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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Step into the deadly-yet-fashionable shoes of the Darklord, a malevolent miss charged with dispatching intruding do-gooders by strategically placing traps and monsters within the tower she calls home. Players will need to get their hands on increasingly diabolical traps and abominable monsters to stop those pesky adventurers from making it to the Dark Crystal at the top of the tower. Be warned, though - with heroes of all the tribes and jobs from the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series storming the Darklordâ??s lair in real time, traps and minions will count for nothing unless deployed with true evil genius. Anything less and the Darklordâ??s beloved home will be reduced to rubble. [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. A great tower defence strategy game that'll certainly get the grey matter going. [Oct 2009, p.86]
  2. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord is, like the other two games with the name of the franchise from Square Enix RPG for WiiWare, one of the best deals of the virtual platform for original games for the Wii. With a perfect interface, excellent graphics and a attractive soundtrack, the game has worked tirelessly to bring, of the best possible form, to players its interesting and innovative proposal of strategy RPG that is its reason for being. The linearity of gameplay can be considered a problem to the game, because, with it, you lose the charm of the open world of My Life as a King. Still, My Life as a Darklord is extremely addictive, and can leave a taste of "want more" - that probably will be satisfied by Square Enix and its policy of launching countless DLCs.
  3. With a completely traditional control system (Wiimote is held in horizontal), Square Enix offer us an interesting proposal within the ever-popular tower defense subgenre thanks to My Life as a Dark Lord.
  4. Square Enix has done a good job with its latest WiiWare development, with My Life as a Darklord being one of the greatest Tower Defense games that we've seen this year. With its stunning graphics and funny sense of humour, it's a good choice if you're looking for something cheap, interesting and pretty long for its gameplay style.
  5. Difficulty issues aside, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord provides Wii owners with one of the best strategy games on the system.
  6. There is depth here, especially for patient or committed fans, but the mercenary way that the game dangles this potentially richer gameplay as bait for overpriced DLC purchases sticks in the throat.
  7. What felt greedy before is on yet more dubious ground here - the feeling of tactical scope missing from the singleplayer campaign is largely due to Square Enix cutting out the goods to sell at a later date. [Oct 2009, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. justin
    Nov 26, 2009
    10
    A great game I just wish you could choose the gender of the main character (Mira)
  2. KazzandraP
    Jan 16, 2010
    7
    I love the game itself, but I refuse to pony up so much money for any game. I am very offended by Square Enix (The Dark Lords themselves) deciding to use pay content "Expansion" options, things that would traditionally be unlocked within a game. Although I must admit, it ties into the concept of the game nicely. Expand
  3. ThaaronS
    Oct 27, 2009
    5
    Decent game but pretty frustrating to find out how little you get without buying tons of extras. The game is 1,000 points ($10) but there is 5700 points worth of extras ($57). These aren't cosmetics or fun add ons. They are real game play items that have a huge impact in the playability of the game. For 1,000 points you are getting a game that has been stripped down as far as they possible could while still keeping it playable. Expect no variety or advanced strategy to be there unless you pony up for a lot of the extras. Expand

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