[Beyond PlayStation] Reigns: Kings and Queens Review
Reigns: Kings and Queens on the Nintendo Switch brings together the original release along with its expansion to give us the most complete version. Learn more about it in our Reigns: Kings and Queens review!
The gameplay is very easy to understand. For each turn, which represents a year of your reign, you will need to swipe left or right to select one of two options for each scenario. This can be done either by pressing left or right on the D-Pad or the left analog stick and pressing the A button to make a selection, or by swiping left or right on the Nintendo Switch touchscreen when you’re playing in portable or tabletop mode.
The choices you make will impact one or more of four categories you can see at the top of the screen: the church, the people, the army and your money. You need to carefully balance each of these four categories because having too little or too much of any of them will result in your death. If the people are angry, they might storm the castle and kill you. If the army is not happy, they will do a military coup. Running out of money means no one is paid and nothing can be bought, so you’ll be overthrown.
As you progress in the game, you will gain access to new cards that will be rolled into your deck as potential scenarios to solve, thus increasing the amount of content you will be able to enjoy during your run thanks to the added variety. Add to this the fact that the Kings and Queens parts of the game offer different cards as well and you have a package with a lot of content to enjoy.
Sometimes this will happen after you complete one of the three available quests given to you at all times. Completing a quest will add a checkmark to it so that it can be removed from your to-do list when you die, and a new quest will be added in its place. These quests can include finding a doctor for your kingdom, making a particular selection in one specific event, starting a crusade, having a kid, recruiting a minstrel, and more. The Kings part of the bundle has 45 objectives to complete, 29 different ways to die and 45 characters to meet. The Queens part of the bundle has 50 objectives, 31 ways to die and 45 characters to meet.
Your decisions will also allow you to gain access to special items, such as a hospital that will make it so that your people do not fall ill as easily, a pair of dice that will make it so that you don’t lose against the court jester, a magical book with blank pages you can fill with spells that can change the course of history, a bottle of a very nice perfume, a broken clock that can be fixed back to its former glory, or a bone that might be the final ingredient you need for creating another item.
If you’re looking for a fun and minimalist strategy game to play at home or on the go, in which every time you die you at least make some progress and push the game forward, then you should check out Reigns: Kings and Queens. Gameplay mechanics are very easy to understand, the art style is charming, and the weird scenarios you’ll need to solve will keep you coming back for more.
This Reigns: Kings and Queens review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Devolver Digital.