You might not remember Little King’s Story, a small but well received real time strategy game that made its home on Nintendo’s motion controlled Wii system. It didn’t quite sell as well as it may have deserved, but now its publishing house is set to bring its cutesy yet adult adventure to Steam for the first time, nearly 7 years since it first appeared.
You play as a young boy who discovers a hidden kingdom known as Alpoko and a magical crown imbued with immense power. With the aid of his strange new gift, he begins to reform and re-build the tiny kingdom into something bigger, bolder, grander. Though how that turns out is entirely up to you.
This HD port, developed by Marvelous, Inc. and based off the work of former studio Cing, brings across the original Wii release in its entirety with some added high definition polish. It does miss out on the Wii motion control options, but a keyboard/mouse is more than appropriate a replacement. Beyond that, it’s the same game that found a niche audience when it first released back in 2009. What appears to be a storybook, fairy tale style adventure actually has a little crude humour under its skin, a more adult appeal that might catch a few of you off-guard, but that’s part of its appeal.
Fans of the original will no doubt be happy to see the return of Little King’s Story, though the lack of new content might be a partial turn-off for those who may have played it through from start to finish at the first attempt. I doubt that though, given it’s been so long since we first saw it in action, it would be like visiting an old friend and reminiscing on old times. New players, of course, should get a kick out of the strange mix of adultish humour and cuteness overload, with a healthy RTS dose in-between.
Little King’s Story launches on Steam on August 6th.
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson