|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Cing Inc. / Town Factory||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Marvelous Entertainment / Xseed Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 21, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The citizens in your entourage will react differently to the different objects and creatures they run into, depending on their job class. For example, farmers will dig into holes they find to uncover treasure; grunts will battle any enemies in their in their immediate vicinity; and miners will break large rocks down to size with ease. There are a broad range of different foes, rival kings, and boss battles to tackle through creatively orchestrated combat. Little King's Story features some wildly creative and very challenging boss encounters. Additionally, numerous other physical obstacles to puzzle through crop up with regularity. Beyond battling and building, there are other activities to engage in. You'll save numerous princesses whom you can court, take on smaller side tasks for money or expansion purposes, scour the land for special items to collect, and find other things to occupy your time.
There are a total of 14 different job classes in the game that are unlocked over time as new land comes under your control and special buildings are constructed. Early classes are free, but more powerful jobs cost money. Followers who die will sometimes wash up on the shore to battle again. Other times they won't be revived and must be replaced. It's a solid system that's appropriately complex and enjoyable to play around with.
The unexpectedly deep and enthralling gameplay is wrapped in a superb presentation that's bursting with colorful design and audio effects that add personality to the characters. Each animated story scene has an impressive hand-scrawled look that enhances the fairytale vibe of the adventure. The soundtrack is a perfectly fitting mash-up of well-known classical songs that lend some humor to the mix - an element that's applied liberally throughout the game.
It's difficult to resist the urge to pour hours and hours into Little King's Story without stopping. This lengthy, challenge, and utterly adorable title has great potential to bridge the gap between different audiences on the Wii. It's easily one of the best games on the system so far this year and one you absolutely won't want to miss.
CCC Staff Contributor