Impulse Gamer was fortunate to preview this game early this year and
needless to say, we were quite impressed with the BETA. So what
exactly is Little King's Story? In its essence, it’s a combination of
many genres that include real-time strategy, role-playing and
adventure all bundled into one title plus a few elements of games
such as the Sims & Animal Crossing.
Built for Wii from the ground up.
Accessible Controls - Give commands
and control your townspeople to a wide variety of tasks with
People Power! – Have your
townspeople dig for treasures, build new buildings, and break
obstacles to access new areas all in the name of bettering your
Distinct and Lively Villagers -
Each NPC (Non-Playable Character) in your village is unique with
individual likes, dislikes, and evolving memory based on daily
Multiple Sub-quests - Any good king
puts the welfare of his subjects before himself, so help your
villagers by accepting some of their requests and unite the
surrounding rival kingdoms under your flag to become the best
king of the world
In relation to Animal Crossing, Little King's Story is quite
reminiscent of this title, however it’s far superior in terms of
gameplay, graphics and enjoyment. Apart from the engaging gameplay,
Little King's Story boasts quite an engaging storyline that involves
deceit, political twists, world domination and a touch of romance.
Your main goal in Little King's Story is to control a young king who
has been given the task of rejoining the kingdom of Alpoko together
who is under the “watchful” eye of his advisor, Howser Oreganostein.
As you explore this ruined land, you speak with its citizens, engage
on missions such as hunting down hideous monsters, search for gold
and micromanage your town and its citizens in order to bring wealth
and power to the land again.
Although you spend much of your time
exploring as the King, you have access to other units such as
farmers and soldiers etc, that will assist you in your missions. To
look for missions, the best place to
start is the Suggestions Box in the town square that offers the
player access to fan letters from the townsfolk, missions,
complaints and the like.
Thankfully, the game does not throw you into this giant world,
rather, it slowly opens up as you complete certain aspects of the
The real-time strategy or micromanagement aspect of Little King's
Story is quite well created and is not convoluted as a PC game
but rather suits the Wii perfectly. Although only a limited number
of buildings are available to you at the start that include farms
and barracks, as you progress, so do the buildings and units that
you can access. Each of your citizens have a variety of skills that
must be used to progress, such as using farmers to build or dig
holes. Of course, this requires money and money can only be done by
exploring or by battling creatures or the nefarious Onii.
Your citizens can swap their roles which is done by changing
their classes once they enter the relevant building. For example if
a farmer walks into the barracks, they are turned into a soldier. As
the game becomes more complex, so do the classes of your citizens
and you often need to balance your followers in the game to have a
good mixture. Followers are needed to complete certain missions in
the game and a good mix is always a good success.
Battles are quite fun as you can issue basic orders to your soldiers
and although there are some basic creatures in the title, there are
quite a few boss battles that does require some careful strategy and
is reminiscent of Pikmin as you attack your foes. Your king is vulnerable to attacks,
so he needs to protected and if he is injured, hopefully you can find a spring
that will heal you or you will need to return to your castle.
Missions are generally for making more money, however the crux of
the title is to conquer neighboring kingdoms and once you have
conquered a kingdom, their princess will join your harem in your
Apart from collecting princesses across the land, it’s great to see
your humble castle become something magnificent towards the end of
the game and looks quite Disney-esq.
The control system of Little King's Story is perfect on the Wii thanks to the innovative menu
system that can be played by gamers of all ages. Controlling your
King or your followers is quite simple and assists in the overall
enjoyment of the title. Menus also assist with the micromanagement
of your game that include how many people you have, wealth and
Apart from keeping an eye on your kingdom, you need to keep an eye
on your king who ages from lack of sleep and battles and in order to
rejuvenate, you must return to your castle in order to sleep and
save your game. My only gripe with this game is the lack of a save
anywhere feature and considering that some of your missions are
quite lengthy, this does make for some frustrating gaming.
Graphically, the title is like a
Saturday morning cartoon with a wondrous and bright colour palette
and some really cute looking characters. The cutscenes use this
great oil painting effect that looks quite surreal and melds well
with the in-game graphics. The gaming environment is similar to
Animal Crossing, however the attention to detail is more impressive
and it’s quite an interactive experience. It’s the little things in
the game that make it worth playing such as the celebrations in the
town or the various lighting effects that make this game true
The musical score suits the genre perfectly as best one can on the
Nintendo Wii and although there is no voice acting in the game, the
mumbles and squeaks of the characters goes hand in hand with the
story, gameplay and graphics. In other words, the sounds are very
Sims and Animal Crossing like.
conclusion, Little King’s Story is quite an original and innovative game on the
Nintendo Wii that can be played by gamers of all ages. The various
gaming genres included in this game do not feel forced or contrived
but rather work in conjunction and adds something unique to the
gaming industry. Just be warned though, this is one game that needs
quite a large amount of time in order for the player to reap the
rewards… besides, it’s fun collecting princesses!