Fans of casual role-playing games might remember a little indie gem from Hanako Games called Cute Knight. In the game, you had three years to guide a young orphan girl from the ages of 18 to 21 to decide what path her life would ultimately take. Would she become a hero and marry a handsome prince, or spend her days as a dumpy assistant cook getting bossed around in the kitchen? These were just two out of dozens of possible outcomes.

Hanako Games is working on a sequel called Cute Knight Kingdom that stays true to the original format while greatly expanding what you get to see and do.

Here’s what Georgina Bensley of Hanako Games had to say about the sequel to Cute Knight:

"As before, you play a girl from the age of 18 to the age of 21, as she tries to find out the truth about her past and decide upon her future. The biggest difference from the original game is that there’s now a much larger area to explore (the "kingdom" of the title). You can walk around, find multiple dungeons, travel to several different locations and meet a large cast of characters.

"Jobs are also a bit more active so that you don’t have to just sit and watch as your character succeeds or fails on her own, you can give her a nudge when it’s needed to improve her chance of success. Much of the game’s graphics are being done in hand-painted watercolors, for a unique storybook fantasy feel."

According to Hanako, the game is packed with secrets too – magic charms to discover, artifacts to build, recipes to cook, hidden characters, a mysterious origin, and dozens of endings to find.

Hanako Games told us that they expect the game to be done by the end of the year. In the meantime, check out the very first screenshots for the game here.