Tiny horse? Check. Tiny bow and arrow? Check. Tiny suit of armor? Check! It looks like you're all set to take on the latest adorable strategic management tiny heroes simulation from Kurechii Studio, The King's League. Lacking any heir and getting tired of his king-type duties, the tiny King (sorry, they're just soooo cute!) has decided that whoever can best him in a tournament will be the next ruler of the realm. You'll need to recruit and train heroes from across the land, capturing territory and completing quests to fund them, if you want to work your way up through the ranks to become the next king. Is this seriously how royalty works? Because I'm pretty sure I can take Kate Middleton.
The gameplay, controlled entirely by clicking on the different icons as the tutorial explains, works thus; each season, you'll participate in a series of matches, trying to work your way up to the champion's place to be able to challenge the King. A timer on the map screen counts down the remaining days to a match, and you can use that time to recruit new soldiers from nearby areas, train your existing warriors, complete quests for fame and cash, or capture territory to earn a monthly income to help pay your troops. You start off with just a single fighter, but you'll be able to unlock more types (and even get a chance to recruit powerful heroes) as you play. Just remember; your soldiers need to be paid and fed each month, so keep an eye on your funds and take quests whenever possible. Battles are automatic, and all you can do is sit back, cross your fingers, and hope you've trained your fighters enough that they squeak out a victory. If you succeed at a ranked battle, you'll move up a place in the rankings, but if you fail you'll lose fame. Don't worry if you lose or if you miss out on a chance to challenge the King entirely; between seasons you can use your downtime to focus on training, harvesting cash, capturing helpless kingdoms, and so forth.
There's no denying that this is a beautiful little game; from its adorable characters to its clean design and soft colour palette, it looks and feels extremely professional. (And adorable.) It's easy to get sucked into since it proceeds so quickly, and the gameplay is easy to get the hang of. The downside is that after a certain point the game starts to feel fairly repetitive, and you'll probably run out of things to do before you win the crown. The King's League can be a lot of fun if what you want is some simple, easy fantasy action wrapped up in one cuuuuute package, but players who prefer more in-depth experiences may be slightly put-off by the lack of ability to really get their fingers dirty in battle. If you're not looking for a lot of challenge, however, The King's League is a fun, easy to like game that can easily eat up the better part of an hour if you let it.