Reigns (Series)

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Author: Andy Robertson.

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. 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.

DetailsDetails

Release Date: August 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS.

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game.
 
Players: This is a single player 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.

CostsCosts

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

This game is free on Android, including any in-game purchases and without adverts, on Google Play Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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Similar Games

The following games are like Reigns. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Reigns for younger age ratings.

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