Long Live the Queen is a cute and addictive strategy game developed by Hanako Games and available on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux systems. You play as the young Princess Elodie, making decisions about what she learns and the way that the kingdom is run, in hopes of surviving to your coronation.
Despite the false sense of security that it’s cutesy exterior might lead you into, the game is surprisingly complex, with almost every decision you make affecting what events become available to you. Each in game week you pick two stats to raise, these stats determine the outcome of events, and their growth is determined by Elodie’s mood. There are also a variety of different outfits to unlock, which, as well changing Elodie’s appearance, grant benefits in different stat areas.
While the basic premise of the story is quite simple and generic, the variety of endings, deaths and different events all based from your decisions keep it an interesting and fun experience.
The soundtrack for this game is pretty good. The tunes chosen are appropriate for the in game situations, and composition and instrument choices are well fitted to the game’s setting. The only downside is that it can get to be a little on the repetitive side after a couple of playthroughs.
The art in this game is very cute, fun, and colourful. The character designs are pretty nice, generic but done well, and easier differentiated from one another. The background art is also pretty nice, though it would of been nice to see a little more variety.
Overall I would say this game is well worth getting, it’s downsides are minimal, the presentation is lovely and, while it was given to me, for the amount of fun I’ve had with it so far I would say that it is more than worth it’s price. Thanks for reading and for anyone interested in playing this game but not certain about buying it there is a free trial available here.