After their massive success with the original Reigns game and with several awards to the name, developers Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital came back at it again with a sort-of sequel to their infamous swipe-simulator. Now I say ‘sort-of’ because there isn’t a link between the storyline of the two games. Alongside popular indie games such as Broforce, Serious Sam, and The Talos Principal, you’d never think that such a simple game like Reigns would be so good. Tell that to the last two weeks of my life trying to figure out how to achieve the true ending.
If you haven’t played Reigns before, its literally a game that pokes fun at dating apps as you swipe left or right through cards with choices that come with real in-game consequences AKA death to the king, and then continue through the dynasties as a new king with more choices and cards as the game progresses. It may come as a surprise to you that a game like this has any actual depth, but it really does. There’s a storyline, multiple endings and quite a bit of problem-solving. Oh, and a lot of balancing of the four ‘pillars’: the church, the people, the military, and wealth. One going too high or too low causes the demise of the king. The same applies to Reigns: Her Majesty.
In Reigns: Her Majesty, rather than playing as the king you play a queen of the ‘West’ who off the bat is married to a king of a foreign land (I forget whether he’s from the North or East or maybe even Centre?) and rather than a simple linear timeline each queen is born into a different horoscope ‘age’ which can heavily effect the choices you make depending on what horoscope you are currently on. And unlike the original Reigns, there are items that will be given to you throughout your swiping journey, rather than status-effects, that can help you throughout the game. One of those items can literally save your life but of course, I won’t mention which one that is.
Reigns: Her Majesty is as addictive as ever, especially when I discovered that there was a ‘true ending’ after quite quickly going through my first run to only get the regular ending. Going through the motions is easy enough, but figuring out how to upgrade all your items in order to trigger the true ending is a mission and I enjoyed every frustrating death to get them. Though the one downside to the game, really, is that the endings aren’t as satisfying as they were in the original Reigns. However, just playing through the game alone to discover all the hilarious cards (which get added with some updates, I’ve discovered!) is enough for me to go through the game again every few months especially knowing that I’ll forget the necessary steps to win the game in a week. Replay-ability is very important nowadays, I think.
Now I’m off to play the original Reigns again. There was definitely an update on that recently and I haven’t played that in a very long time, I’m looking forward to the new cards I may or may not discover.
Reigns: Her Majesty was released 7th December 2017 and is available on App Store and Google Play for RM12.90 and RM12.99 respectively and on Steam for RM8. The writer bought the game on her own.