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    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
    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
    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
    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
    There’s solid storytelling and mechanics behind the numbers, but the art and sound could be much more interesting.
  5. Nov 21, 2013
    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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  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Aug 21, 2014
    While the first playthrough is quite challenging, there is considerable depth to this game for it's length. I found myself playing it quite a bit much to my surprise.
    The first weeks seem to be crucial, and it is good to note that for the price the music and story are pretty interesting, to find all of the story you have to play the game in many different ways until you see everything.
    Those claiming this game has no depth may have just failed to play through every part of the game.
    On a final note this game was just overall pleasant, It left me wishing there was more weeks, while I imagined what may have happened during the rest of my reign.
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    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!
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    While the game may appear to be a more detailed sim ala Princess Maker, it's better to describe this game as a visual novel with stat checks.

    That said, there's a surprising amount of depth in how to get poor Princess Elodie to her coronation alive. Once I got it through my head that this game was deliberately designed to prevent me from maxing out all of my stats, I started making elaborate plans on how to actually win. There's a number of different ways to accomplish this and while there's certain fixed story events, you'd be surprised how subtly or dramatically they change out based on seemingly simple choices made earlier in the game. The game's storyline spends a lot of time emphasizing that being a person of nobility is hell. You'd expect a game like this to spend a lot of time on cute things like romance, but nope Elodie's life is always under threat and while you do have a lot of marriage options, you don't actually so much spend time with the groom and romance him as you quickly and shrewdly snap up someone with a political advantage to your survival.

    Something that really got to me was that while the anime art was actually good for the most part (normally a SERIOUS problem in a lot of "otaku" games like this one), only Elodie has facial expressions that change over time. Fortunately, she IS expressive enough that you can easily track her mood, which is a gameplay mechanic that will make or break your playthroughs. But seeing eveyr single other major character have the same frozen face from start to finish is quite a negative in the art department. Furthermore, much of the game's backgrounds are recycled over and over, which makes your supposedly massive kingdom feel quite small. On top of that, I expected, given the genre, that I'd get a few detailed inserts of major story events from time to time, but this didn't really happen aside from the hilariously cute/violent death graphics.

    If you hate visual novels, this game is NOT for you. If you don't mind them, this is one of the better ones made outside of Japan and the writing and surprisingly deep strategy elements make it a good buy for the price range ($10 on Steam, less during some of the sale events). It is rather short, though the game's achievement system does insist on multiple playthroughs.
  4. Apr 20, 2014
    Don't judge a book by its cover... or in this case, don't judge a queen by her age. This is not so much a game as it is a 'monarchy' simulator. The endless paths you can take to progress and the cute characters make this pretty addicting. I found it fun to restart and try out different strategies and take different decisions. Whether I win or die, there is never a moment when I truly rage quit. If you like anime or simple strategy games, give this a try. 8/10. Expand
  5. Dec 29, 2013
    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
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    Don't quite understand the high rating. The game is very shallow and has no depth. What first seems may be a unique and fun system is nothing but illusion of narrow linear course. Each game is the same way with events happening in same order at the same time. Nothing changes and you only have find whatever is the skill you need get points in to get all the endings. No real choice in the game other then finding out the points you need. Other reviewed mentioned strategies which i find none in this game at all because of the narrow nature. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2014
    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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