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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,166 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 2013

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"Aka 'Sansa Stark Simulator.' An exceptionally clever game which asks a great deal of its players without really seeming to"
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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.”
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“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.”
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“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?

THE QUEEN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4+
    Minimum:
    • OS: x86 or compatible processor
Helpful customer reviews
393 of 483 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Dear diary.
Today i tried to be a princess,
and failed miserably.
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196 of 244 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Oh hey, it's the chocolate. I've heard about the chocolate. Better not eat the chocolate.

Wait why are you eating the chocolate

no elodie no

why
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82 of 86 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
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 traind 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 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 prestine 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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104 of 122 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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83 of 92 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
ELODIE WHY WOULD YOU PUSH AN ARROW DEEPER INTO THE WOUND TO REMOVE IT I KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BATTLEFIELD MEDICINE BUT RAMMING SOMETHING POINTY INTO YOUR ORGANS DOES NOT MAKE THE WOUND BETTER IT MAKES YOU DIE FASTER.
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158 of 208 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
In Dark Souls you die and you born again. In Long Live the Queen you die FOREVER
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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Makes Dark Souls look like a casual 'E for Everyone' Care Bear Island Adventure game.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
340.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
My playtime is only the amount of times I died.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
i love this game, too bad its a one playthrough then skip all,
need more games like this

and of course i ate the damn chocolate, a master swordswoman owned by chocolate -.-
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Spend everyday training to get dem mad gainz
Put down peasant revolution
Mastering all sorts of arcane knowledge

Death by chocolate
G.G.
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77 of 105 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Long Live the Queen is fun in a way. I'm not giving it a negative review because it isn't... and I'm sure it appeals to the people who like putting cute girls in different uniforms, but Long Live The Queen's gameplay is pure, sheer trial-and-error. You spend your days in the castle, developing skills and learning how to be a good queen. Of course, Elodie can't be good at everything, so you have to pick which skills to develop and which to leave alone. This is all nice in itself, if it weren't for the fact that the game keeps killing Elodie in more and more contrived ways, and every time this happens, it's because the player didn't develop some kind of obscure skill enough. Which means you have to - and this is no exaggeration - play a few weeks until you die, then load your save again and gear all your skill points toward preventing that death. You need to do this every time. What's the point of playing a game if I have to die over and over again and can only prevent it by save-scumming and using foreknowledge?

Decided to train Elodie to work with falcons rather than dogs? Too bad, because for some reason a high Dogs skill is all that can prevent you from being poisoned. It gets worse. You get challenged to a duel, and since you've got a good lot of skill points in swords, you confidently accept - only to see Elodie getting run through because whoops, the game decides to test against Athletics instead! I went to assist my troops to fight a naval battle, but did you think the game would check my (almost-maxed) Naval Strategy skill? Nope. Instead, it tests against Climbing and Meditation. Naval Strategy isn't even checked once. It does check against swimming, but haha, did you think being decent at it was enough? Nope, sleepy time with the fishes for you! Get challenged to a duel? You die because your Composure wasn't high enough and you, for some reason, decide to charge the inhumanly powerful mage that just obliterated your father.

Yeah, Hanako Games, I know replayability is a good thing, but try doing it in less cheap and lazy ways next time. A game like Vlad the Impaler, which gives you choices in crisis scenarios and then tests against your stats, does it right. Your game, which railroads crisis situations and then decided to test against a single skill, does not.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Loli death simulator
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I will start my review......after i eat this chocolate.
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I trained myself in combat, I learned about the commoners. Even the royal guards are no match for my smarts.
Owned by some damn chocolates.

10/10
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A fun game if you like story and dialouge strategy. The title is misleading, however, as it is rare that the queen lives long at all.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
My ultra-paranoid warlord princess had the keen military intellect of all of history's greatest generals combined, and could likely have waged war on Asgard itself and won. She declared war on every nation that existed and had a man executed for daring to suggest a peaceful reunion between their nations. Her skill with the sword was unsurpassed, and not a single foreign royal could even bat an eyelid without her knowing of it, and having five separate plans to make them pay. Bards sang songs of her conquests, children feared her, the mere whisper of her name could send battle-hardened soldiers crying home.

And then she ate poisoned chocolates, and died.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I executed some dudes, got countless soldiers killed, hired a random girl that juggles daggers, dissapointed my father and then got shot by bandits while going to a birthday party.

10/10 would die again
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Beat it on second try by accident, ticked off many friends 10/10
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Before considering buying this game, you first have to realize it's more of a Choose Your Own Adventure book with stat checks. If you're still interested, read on.

Long Live the Queen is held together by several things: the amusing/tragic story and dialogue and the replay value of discovering more of it. The sequence of events will never change, but what actually transpires (and if Elodie survives to eventually be crowned) are dependent on what choices you make and how you build her up. Ignoring a single skill in one playthrough could have a huge influence on the story, and since you can't max her out, you'll want to come back several times.

I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, and for the five bucks I paid, I had a lot of fun with the story and trying different things. I think the only thing I rolled my eyes at was the anime "magical girl" outfit, but that's a small gripe. Get it on sale and it'll be well worth it.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is slowly ruining my life.
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