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 (2,965 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.”
http://indiegames.com/2012/06/review_long_live_the_queen_han.html

“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

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    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
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
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 -.-
Posted: October 1
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
MINOR SPOILERS

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

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
Posted: September 24
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Tried to throw a vase from point blank
Archery = Failed
Died

10/10 Game of the Year
Posted: September 26
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Best death simulator ever!
When I read about this game before I thought people were joking, but no, you'll actually die like all the time.
I've made to Queen after 3 hours of dying, and it was awesome...
For me to become queen, my dad had to reveal my mom's death secret, I had to promisse marrying some random dude who invaded the castle and had to live 2 weeks under his control... then... BAM! when I least expected I was 15 and the High Priest was crowning me!
Now gotta die some more to unlock all the achievements.
ALL HAIL TO MOE DEATH SIMULATOR!
Posted: October 1
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
I started out as such a hopeful little pre-queen. I learnt the things I should, like how to talk to nobles like you care, how to courtsey gracefully and hide your eyerolling, how to stare down a room full of judgemental arses...

Sadly I didn't think, didn't know. And how could I?

How could I know that I, as a beautiful and elegent young princess, would ever need to know how to climb? Or falconry? ...Or reflexes ...divination ...battlefield medicine?!

Oh come on! What the hell do I pay you people for?!

Does no one check for poison these days? What were those scouts doing? Lounging under a tree? Did the carriage pass them at all on our merry way into that ambush? A peasant uprising??? Why was I not alerted earlier?! That's it. FIred. You're all FIRED! I simply cannot work under these conditions!

So many failed skill checks...

Would definitely die again.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
This game is so hard. *rage quit* ;-;
Posted: October 13
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
55.1 hrs on record
This game is fun but boy is it hard. I have yet to not die in it. I am not giving up though. I will keep trying every so often to beat the game.
Posted: October 14
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Gameplay: 10/10
Magical Girl Costume: 11/10
Definite recommendation!
Posted: October 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Who said ruling a (queendom) was easy. Do you though it was all fun, games and delicious chocolate (pun intended)?

Let's summarize:
- Moe girl doing moe things like crushing enemies with her very own hands and telling everybody what to do? Check.
- Princess Maker interface, outfits, and decisions? Check.
- Lots of Dead Ends to satisfy your merciless "Let the cutie die" instinct? CHECK.

"Hello. My name is Elodie of Nova. You killed my mother. Prepare to die."

This game will destroy thoroughly all you used to call "morals" and make you a monster.
Your family meetings will never be the same.

Warning: Excessive exposition to Long Live The Queen may cause, among other symptoms: Megalomania, Misanthropy, Delusional disorder, Paranoia and sudden interest in magic and showy fashion.

Extreme mortality ahead. Play at your own discretion.
Posted: October 15
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Little adorable girl who can chew bubble gum and kick ♥♥♥, 10/10
Posted: October 1
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Wielding destructive magic that leaves my foes cowering or burned to a crisp.
Ruled with an iron fist.
Scourge of the high seas.
Strategic genius that rivals Alexander and Napolean.
died from poisoned chocolate.
10/10 would play again
Posted: September 24
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Being a princess is so cool, yet failing and dying is not cool ~cries i will keep trying until i have become a QUEEN! or princess. but amazing artwork and cute anime style game. 10/10.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Суровая игра для суровых поцонов!: Serious game for serious men!:

- завышай налоги, зажигай на балах! - Raise taxes, rule parties!
- рази непокорных, груби старшим! - Crash enemies, be rude with homies!
- рубись на мечах, подсылай киллеров! - Fight with swords, assign the asassins!
- падай из окна, изучай магию - Fall from windows, study magic!
- жуй шоколад, получай стрелу в %spoiler%! - Eat the chocolate, took an arrow in the %spoiler%!
- ласкай собачку, командуй флотом! - Pet the puppy, be in command on the sea!
- плети интриги, иди к успеху! - Win or Die! Instantly!
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
I went to visit a friend and took an arrow above the knee.
I had enough medical training to not kill myself but apparently my will was lacking and I screamed like a ***** until enemie knights came to finish me off like the justice dealers they were.

I have made no fewer than 20 attempts at this game and have still not figured out yet how to force someone else to get married or to end up in the forest with magical beasties. The number of different routes is so enormous it is almost rediculous... I need to play again.

Elodie... Your mother was murdered... Prepare to die...
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
This has been called a "princess simulator", but it is a bit more than that. What we have is a trial-and-error strategy game enmeshed in a setting which emphasises feudal politics, fantasy tropes, a story of betrayal alongside decision making, tailoring and improving your skills. All done in a setting that you will discover is a cruel and pitiless world. In this den of jackals you play a small, weak, and initially helpless young girl and heiress to a queendom.

Your Lumen (mage) mother, the Queen, is dead, and you are very young. Everyone is lying to you, including those closest to you that claim to be trying to protect you. Are they really making the best decisions for your future? Currently, it is a matriarchy but you are too young to inherit. What this means is that you are encircled by sharks, who will steal your rightful crown off of you if you are not careful (and ruthless). So play dirty, form a plan and study hard, give in to evil, paranoia or try to pursue a just path. Remember though, to prepare yourself for death.

5/5 dead princesses
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
For the pricepoint, Long Live the Queen is cheaper than a movie and thus worth it.

Starting a review talking about the price is never good, and while this game tries its best to appear to be a nonlinear fantastical rpg story following the trials of a little girl turned queen-to-be, it falls flat on several key factors.

Overall: B- "A neat game for a few hours."
- I enjoyed it because I got to do crazy ♥♥♥♥ and then die. That's about it.

- The story is mediocre with very few nonlinear branches. There are several true endings (assuming you make it through alive), with very little deviation, though honestly, as far as I played the game, there are really two endings, both decided on a hidden value: your reputation with the common people. This was rather disappointing to learn once I got to the "end", but there were two bigger concerns that I had.

1) While appearing to be unrestricted in deciding whether or not you wanted to play with your toys all day or finally go learn magic, the game is actually extremely restricted by the scripted series of events that occur. Technically there are several ways to advance through each scripted event and avoid failing, but I found myself forced to pick just one of two ways (such as getting agility or some other skill to avoid the scripted assassinations) which led to the same event conclusion, with little deviation. I never was truly free to just be a socialite with a little bit of combat knowledge - I was pretty much forced to level my combat knowledge just to advance in the story. While disappointing, I still initially had fun doing whatever the hell I wanted and dying before finally buckling up and trying hard.

2) Dying is a main sticking point to this game, and to truly experience all the well written scenarios, one must setup a specific strategy path to get to that point, often beginning from Day 5-10. At one point, I had 12 save files just to reach different types of death scenarios around that one war, only to be unable to advance 11 to the conclusion of the game. For example, I really wanted to sing my way out of this one part, but it turned out I needed 100 rating in voice to get there (among other things), leading to a very specialized decision tree. Of course, this led to me being deficient in other areas and unable to get much further in the game. This was the same for my other 10 paths, with only the 12th decision tree being the winner. This was rather upsetting. Why can't I sing my way to the end?? Blah. (Obviously I'm aware you can, but I didn't feel like restarting my game.)

Significant Opinions:

Music: B - It's a short story game with a few different arrangements. The main piano theme got repetitive on my 120493th attempt.

Art: A - Anime-styled, not really anything amazing. Still gets an A for effort.

Replay Value: C - The main selling point of this game is to die and live. Most of the time you die because you have no idea what ♥♥♥♥ing ridiculous story event comes next. Then you either have to restart the game to get the optimal decision tree to that point, or reload far enough back (read: possibly several weeks) to be able to prepare for that event. It doesn't help that you don't know any of the values required to pass each of the choices in an event. LOTS of trial and error. Paper and pencil are necessary. If you use a walkthrough... it stops being a game due to the spoiler nature of walkthroughs for decision-based games, but I understand if you're frustrated you'd go for it. For perspective, I died maybe 30 times before I went to the day-by-day walkthrough/spoilers, on which it stopped being interesting since I was basically reading the story in order to get through it. In short this game can be frustratingly hard and requires dedication.

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All in all, I had fun dying for several hours, so I recommend it. Don't expect more out of it and you'll be satisfied. Would eat OBVIOUSLY POISONED box of chocolates again. Or sacrifice myself to a tentacle monster. 10/10
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Милые розовые декорации, игрушечное королевство - ерунда для детишек, клон старенькой Princess Maker? НЕТ. Потому что, начав игру, вы умрете. Умрете десять, двадцать, тридцать раз - пока не научитесь разбираться в хитросплетениях здешней политики, в шпионских интригах, думать на дюжину ходов вперед и орудовать дипломатией, как шпагой. А вы думаете, королевой - или даже принцессой - быть легко? Как бы не так! Эта игра требует серьезного подхода. Слава Королеве!

Полный обзор - http://wolfox.livejournal.com/177513.html
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Fairly enjoyable.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
I was the prettiest Anime princess.
I was elegant, nice, but rather daft.
I knew what was going to happen only when it was unnecessary.

I died in a war.

10/10 at least I didn’t die to poisoned chocolates. (RIP Some Random Maid)
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
So I have owned this game for less than 5 hours. Still have not won yet, but that is no issue. This game is addicting.
So far I have died in three different ways, and no playthrough has been the same. Picking skills makes some aspects of the game change, and ever triggers differnt events. No matter how many times I play, I forget what skills will make me 'pass' certain tests that I don't normally succeed on. It's made each game unique and fun.
My only complaints of the game are problems I have with a lot of visual novels. Many sequences become tedious and if you want all the endings, and experience all the opinions, you have to sit through them. The skip opition is much appreciated. Some of the skills seem completely useless, or only seem to have one use for a 'test' in the game. It's hard to tell which ones though, as some skills uses don't always get triggered. I recommend having a save file immediently after the start tutiorial so you can have a quick restart and not have to sit through the opening.
Also. Leveling up intrigue is a good way to not eat the chocolate. NEVER EAT THE CHOCOLATE.
Posted: October 8
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