Long Live the Queen is an RPG visual novel developed by Hanako Games and pulished for the Nintendo Switch by Ratalaika Games. This isn’t a game in your usual sense and is instead, an interactive story in which you follow a young princess on her journey to become the Queen. After the death of her mother, the former Queen, Princess Elodie returns to the country of Nova in preparation to take over. However, during her many studies to improve her knowledge and skills, outside forces are conspiring against her Elodie must fend off invasions, assassins, schemes, and civil war in order to survive long enough to be crowned Queen.
Long Live the Queen is more like a visual novel than a game, but it does have gaming elements and is a mix of RPG, simulation, and strategy genres. Basically, the choices that you make will affect the story, and there are a ton of choices you need to make. The gameplay consists of choosing which classes you take and what kind of activities you partake in after your classes. These choices will affect your mood as well as your skill level. Part of the challenge here is to choose the right classes to affect certain low-level moods
Mood and skills will affect the type of Queen you will be and choosing the wrong ones or not learning enough skills can make your experience short-lived. Meaning that making the wrong type of decision will get Elodie killed, whether it be by her own accord or by others. Death is a major part of the game and is usually hard to avoid, especially with your first few playthroughs when you don’t really know what to do.
Long Live the Queen isn’t going to be for everyone. In fact, there’s probably a very small niche of players that will actually enjoy this. For starters, not everyone likes to read and there’s a whole ton of reading in this game. Secondly, the game can be a bit monotonous since there’s a gameplay loop you basically need to complete which is mainly choosing classes, reading some text, picking an activity, reading some more text, etc, etc. What you will like though is that there seem to be multiple endings and you have the ability to save your progress so you won’t have to start over each and every time you die.
Other than that, it’s a pretty enjoyable story that’s very deep and very well written.
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