeper. With their wisdom and aid, face off against Unidentified Mysterious Animals (UMA), peculiar kings of other kingdoms, and the ever present assortment of Onii.

With a little money and a little guidance, the King can quickly grow his kingdom, revealing more and more of the world at large and making it his own. Take your citizens from “Carefree” to hard working by building schools for farming, mining, soldiering and more. With each new skill comes new adventures and new places to explore, not to mention finding more UMA.

As you develop your kingdom, it becomes apparent that there is more to meet the eye than just telling people what to do and traveling to the far corners of the map for the glory of quests. You learn that the world is being shaken apart and if you do not act wisely, the world may just fly into pieces. Make the right choices and learn the fate of your kingdom, the world, and maybe even the world that was.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

Cartoon violence is prevalent. As King, it is your duty and prerogative to send your “Royal Guard”, the cream of the crop citizens, into battle. This can result in your loyal subjects being lit on fire, frozen into snowmen, poisoned, squashed or even killed. Death of the members of your guard results in the immediate disappearance of that citizen and a message mentioning “Andre has kicked the bucket” or in similar jargon. Death of the enemy merely results in the creature falling over and turning into a poof of dust or such.

If you, the King, take too many hits yourself, the game may end, complete with an overhead view of the funeral attended by your royal court and assorted citizens.

Language

Innuendos are scattered throughout, along with a few puns. However, no straightforward language can be heard.

Sexual Content

No sexuality. However, it should be noted that every time a king is defeated, you take his wife, daughter, or sister as your wife. By the end of the game, you will have been married seven times, retaining each wife as a “princess” that resides in an annex to the castle. There are also infrequently spoken sexual innuendos throughout.

Spiritual Content

There is no major religious content other than the minister – “Kampell of the Sect of Soup.” There is also a wizard and references to magic.

In terms of moral perspectives, the game does reference alcohol (e.g.: the boss Duvroc is a drunk), smoking (some of the villagers might be glimpsed smoking a pipe though you almost have to look for this), and a few other crude moments (e.g.: after defeating one particular boss, you find him on a toilet).

Misc.

LKS is chocked full of interesting tidbits, from philosophical questions to aliens and cultural references (such as Campbell’s soup and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

This game does require a Nunchuk and dedication (as of this review I logged 35 plus hours of gameplay with only 85% completion due to the variety of quests and challenges available, though not necessary to complete the game.)

Reviewer's Thoughts

For players who find excitement and challenge in RPG/Strategy games, LKS will clearly satisfy. I found the game to be thoroughly engaging as well as challenging and at times adequately humorous. The increasing number and difficulty of quests and challenges offers plenty of opportunity to increase skill as well as increase the kingdom. LKS also lends to a never-boring storyline, complete with an unexpected ending.

However, plan to invest time – hours and hours – to play through this game. Each kingdom to conquer brings its own flavor of puzzles and challenges, not to mention each Princess offers yet another set of quests (compiled in a book designated by individual Princesses) as well as occasional surprise interactions from strange characters.

There is no shortage of things to do, from collecting taxes to defeating a myriad of UMA, to finding lost art or buried treasure and special objects. And despite the misleading premise that you are a “child-king,” there are more than enough interesting points to make it fun for adults and teens alike.

That fact that LKS does have some minor annoyances threaded throughout, (such as targeting issues and annoying soundtracks or repetitive music,) the overall concept and gameplay far exceed its flaws. Anyone who enjoys the likes of games such as Kingdom Hearts or Harvest Moon should easily find a place for this game in their collection.



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