The original Reigns was very easily among my favourite games of 2016, thanks to how the whole playing experience seamlessly integrated thanks to what a masterpiece of work the game design was.
By means of binary options, which got triggered by your swiping either right or left -like a Tinder profile browsing experience – players got invited to rule their kingdoms and try to balance the various competing powers of the land, the church, people, military, and treasury.
With very few exceptions, every decision you made resulted in your enjoying increased favour with at least one of these factions, although your popularity decreased with others simultaneously.
The trick was relying on your intuition in order to figure out which decision would be best, keeping everything in check, at any given point.
Innovative Options in Terms of Gameplay Decisions
For example, you may find a doctor who can heal your subjects, and making use of his services will increase your favour with the people, but decrease your standing with the church, thanks to the fact that they frown on the medical sciences.
The rest of the game unfolds in a similar fashion until you inevitably meet your demise in any of a number of amusing ways, at which point everything begins again. You are cursed, doomed to reappear as a new king until you find a way to break the hex, anyway.
Absolutely Anyone Can Play the Game
In the same way that everybody can take part in the soccer betting NZ and the rest of the world has to offer these days, because it is so easy to do, the gameplay for the Reigns games is so simple anybody at all can enjoy it.
Newbies will have a good time making their royal decisions, and hardcore games will be able to enjoy the surprising level of depth in the game and the rather rigorous requirements in order to reach the real ending.
Reigns: Her Majesty is a Remix
Reigns: Her Majesty is an evolution of the original game. As the title indicates, this time you will be playing the queen, who will sometimes be required to deal with a rather cretinous king, and this adds a few new dynamics to play, like love interests.
There is also an item system which is able to add an interesting aspect to the mix, as you will be charged with slowly acquiring various things, which can then be used on certain cards.
This provides for a third option for players, and you are no longer limited to simply swiping left or right.
Be careful not to simply fling your items at everyone though, since your reign will rapidly come to an end as your kingdom, rightfully, assumes you’ve gone mad!
All in all, this is an excellent game for everyone to enjoy, and takes everything good about the first game and improves upon it.
While by no means a simple repackaging of the original, it retains enough of the concept of the first game for those who enjoyed it not to flounder, but adds enough new aspects to ensure that no one feels cheated.