Reigns: Her Majesty Review: Long May She Reign
- Name: Reigns: Her Majesty
- From: Nerial & Devolver Digital
- Genre: Card
- Price: $2.99
- Installed size: 127 mb
- Best played in medium sessions
- Multiple bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: Yes
What is Reigns: Her Majesty?
Reigns: Her Majesty is the sequel to 2016’s hit card game Reigns. In Reigns: Her Majesty, players take the role of the queen and must swipe left or right on various cards to make decisions about the course of your court and country. The decisions could be simple things like whether you want to send someone to hunt a rare beast, or more complex issues like whether or not to chastise an impolite noble or start a witch trial. The decisions you make can play a role future events and will also impact your standing with the game’s four factions.
If your standing with the church, people, military, or treasury either bottoms out or completely fills up, your reign will swiftly come to an end. As players reign over their kingdom they will have the opportunity to complete various tasks that unlock new cards and new paths to take in the game. Reigns: Her Majesty also offers you an inventory that you can fill with an assortment of items that can be used in different parts of the game.
Reigns: Her Majesty remains just as compelling as the original game while offering a few twists and a slightly different perspective. The game still has a lot of humour, with memorable lines and events that ought to put a smile on your face as you ask a cat what it’s like being a cat or give a member of your court random instructions on how to handle foreign visitors. The new inventory system adds an interesting twist to things, particularly when you aren’t sure exactly what each item will do. Using an item at the wrong time will just lead to a rebuke about trying to manipulate people, while remembering to use your spell book can be rather satisfying.
Unfortunately, bugs are a bit of an issue here, but they’re not entirely game breaking and are of the sort that can be patched in the future. Right now Reigns: Her Majesty will not respond to touchscreen interactions while a screen filter is enabled (more on the issue here). The game will also shift from portrait to landscape when the screen is rotated, but not the other way around. That can be remedied by locking the game in portrait mode in the options menu. Beyond that some slight glitches were experienced, but those have little to no impact on the game other than being slightly annoying.
This game does not attempt to reinvent Reigns, it certainly is not as innovative, and that’s not always a bad thing. Reigns: Her Majesty adds a few new twists to an already great formula, and that’s more than enough. While bugs might hold the game back, it’s definitely a game worth playing if you enjoyed the original Reigns or if you’re looking for something new to sink your teeth into.