You're an orphan of unknown past, just turned 18, which means the orphanage throws you out to make your own way in the world. Conveniently, nearby is a town full of job opportunities, skill-training classes, a dungeon packed with monsters and treasure, and a mysteriously-missing princess.
You have three years to make something of yourself before receiving an ending based on the skills you've built up and the actions you've taken.
There's an Updated Re-release called Cute Knight Deluxe, with new items, more secrets, "A revamped Wizard's Challenge", and better art.
Demos are available for both versions, with original's demo only available on its itch.io page, as "Original Edition - Windows Demo", and the Deluxe demos are available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux.
This game provides examples of:
- Ambadassador: The "Royal Knight" ending consists of becoming a member of the Praetorian Guard, dying of boredom, and asking for something to do, which results in this.
- Art Evolution: The Deluxe version includes a complete revamp of the Monster and Ending pics with a much improved art style. For comparison, the old◊ artwork for the "Slacker" ending vs. the new◊ one. Not all of the other pictures got this treatment, however, leading to Art Shifts.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The "Best" ending is made of this. Not only does the Protagonist have to kill enough monsters to get a high sin rating, then redeem herself and convince the princess to do so as well, she also has to win either the Magic or Combat Tournament. This all results in Prince Kirelan stepping down and letting the Protagonist, The Ace that she is, take the throne.
- Battle Couple: If the PC is good at fighting, has high XP, and works a lot as a bouncer, she will eventually marry the Weapons instructor, Shane, becoming a "Warrior Wife". The two are said to go adventuring together when they're not teaching students how to fight.
- Babies Ever After: Many of the endings that involve a wedding make mention of the protagonist's children.
- Black Knight: Subverted. The Black Knight is not particularly sinister, and is simply a royal guard and jousting champion. Beating him nets you the Royal Guard ending and his role as the Jousting Champion and aforementioned Royal Guard.
- BrotherSister Incest: Zig-zagged like crazy. Two of the possible endings for the PC are to either marry Prince Kirelan or take her royal position as his sister, Princess Alexandra. But it turns out she's not really Alexandra, she's just faking. But then it turns out that she is a princess by blood after all, she's Alexandra's older sister. But then you learn that it's okay and she can still marry him, because Kirelan's adopted!
- Canon Name: Although the main character's name is customisable, she is officially named "Michiko". This leads to a Continuity Nod in the sequel.
- Celibate Heroine: Several of the endings have the PC vow to never marry, such as the "Slacker", "Druid," and "Nun" endings.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Losing a battle generally just kicks you out of the dungeon.
- Distinguishing Mark: The PC has a heart-shaped birthmark just like the missing Princess Alexandra. This is a clue that she's actually a member of the royal family and is the true heir to the throne.
- Downer Ending: Most of the endings usually have the PC be somewhat content with what she gets in life, even if she's not always completely satisfied, but there are some exceptions:
- The "Oops" ending, where you die after a failed experiment you did with the Crafting instructor. It's a downer, but a funny one.
- If the PC fails to achieve anything, and is sinful at that, she will end up as a miserable beggar.
- The Dragonslayer: One of the endings has this exact name, earned through heroic deeds and ultimately by defeating the evil dragon.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: A few of the endings have the PC becoming a princess, one way or another.
- Family Theme Naming: The magic instructor is named Orchid. Her daughter's name is Rose.
- Happily Adopted: If the PC agrees to become "sisters" with Rose, the Magic Instructor's daughter, the instructor will eventually offer to adopt the PC as her daughter and they live happily as a family.
- Happily Ever After: The goal of the game, and there's a startling variety of ways to achieve it! (Many of them subvert the standard trope by not involving a wedding at all.)
- Item Crafting: Some of the best equipment can only be made, not bought.
- Just Add Water: This is what happens when the game only allows 2 ingredients to forge an item. The crafting system in this game can be summed up as: Random ingredient 1 + Random ingredient 2 = New equipment.
- Lazy Bum: One of the special endings, "The Slacker," can be achieved by having the PC do nothing but sleep for a few days straight.
- Loan Shark: Having a lot of money, charisma, and mathematics skill leads to the PC becoming a banker. If her Sin level is also high in addition to the aforementioned skills, the ending page mentions that she is a vicious loan shark.
- Magic Knight: The "Hero" ending requires the PC to master the weapon, fighting and magic skills.
- The Oldest Profession: The PC can actually engage in this. If she's working in the tavern or dancing in the square for money, a young man can approach her and offer to pay her for a good time, which she can accept.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: The PC has one, although it doesn't necessarily have an impact on her ending.
- Outlaw Couple: In the Deluxe edition, the "Queen of Thieves" ending is given an expansion in which the PC can end up together with Jareth, the thief who introduced the PC to a life of crime in the first place, and the two will make legend as the King and Queen of Thieves.
- Professional Slacker/The Slacker: If the protagonist does nothing but sleep everyday, she will get the "Slacker" ending, in which she gains money by pretending to meditate while actually being asleep.
- The Professor: If the PC spends most of her three years attending the college classes, she will decide to pursue her life in the academic field and works as one of the University's teachers.
- Rags to Royalty: In three of the endings, the PC either takes the place of the missing princess or marries the prince or learns about her true origin as the eldest daughter of the King.
- Rebellious Princess: The TRUE Princess Alexandra, whom the PC may encounter in the slums, had run away from home and done a lot of "sinful" deeds, the result being that she was stuck in the slums and forced to live her life picking through trash. The PC can help her go home again.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: The "Partners" ending has the PC form an Adventure Duo with Lisa the Librarian, and the two girls are said to never marry, because they prefer each other's company to a man's.
- Prince and Pauper: The player quickly finds out that the princess of the kingdom has mysteriously disappeared. Turns out, the PC looks suspiciously like said princess. However, the PC is not the missing princess - at least, not that missing princess!
- Shout-Out: The "Partners" ending is a gleeful and affectionate riff on Xena: Warrior Princess, right down to a direct quote from the opening sequence. The protagonist even gets a leather skirt and a devoted, literary girlfriend... Lisa the Librarian!
- Socialite: One of the endings for the charming PC.
- Switched at Birth: Played with, and only revealed in one of the endings. Prince Kirelan was swapped with the royal family's oldest child at birth, but it wasn't mutual. The excess baby was not given to the other family, but instead dumped in an orphanage - becoming the PC. The king and queen know the truth, but rather than spring an extra daughter on the kingdom which apparently never knew she existed, they instead have Kirelan marry the PC. This is the 'true' ending of the game.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you commit enough "sinful" acts, the magical barrier designed to keep monsters in the dungeon will affect you as well! Discovering this is required to advance some plotlines.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The PC has pink hair, just like the missing princess. Prince Kirelan has blue hair, as does the doctor in the slums.