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My Life as a King takes place after the GameCube's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and it is the third game in the Chronicles series. Whereas in that game the player fought to rid the world of the deadly miasma covering it, in this game a land previously lost to the miasma is recovered and ripe for rebuilding. Your purpose is to rebuild a prosperous kingdom with the magic power of architek, and along the way find out what happened to the previous king: your father.

Rather than controlling an adventurer or group of adventurers as in most Final Fantasy games, in My Life as a King you only have indirect control over such people. As king you can hire people to become adventurers, who can then choose to go on behests. Behests are essentially missions with bounties. Every day some of the adventurers will gather around the behest boards and wait for the king to tell them if they should attempt it or not. These missions will bring in the necessary resources of money and elementite, as well as knowledge of new lands and types of buildings.

To build the town, the king uses his power of architek and a limited amount of elementite to create buildings. Some will house people, and can be used to supply adventurers and money through tithes. Others will be shops adventurers will make purchases from, and at which the king can fund development of new products. Some will be schools to teach magic or skills the adventurers can learn from; also at which the king can fund new developments. Non-adventurer shops will keep the citizenry happy.

Game action is split into days. At the beginning of each day you can read logs of what the adventurers did the previous day, down to specifics of what happened in each turn of the off-screen battles they had if you wish. You then set behests, after which you are free to walk around the kingdom for the rest of the day and take pertinent actions such as creating buildings, funding research, approving adventurers for behests, or simply talking to the townspeople to keep up morale.


Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King Wii Visiting the peasantry.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King Wii Darryl wants to serve.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King Wii Talking to your underlings will fill them with pride and stat bonuses.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King Wii A nice park

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Alternate Titles

  • "小さな王様と約束の国 ファイナルファンタジー・クリスタルクロニクル" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "MLaaK" -- abbreviation
  • "Chiisana Ōsama to Yakusoku no Kuni: Fainaru Fantajī Kurisutaru Kuronikuru" -- Japanese Title

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WiiWare World May 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90
1UP May 12, 2008 B+ 83
Cheat Code Central May, 2008 4.1 out of 5 82
RPG Site Jul 24, 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN May 14, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
The Game Hoard Mar 26, 2018 5 out of 7 71 May 21, 2008 14 out of 20 70 May 28, 2008 13 out of 20 65 May 23, 2008 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot May 15, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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Joshua J. Slone (4666) added Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King (Wii) on May 18, 2008