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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord is a tower defense video game developed and published by Square Enix for the Wii and distributed through the WiiWare download service for 1000 Wii Points. It is the most recently announced game in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series.


As the title suggests, My Life as a Darklord is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King. The protagonist, Mira, is the daughter of the Darklord, the antagonist of the previous game. She lives in a tower that she must defend from marauding adventurers by populating it with monsters and traps.[1] You progress through the game by surviving hordes of enemies that are on adventures trying to destroy the crystal at the top of your tower.

Downloadable content[]

There is an option to download many different elements in this game such as new monsters, items, tower floors, levels and outfits. All downloads take a small amount of Wii Points to download but add to the overall game play.


My Life as a Darklord was revealed at the 2009 Game Developers Conference alongside fellow WiiWare title Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.[1]


My Life as a Darklord has received generally positive reviews. IGN awarded it an 8.1 out of 10, calling it "an amusing strategy game and a standout title on WiiWare", praising the gameplay and presentation whilst saying that "The limitations of WiiWare are apparent"[2]. Eurogamer gave the game a 7 out of 10, praising the depth of the gameplay but complaining that without purchasing any of the downloadable content the player has "little room to really dig deep into the tempting tactical depths that the concept so clearly offers".[3] The game currently has a rating of 71.78% on GameRankings. [4]


Japan Released in Japan as Hikari to Yami no Himegimi to Sekaiseifuku no Tō: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (光と闇の姫君と世界征服の塔 ファイナルファンタジー・クリスタルクロニクル Hikari to Yami no Himegimi to Sekaiseifuku no Tō: Fainaru Fantajī Kurisutaru Kuronikuru?, lit. "The Princess of Light and Darkness and the Tower of World Conquest: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles")


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