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 (2,992 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.”

“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?


System Requirements

    • 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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14 of 14 people (100%) 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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14 of 14 people (100%) 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
My playtime is only the amount of times I died.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Gameplay: 10/10
Magical Girl Costume: 11/10
Definite recommendation!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 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.

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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is so hard. *rage quit* ;-;
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A little short, but it has a lot of story branches and 11 ways to die. Nice game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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.


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
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Alright in this game it is a wonderful play of what you want, what you do, and what actions. How it should be. A lot of ways to die and ♥♥♥♥ up royally. Many ends different pieces that some of you see at the end. For instance in example dragon age origins and side quests when they tell you oh you let him go, he ran and stole more goods, or she lived and had a kid. Okay in this one it's like that for the ends. There are many ways to go about this. A nice plot and to be honest, I kinda hated this game in a sense. Not because of playing as a princess but just the ♥♥♥♥ing idea of you having to choose one over the other. Let's be honest, there's a guide, there are cheats. However I don't recommend them if you want the best out of it. For instance, there is a lot of interest I take upon how one would feel about such decisions. One of them especially on achievements which was beheading. I admit some deserved it and I do mean that. However this game has reached an 8-9 out of my book. There are costumes and more, just wish she could change her hair color or style, would help. Also the fact that it's the type where you build up your skills that will tell whether or not the condition is met for a certain time limit on a scene. For example, you need to jump a wall, you need a certain amount of a certain skill or study to do it. That's pretty much how you get more in. Multiple runthroughs recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
After being stabbed, drowned, slaughtered, shot by arrows, destroyed by magic, i have discovered the fact that i am truly a 14 year old girl on the inside. :')
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This was my first time playing a visual novel RPG. The player controls Elodie, a pink-haired 14-year-old princess whose mother just died. She will inherit the crown and become queen on her fifteenth birthday - if you can keep her alive until then.

As the player, you can regularly control two aspects of her life: what she studies in her classes during the week, and how she spends her weekend. Classes range from court demeanor to animal husbandry to military logistics. Elodie's lessons affect her "skills" stats, which can also receive a boost if you choose to have Elodie wear the associated outfit (e.g., military uniform for strategy, cat suit for political intrigue, etc.). These skill sets affect Elodie's performance in the game's events, such as her abilities to fend off assassins, adequately deal with criminimals, and sense the plots - both political and magical - of those who want to steal her throne. While Elodie can choose how to respond to would-be suitors or political attacks, her options are shaped by her skillset (in this case, flattery/composure for the former, intrigue and her kingdom's history for the latter).

Of course, Elodie's ability to retain knowledge to boost her skill set is controlled by her mood, and her mood is controlled by the choices you make as the player about how she spends her weekend, or sometimes by forces beyond her control (aren't we all). For example, playing sports on the weekend increases her anger, and being angry helps her retain military-related lessons at a faster rate. Touring the castle's barracks on the weekend, though, can make her feel more pressured.


While there's more than one way to win, and winning is fun, so is dying - sometimes attacked by bandits, or from poisoned chocolate. There are at least two achievements in Steam that you can win for finding a certain number of ways to die!
Tonight I gave a human sacrifice to satisfy a kraken, & also saved my kingdom from invasion by singing.

Basically, this game is great fun, and I didn't know games like this existed. (I mean, I was aware of visual novel RPGs, as they sometimes inspire anime series, but not the details.) I'll be messing around with this one for a while, but am very interested in finding and playing more.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game has a robust management system, combined with a sweet personality- i think the best part is all the neat stories that can result from different skillsets and different approaches to challenges
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