Reigns: Dissecting The Game
Reigns is a game that combines the story patterns of a Choose Your Own Adventure book with the user interface of the popular dating app Tinder. The game which is simple enough, follows your reign over a kingdom, as you decide on actions that either make or break your reign as king, a position you must attempt to keep as long as possible.
As a player you will start off as a young king who sits on the throne as either a kindly or a wicked monarch in the modern times. As ruler you must tend to the needs and requests of the people and maintain the delicate balance of the four powers, i.e. the people (stick figure), the church (cross), the treasury (dollar sign) and the army (sword).
You will then be bombarded by requests from citizens, advisors, and even animals. These requests will require you to make a decision as a king and swipe either left for ‘No’ or right for ‘Yes’. You can also make more informed decisions by pulling the cards slightly to either the left or right side, to see the effect your ruling will have on your kingdom.
While you may choose to be a just and benevolent ruler, every decision you make will change the fate of your future reign. For example, while you may grant a request from a peasant to build a dam, this hasty move will later lead to the emptying of your treasury and the creation of an unhygienic swamp. Thus it is very important to weigh every decision very carefully.
As the game progresses, you will also be faced with a number of objectives, such as manoeuvring your way through or out of an attack, deciding whether to execute a group of peasants and choosing how to deal with a group of deranged nuns. There are 40 objectives to navigate your way through in Reigns, as well as 37 characters that you will have to unlock.
A series of wrong decisions from you will eventually lead to your demise and the ascension of your successor to the throne. You can then continue playing as a new king, however the linear quality of the timeline will remain and this means that decisions that were made by your predecessor will have an effect on your kingdom in future.
An engaging and fun offering from Devolver Digital, Reigns is definitely a game worth trying.
Picture courtesy – idigitaltimes.com
by techtalks @TechTalks October 3, 2016 5:45 AM UTC