Rule the world or die trying!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.
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Release Date: Nov 8, 2013

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“Each time the protagonist dies, you find yourself coming back with a vengeance, determined to try a new strategy, a different approach to her upbringing. It's borderline addictive. It's also likely to make a monster out of you. By the end of my first successful playthrough, I had summarily butchered everyone who even thought about looking at us funny, forced the princess into a continuous state of docility and lied my way through every social encounter possible. Was it evil? Yes. Was it glorious? Definitely.”

“Somehow it never occurred to my princess, whom I’d lovingly crafted into a tense, paranoid warlord, that she shouldn’t empty a box of mysterious mailcandy into her mouth. You would think studying poison and espionage would have saved me from this espionage poison, but instead, a list of other skills, skills I never studied, princess skills, were key to avoiding this fate. I guess that’s the lesson: you can’t build a successful Arya without adding a little Sansa.”

“If you’re the sort who can sink your teeth into a full afternoon of tabletop strategy, you’ll be happy here. Long Live The Queen is a slow-paced, cozy evening kind of game, good for folks who like numbers and critical thinking. And death. Pink frosted, chubby cheeked death.”
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About This Game

Rule the world or die trying!

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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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • OS: 10.4+
    • OS: x86 or compatible processor
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538 of 567 people (95%) found this review helpful
175 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I am a pretty, pretty princess! When trying to become Queen I got stabbed, shot, poisoned, burned to a crisp, and rule 34ed Japan style.
10 out of 10, would die again.

Long Live the Queen is a Visual Novel game that, instead of trying to simply win the hearts of others and fall in love, you try to survive the horrors of royal life with your head intact. Of course, it doesn't help when everyone is a bloodthirsty murderer who's only desire is to bring forth the death of a fourteen year-old girl. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with them?

You take the role of Princess Elodie, who needs to be trained to be a proper queen because Disney dictates that no princess is allowed to have a living mother. You end up making all the decisions because your father is a lazy bum who's shirked off all of his responsibilities, but for some reason won't let you have your mother's keepsake. The kingdom is a mess, everyone is evil, and no matter what you do you just can't seem to save this poor little traumatized girl.

The mechanics of the game play on themselves in a bit of a cycle. You can upgrade Elodie's stats; which can increase slowly or rapidly based on her mood; which is based on events that have happened; which are based on your choices as well as her stats; which are upgraded accordingly based on her mood; which is ba-- ah you get the idea. This means that every decision, even the first one, can drastically affect how the story unfolds. No two games are alike, unless you purposefully do everything in the exact same way every time. But that's boring.

Because of the above mentioned do-it-all-the-same concept, you can technically beat the game as many times as you like after you find out how to do it once. But beating the game is not where this game shines. Sure, acquiring the crown and becoming Queen Elodie is a grand event in itself; only if you get there (because you will die, and die a lot). But one of the greatest things about this game is the ability to make different choices every time and see where it leads you. Find out what is down each path and discover what you can and can't get away with. And more importantly, unlock all the outfits because they're cute. Proper wardrobe is the pinnacle detail between ratty princesses and pristine queens.

All in all, it is a great game and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Wait... you can learn magic? HELLZ YEAH!
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465 of 497 people (94%) found this review helpful
653 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
>notice the "learn about dogs" skill option
>i love dogs in real life so i'm immediately sold
>spend the next 30+ weeks doing absolutely nothing besides learning about dogs and playing alone with my toys
>other leaders see me as "weak" and "unfit to rule"
>they demand that i step down from power
>i refuse
>a civil war breaks out
>i quickly lose and wind up becoming a servant for the rest of my life

everyone's just upset since i know more about dogs than they do
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857 of 976 people (88%) found this review helpful
655 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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298 of 316 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
The first time I played this game I died fairly deep into it because I had not properly leveled decorating like a good princess. It only got better from there. I tried a perfect princess, died. I tried a warrior queen, died. I tried a mix, a little Sansa a little Aria, I died. By the time I finally won the game I had sunk invading fleets, executed half my family and awoken something evil in the dark and deep, and I was beloved by all those still alive.

Simply put the game is amazing and you should get it.
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502 of 567 people (89%) found this review helpful
365 people found this review funny
948.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
My playtime is only the amount of times I died.
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435 of 494 people (88%) found this review helpful
260 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Makes Dark Souls look like a casual 'E for Everyone' Care Bear Island Adventure game.
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300 of 332 people (90%) found this review helpful
140 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014

E is for Elodie, sad and alone,
E is for Elodie, the heir to the throne,
E is for Elodie, Lumen and strong,
E is for Elodie, evil all along,

E is for Elodie, pride and joy,
E is for Elodie, black-hearted toy,
E is for Elodie, Saver of Souls
E is for Elodie, betrayer of all,

E is for Elodie, who could never swim,
E is for Elodie, Unfit and not prim.
E is for Elodie, Lost to the Deep,
E is for Elodie, whose secrets are meek,

E is for Elodie, Warrior mighty,
E is for Elodie, not meant for fighting,
E is for Elodie, The greatest of hearts.
E is for Elodie, all alone in the dark,

E is for Elodie, the struggle to live,
E is for Elodie, No more money to give.
E is for Elodie, Courage unseen,
E is for Elodie

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441 of 507 people (87%) found this review helpful
254 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
i was a princess who was so pro at dealing with medicine, i could've healed a whole army but i ate some chocolate and died

10/10 would eat them again
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251 of 273 people (92%) found this review helpful
235 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
This is the true Dark Souls.
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232 of 252 people (92%) found this review helpful
270 people found this review funny
104.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2015
Dear Gwenelle,

Ha! I mean Duchess of Sudbury! I am actually trying to work on my royal demeanor, I swear, okay? Life is just so crazy! My moods are so erratic lately.

Sorry I can’t make it to your party! My reflexes and archery skills are way below 50, Lore is just sooo much more interesting.. and bandits are everywhere. I even had this bad dream about traveling, and even though I’m not 100% sure it was related to your party, I’m going to stay on the safe side. I’m sure you understand, though, right? I’m sure you would prefer receiving presents from your ALIVE friend rather than, well, not.

Yeah, okay so I know you *might* not trust me because of that other timeline where I held Lottie hostage… but I had my reasons, okay!? I’m sure you know how it feels when everyone is judging you and you’re just like ah, how am I supposed to feel -Pressured?!

It’s hard being our age and in charge of so much stuff. But hey, at least I sided with you when I *did* go to your party that other time!

Do you have timelines or are you just.. like.. stuck? That would suck. OMG, I hope you have more than one outfit! O_O

Another reason I hate not being able to go to your party this time (because every time feels fresh, okay? my room is always just the way I left it..) is because I really wanted to pick up Briony!! All of her letters were annoying at first but we’re lovers in another timeline. Isn’t that sweet?!? So I figured I could get some early action. ^_^ Nothing with a squid, though! I told you about that poem, right? Sometimes I thought was hilarious, sometimes I just got angry about it.. have you gotten anything like that? Just wondering…

I might be +Lonely about not being able to go to your party, but you should be +Cheerful about the presents I sent you!

Don’t worry, they’re not chocolates. I would have sent you some apples from my garden—they’re so delicious they’re known to be stolen!—but I would hate to send you—my friend, a duchess—an apple beaten-up by travel. So when the roads are safer you can just come here and we can have all the delicious apples we want, and even play with toys just like old times! Ps xf dbo krtu pru. ^_^

Oh, and to answer your question, I have no idea why my dad doesn’t have a top lip. Like, sure, keeping a stiff upper lip is sound advice. But he just doesn’t have one in the first place!

Your friend,

P.S. My handwriting is worse than Adair’s, but who cares?! I funded the printing press!
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14.6 hrs
Posted: October 18
ALRIGHT LISTEN UP MOTHER %^&*() THIS AIN'T YOUR DADDY'S TETRIS! THIS IS RUNNING A GOD %$#^ KINGDOM! IT'S SERIOUS %#$%@ BUSINESS! YOU'VE GOT MOTHER %^&*% TRYING TO MURDER YOU BEFORE YOU TAKE THE THRONE AND ONE SHOT AT GLORY! Kidding aside this is a pretty fun experience, reminds me of those choose your own adventure books. Plenty of replay value and well worth checking out, interesting story that changes based on how you play so unlike M.E. your choices actually matter lol.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
Long Live the Queen comes off as a strange visual novel at first, but in reality it's a difficult strategy game about micro-managing the mood swings of a fourteen year old girl.

10/10 would sacrifice my cousin to a tentacle monster again.
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29.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
one of my favourite games <3 wish i had more to unlock in it but I think i did everything. i get nostalgic just thinking of the hours i spent up late at night last winter playing it. the music is kind of hypnotic too, maybe thats why i got so immersed
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
Spend all your time learning about war and witchcraft, get poisoned. Try again, a civil war breaks out. Try again, bluff, get forced into a marriage. Do you want to execute this woman? How about send assassins?
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5.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
This game is excellent. It avoids the usual failings of visual novels by being extremely repeatably and mechanically engaging. Maybe not a game for everyone, but if you think you might be into it, it's highly recommended.
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Tonya the Terribad
29.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
Want to grow up from a princess to a queen? Well, good luck with that. No one else wants you to and will try everything to stop you.

Long Live the Queen is largely a numbers-and-stats game delivered in adorable, yet somewhat macabre, visual novel form. Figuring out which stats to level and when, when its best just to stay home, and if that food is going to be tasty or deadly is mostly done through trial-and-error.

After suffering more deaths than the first time you played Bloodborne, you might finish a run (with or without consequence to your kingdom, depending on your actions).

Recommended for people who like visual novels with lots and lots of endings.
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8.3 hrs
Posted: October 11
I stopped a war through the power of singing.

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Mari △
22.8 hrs
Posted: October 9
Would die again 10/10
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13.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
This game is so addictive! Everytime I died in it, I was really eager to go back in and try things differently. There are so many paths to choose from. This isn't some "Make your perfect waifu™" game. It's an interesting story about royalty, betrayal and magic that is sure to attract adventure game fans!
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13.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
I hadn't played any visual novel style games prior to this one being recommended to me. Many of them seem to be romantic in theme, and that isn't really my thing. That being said, I really enjoyed Long Live the Queen and played it quite a few times even after winning. There are multiple paths to victory and several different endings that you might all consider to be victories.

The story being told here was both captivating and dark. It is difficult to win and you will die. Many times. Fortunately the playthroughs are relatively quick, which is good as it may take a play or two to get the hang of what exactly you are trying to do and come up with a plan. It also good that playthoughs are quick because you will die. A lot. And then you can jump right in to the next storyline that will likely end in your death once more.

The mechanics are simple without being dumb and they have importance to the gameplay. Choices very much matter in Long Live the Queen and a certain amount of learning is done through failure and then changing strategy on the retry.

When I get the urge to get into another game in this genre, I'll definitely be reaching for one of the other Hanako Games titles as their other games look just as intriguing.
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