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  • Summary: THE QUEEN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

    Being a Princess is not an easy job. Being a Queen is even harder. Especially when you're only fourteen years old, and the reason you've inherited the throne is that your royal mother has just met an untimely end.

    Now power is up for grabs. You
    may be the official heir, but much of the country's nobility would love to steal the throne for themselves. Aggressive neighbors will take advantage of any weakness to enlarge their borders at your expense. And that's not even mentioning the magical dangers which are lying in wait...

    Can you survive long enough to reach your coronation?
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  1. Feb 24, 2014
    70
    What initially seems like a game of dressups and progress bars reveals itself to be a much deeper story based affair. [March 2014, p.58]
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    70
    A spoiled-teenager-princess simulator, where the main character can die in the most unlikely ways. What more do you want?
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    70
    The fact is that wandering through the plot of Long Live the Queen, blithely making mistakes on the assumption you'll do better the second or third time, is wonderful. Trying to actually do better is a byzantine process involving either heavy use of a guide or incredible persistence.
  4. Feb 7, 2013
    65
    There’s solid storytelling and mechanics behind the numbers, but the art and sound could be much more interesting.
  5. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    All the "kawai" of a magical girl violently confronted to the intrigues of a cruel and boiling kingdom, this is what makes the charm and humor of Long Live Queen. This story will give you a real headache! The choices and events could have been more varied to avoid some repetition. Maybe for the next title ?
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    9
    It's an adorably vicious little game that's sort of like a Visual Novel but with a stat building mechanic that completely changes outcomes and decisions and unlocks new things. There's no way to make a princess who's good at everything, not without cheating, and each playthrough is somewhat unique.

    Contrary to a certain other review there are actually multiple endings and multiple ways to win. In fact there are several decisions throughout the game that can alter the course of the game in a number of ways far beyond the scope of a simple decisions.

    Many events are locked in but their outcomes can vary greatly, you could go on the same trip you had a wonderful time on in your first playthrough, only to be waylaid by assassins in the next. Decisions can often have multiple outcomes depending on previous decisions, and depending on what skills you're good at.

    You always get crowned Queen if you survive, but what kind of Queen you become, what kind of Kingdom you create, and how you get there depends on your stats and decisions. There are also lots of wonderful ways to die if you fail, and it's for cheap on steam so if you want to try it buy it the devs deserve it.
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  2. Jul 18, 2014
    9
    At first I thought it will be cute and innocent game about getting girl over through hard plots to the throne, after my 6th death I have realized that this game wants you to die a lot. (Look at the achievements). I actually fell in love with this game, as it is really cute and funny, especially some ways that your character can die. (Death by Chocolate! Yum!) Also when people say that you don't have much of a impact on the outcome, they are wrong, almost all the decisions with classes matter. You can go extremely passive, just to prepare for the last encounter before reaching crown. Or simply go wild and explore the death, which is funny!
    11/10 - Hands down, the most funny game that killed boredoom in my life.
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  3. Nov 19, 2013
    9
    The concept of this game might be considered silly, childish or just plain boring. Well, in my opinion, it's none of the above. Once you give the game a decent chance, you realize that while it has its faults and disadvantages, it's actually a lot of fun, and can be quite complex.

    The basic idea in the game is to find a combination or a sequence or choices and decisions that will not only lead you to becoming queen, but also ensure the prosperity and safety of your kingdom. What makes this game so much fun and interesting, in my opinion, is the number of possibilities. It's not just a matter of winning or losing, it's also a matter of how. While the journey from the beginning of the game to the end might be a little short, the real point of the game, as I understand it, is to keep exploring options. Personally, I'm coming up on 20 hours in Long Live The Queen, and while I've explored most of the options, I still have quite a few to discover. The achievements list gives you some clues about how many more options you haven't explored yet (the achievements are available both in-game and on Steam).

    In conclusion, if you like strategy life simulation games don't pass on Long Live The Queen. Give it a decent chance, it's definitely worth it!
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  4. Dec 29, 2013
    7
    If you played Cute Knight and was expecting Long Live the Queen to be something similar, you may be in for a big surprise as Cute Knight was loads more fun. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2014
    7
    Long Live the Queen is a surprisingly engrossing visual novel type experience. With a surprising number of endings and a well-written story I can readily encourage anyone who enjoys visual novels to give this one a try.

    The game covers the year until our protagonist's coronation ceremony, and while there are many different endings make no mistake, living until that coronation is by no means a guarantee. With assassins, betrayals by nobility, wars, and duels both magical and non-magical there are many ways to meet an untimely end. This game even brings with it a more literal meaning to "death by chocolate." Each week you choose two topics to be tutored in, which is how you gain skills in the game. You will have a bonus or penalty to how much you learn based on your mood plus you'll learn skills you already have many points in more quickly. Then you'll choose how to spend your weekend which will affect your mood. Each week there is also an event. What happens in each event is not only affected by your previous choices, but by your skill levels. By default you can see the skill checks that the game is making, and it can be rather disheartening to see several failed checks pass by (or sometimes worse, a single one followed by a death), but it gives you some idea what you're missing and helps you plan what you'd like to be able to do differently on later playthroughs.

    A lot of the intrigue can be a little hard to keep up with, but you can see the effort that went into the game's story with more and more attempts. Studying up and your history and domestic and foreign affairs will provide insight in the flavor text of the skill increases, but will also give the protagonist more insight and options in dealing with them. Quickly it becomes clear that each betrayal, each rebellion, and everyone's feelings about you are actually justified and their characters actually have consistency. On a first playthrough someone's actions can seem like a cheap plot twist, but only on another attempt do you have the right combination of skills and make the right choices to learn you actually could have seen it coming.

    And make no mistake, you will play this game several times. Even should you live to your coronation a single playthrough will only take a few hours, depending on how fast you read. But there are several times the length of one attempt worth of hidden treasures that are fully worth digging for.

    Long Live the Queen is a game with heart and genuine emotional involvement. If you have any interest in the genre you owe it to yourself to give this a try.
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  6. Mar 5, 2014
    6
    I picked up LLTQ for $2.50 or $5 during a sale and am essentially done with it after about 5 hours’ worth of play. It’s surprisingly enjoyable but I can’t recommend it because it’s too short and weighed down by an overly complex skill system that will only appeal to a very niche market.

    First of all, I give it extra points for the amount of effort that went into all the different story options & skill choices. Critics say it’s too linear but that’s not entirely true. Having the same events occur at the same point in the story allows you to strategically plan how to overcome challenges. If random events were procedurally generated each time you played, you would only be able to survive by dumb luck. Also, you can unlock extra dialogue choices, outfits and hidden events depending on which skills you develop and actions you take.

    It is fun to fail at a skill check, possibly die, then replay and build your character differently and overcome a story obstacle. However, the further into the story an event occurs, the further you need to backwards plan for it. This gets complicated due to the labyrinthine way the story events snake together with learning skills & plotting mood adjustments (different moods give bonuses & penalties to learning different skills) and the only way to get around it is to write down some notes about which events occur at which times. While I appreciate all of the multiple endings and achievements available, unlocking those would require way more effort than most people would be willing to spend. The game does give you an option to export a text log of story events, but it doesn’t include any information about skill checks so it’s not nearly as useful as it could be.

    I was still having a pretty good time despite the flaws because I liked the story, but just when I felt like things were getting interesting, it ended. You only need to survive through 40 turns or so to win, and those turns go by blazingly fast when you already know which choices you’re going to make.

    LLTQ gets an A for effort but I simply can’t advise anyone to buy it unless the thought of manually charting out every story event, skill point expenditure & mood adjustment through trial & error appeals to you. It will keep you amused for a few hours and you’ll have no need to ever go back to it.
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  7. Jan 5, 2014
    2
    if you've ever played a single strategy game in your life you'll know this game isn't nearly complex as people say it is.

    pretty much none
    of your choices matter and you'll see most of the same events no matter what you pick, even then it's more like a choose your own adventure game as it gives you the events based on what you study. nothing is random and all is pre-determined.

    2/10 the otaku kawaii is also awful, magic monsters even being in this game is a huge joke

    i actually spent $10 on this what am i doing with my life
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