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Reigns (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 3 weeks 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. 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

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 11/08/2016

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @DevolverDigital

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

Reigns usually costs £3.59 to £7.19.
 

Reigns: Game Of Thrones

Switch £3.59

Reigns: Kings & Queens

Switch £7.19

Reigns

 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Reigns Accessibilty Review details 21 accessibility features:

Difficulty

Cognitive Pressure: Reaction-Time Not Critical
Cognitive Pressure: Low Pressure

Reading

Reading Level: Moderate Reading
Text Visibility: High Contrast Text
Subtitles: Any spoken content has subtitles

Navigation

Clarity: Large Clear Navigation

Controls

Gamepad: Multiple Buttons & Single Stick
Mouse And Keyboard: Keyboard Alone
Mouse And Keyboard: Mouse Alone
Touchscreen: One Motion Targeted
Button Combinations: Holding Down Buttons Optional
Button Combinations: Rapid Pressing Optional
Button Combinations: No Simultaneous Buttons

Image

Visibility: Bright Colourful Palette
Visibility: Large Game Elements
Visual Distractions: No Flashes
Visual Distractions: No Screen Shake
Visual Distractions: No Busy Backgrounds
Colour Options: Colourblind friendly

Audio

Adjustable Audio: Balance Audio Levels
Play Without Hearing: Play Without Hearing


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