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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
    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. PC PowerPlay
    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 31
  1. Aug 21, 2014
    10
    While the first playthrough is quite challenging, there is considerable depth to this game for it's length. I found myself playing it quite aWhile 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.
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  2. Mar 7, 2015
    9
    This game was a total surprise for me, I didn't expect much but in the end I'm having a lot of genuine fun playing it.

    The game mechanic
    This game was a total surprise for me, I didn't expect much but in the end I'm having a lot of genuine fun playing it.

    The game mechanic associating moods with affinity to learn certain school subjects (not to mention the originality of the "studying to become queen" idea too) is simply addicting.
    Events are more or less the same during the progression of the game but, depending on your areas of expertise, you're able to expand your choices to get unexpected results... I'd say this game ironically is actually a game to find out all the possible way the princess can die (all of them overly cute).

    Story and gameplay aside the game had clearly a low budget because there are no fancy visual effects or symphonic music but I'd say that character design and realization is gorgeous, backgrounds and generally stuff is overall well drawn too, princess costumes are extremely cute and more than everything else, princess's moods realization is just pure cuteness.
    As anticipated, music is not much good, probably the worst compartment of the whole game. While themes are not that bad, there are just a bunch of them and this may lead to feeling them somehow repetitive.

    Last but not least this game runs flawlessly on linux (as well as MS Windows and Mac OSX).

    To recap I'd totally recommend buying this game to anyone, better if you can wait for sales ofc but even at full price (which is not high to start with).
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  3. Dec 31, 2013
    8
    Long Live the Queen is a game with dating-sim-like gameplay that has you making the right decisions and learning the right skills in order toLong Live the Queen is a game with dating-sim-like gameplay that has you making the right decisions and learning the right skills in order to survive your first year as a young princess waiting for coronation. This game is actually surprisingly tough, and you'll need either a lot of careful planning or a lot of luck to get through the game at all. There are many interesting ways to die before the coronation.

    I played a lot of Magical Diary, another game by the same developer. While that game was objectively bad but still very enjoyable, this game is far better. The dialogue is much better, and much more focused on the politics and intrigue. Your choice of skills is incredibly important... not only how much you train them, but which other skills you choose to compliment them. On top of that, your mood has to be carefully managed, because that changes the rate of learning certain skills, so you may need to force mood changes in order to learn new skills.

    Once you realize how this game works, it becomes a careful puzzle of figuring out which skills you'll need at which times in order to survive certain encounters, but the nice thing is that there are multiple ways of doing it. As an example, when you go to a gala, you may have friends and enemies waiting as the result of previous choices. Do you have the courtly graces to appear poised and mature, or will you lose everyone's faith? Can you sense the magic taking place that night? Will you be challenged to a duel, and if so, can you leave the fight alive?

    The art style is usually pretty good, though some of the dress-up outfits are bizarre. The music is all piano, which fits this game pretty well. There aren't many different music tracks, but I found most of them pleasant and unintrusive. The control could be better.

    I picked this game up, thinking that if I liked Magical Diary, then I could find something to enjoy in this game. I had definitely underestimated Long Live the Queen, and it took me by surprise. This is a slow, strategic game, but people who like those sorts of games might really enjoy this one. I think this game is worth it at full price if you think you'll enjoy it.
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  4. 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 ILong 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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  5. Oct 20, 2015
    6
    The game is alright. It was fun for a night or two. I got almost every part of the story but this was more of a chore because I had to goThe game is alright. It was fun for a night or two. I got almost every part of the story but this was more of a chore because I had to go through so many of the same things for a little bit of new content. The story comes down to a few major events happening and if you have the right stats you get a better outcome. Yay... just when you become queen and can make some real change the game ends probably because they couldn't handle all the possible plot lines they'd set up that never went anywhere interesting. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    5
    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 nothingDon'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
    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
    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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