Long Live the Queen is, fundamentally, a visual novel of sorts. Now straight away this should tell you that this won’t be to everyone’s liking, but that same collection of people are missing out on some fantastic games like 999, and now, this.
You play as Elodie in the run up to her coronation where she will be crowned ruler of Novan, of course it’s not quite as simple as that though, each week you will have to select the way Elodie will be educated – which will in turn, affect how the story plays out. For example, a civil war may start, if you are skilled in battlefield strategy you can win that way, or maybe you took classes in speech and talk your way out of it.
Part of these decisions are made in full by the player, and the other half are simply ‘skill checks’ which will alter the story without player interaction.
A simple comparison for those that are unfamiliar with these games would be the dialogue choices in mass effect, where you have a renegade and paragon option – except instead of 2 possible choices, there are about 30, and they happen in just about every event.
But of course, again, is not quite as simple as just selecting her education, her mood will factor in to decisions and learning as well, if Elodie’s mood is afraid she may not excel as well at topics like Military and Weapons, however if her mood is angry then she will learn at an accelerated rate. Similarly, trying to wage war when depressed and afraid may lead to unforseen consequences…
There are a ton of endings, some of which involve funny pictures like the above, others get a more lengthy epilogue. I believe I am on my 6th playthrough now, and only gotten the same ending once because of my own stupidity (damn those chocolates.).
Oh. and there are costumes too, in case Elodie wasn’t adorable enough as is.
Underneath its cute exterior lies a surprisingly deep and genuinely interesting game, your first few playthroughs will almost certainly lead you to death, but the game has been made well enough that you can simply use this as a springboard for future playthroughs, and you will play through again.
There are a ton of possible ends for our queen, not all of them happy, and finding them all is a joy.
Approximate Game Length : Until you get fed up or get all the ends (3-10 hours)
Actual Worth / Steam Price: £7 / £7 = 1.0
Should you play it : Yes, it’s an interesting twist on the genre.
Cheapskate or Don’t want to pirate it? – Save the Date, which I reviewed earlier in the year is a free alternative, which, while not quite as deep, is a little bit similar.
Long Live the Queen has been on sale on steam for half price a few times now though, and for £3.50 it’s a pretty good deal, providing at least £1 per hour.