It’s great that this far into the Switch’s lifespan there are enough RPGs that even genre fans don’t necessarily have to be upset that every title coming in the space isn’t something they’d dig. Sure, there are people who prefer Action versus Tactical versus full-blown traditional… but it’s great when you see something a little off the beaten path every once in a while. I see that being the case for The Cruel King and the Great Hero, as to my mind it is an RPG for the sake of game mechanics, but its real goal is to tell a truly touching story and suck people in with its signature art style. No matter what I’ll say that in the early stages getting things moving is particularly slow, and even a bit painful, but once it picks up steam it’s at least not too bad… though you will probably tire of the random encounters and combat that is absolutely quite bland no matter how adorable many of your foes may be in some fashion. It’s a case of story and style over substance if you’re a real genre stalwart, but if you don’t mind things being dumbed down quite a bit there’s still a compelling story and some fabulous storybook-style art to be enjoyed.
Justin Nation, Score: