Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. There are plenty of levels to explore, and though the story is not as intriguing as My Life as a King, the tower defense structure is much more replay-friendly.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. With a perfect user interface, good graphics and a compelling soundtrack, the game has worked tirelessly to provide the best possible players to the proposal interesting and innovative strategy RPG that provides a reason for being.
  5. This is a good game but not a great one which consistently trips over its design such as the overall difficulty and enemy units which attack you just leave much to be desired because they are very generic and lack any sort of personality that your monsters and floors do. It seems like the enemy units were just slapped together based on older Final Fantasy games. Buy it only if you have points to spare.
  6. 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.
  7. 81
    The limitations of WiiWare are apparent, but Square Enix has delivered one of the most polished titles on the platform. This is an intricate strategy game chock full of different monsters, traps, and items to use in your battle plan.
  8. 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.
  9. Better than My Life As A King but the bad guys still aren't having that much fun with their tower defence.
  10. One word sums up the gameplay in the latest Final Fantasy spin-off for WiiWare - deep. There’s absolutely no way you’ll be disappointed with the sheer number of things to consider throughout the game.
  11. A great tower defence strategy game that'll certainly get the grey matter going. [Oct 2009, p.86]
  12. Perhaps Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord isn’t so much uninspired, though, as it is misleading.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KazzandraP
    Jan 16, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  2. justin
    Nov 26, 2009
    A great game I just wish you could choose the gender of the main character (Mira)
  3. ThaaronS
    Oct 27, 2009
    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. Full Review »