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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.

OverviewOverview

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people, military and wealth of your domain. You have to make choices about complex issues without knowing all the consequences. You have to decide whether the people advising you are to be trusted. As you do, a string of intriguing story-threads emerges that will influence your strategy.

It’s a good first role-playing game because it boils things down to simple decisions while raising themes about the complexity of politics. There are a few games in the series, available on all the same platforms, that use this same mechanic but in a different setting or with a different monarch:
  • Reigns: Her Majesty extends the game to a new kingdom with power in a woman’s hands. New characters and a fresh story are a chance to consider patriarchy itself with additional pressures to balance like "being criticised for having too many wrinkles" or “gossiping too much.”
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones draws on the popular TV series and books for characters and plot. If you’re a fan of the series, this can be a good game to start with.
  • Reigns: Beyond: Takes the decision making into space. You don't have an empire, but must build one for your rock band.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/08/2016

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. A single round of Reigns may only last 10 minutes, but to complete the game and unravel the various aspects of the story you need to play it many times, and this can take several hours in total. To find all the extras and the complete achievements will add many hours to that.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

PEGI 7 with implied violence. ESRB: TEEN with violence and blood.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's tempting to see this as a game for the very young. Although youngsters can cope with the swiping mechanic, the weighing of these decisions and management of resources take some skill. Also, to get to grips with the different characters and the wider narrative requires some joined up thinking.

CostsCosts

Reigns usually costs £1.99 to £7.19. 

Reigns

Steam Store PC £1.99
App Store Mac £1.99
Android Store Android Free

Google Play Pass

Reigns: Game Of Thrones

Reigns: Game of Thrones

Steam Store PC £2.99
App Store Mac £2.99

Reigns: Her Majesty

Steam Store PC £2.09
App Store Mac £2.09

Reigns: Kings & Queens

Switch Store Switch £7.19
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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