Madeleine Valois is a prince's companion. It is her responsibility to keep him out of trouble - not to let him walk blindly into a political minefield, not to let him get arrested for a crime he didn't commit, and definitely not to let him fall in love with her...
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Release Date: Apr 3, 2015

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“The Royal Trap's strength is in its replay value. Not merely in hunting down all the endings to its many romances, but also in filling in all the pieces of its multilayered mystery. Each path will really only give you a few bits rather than the full story, and some have entire sequences you'll never see that will drastically change how you look at the story itself and other characters.”

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Madeleine Valois is a prince's companion. Her job is to guide and advise him, to make him look good so that he can land a royal bride. It is her responsibility to keep him out of trouble - not to let him walk blindly into a political minefield, not to let him get arrested for a crime he didn't commit, and definitely not to let him fall in love with her.

Unfortunately, events are not going according to plan...

A visual novel of romance and royal intrigue. With the succession at stake, who can you trust? Your choice of alliances will shift the story and bring you to fifteen different possible endings.

Can Madeleine break free from the social obligations that keep her trapped and helpless, or will she be led into an even more dangerous trap of royal making?

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    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: 10.4 or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: x86 or compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I absolutely adore this game. It's so intense and so amazing; from the story to the characters, to the art. I just loved it all.

The story, regardless of which route you take, is rife with twists and turns. I always ended up surprised by events that transpired. The endings were all unique. Yes, there were a few similar occurrences, but that comes down to the overall plot of the story more than anything. The routes themselves had quite a lot of similarities (again because of overall story), but there were enough differences and new experiences in each that it never felt repetitive.
Now, the beginning is a different story. The choices you make in the first four chapters ultimately decide what direction the rest of the story will take, but besides a few things here and there, the actual happenings are the same no matter what. It's kind of just a REALLY long prolog in my opinion. Still, it wasn't all that bad.

I really liked the cast of characters in this game. They were all completely unique and interesting. I believe they were also well-rounded. And, depending on the choices you make, you get to see quite a bit of depth in their character. Of course, I preferred some more than others, but that's bound to happen in any game. The actual design for each was also unique (and very pleasing to the eye). Some games have a cast of characters with a lot of visual similarities that make it hard to distinguish between all of them at times, but not this one. I adored the art style and artistic designs used for each. The art really added another layer of depth to the uniqueness of each character.

I highly recommend this game.
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149 of 158 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
The Royal Trap is Hanako Games' most recent visual novel to make it to Steam, and in my opinion, one of the best games in their catalog. With gorgeous high quality artwork, great writing and enjoyable soundtrack, there's very little I can complain about when it comes to this gem among OELVNs.

In this fictional world of royalty, nobles and commoners, it's the firstborn daughter who inherits the family title, wealth and privilege while the sons must court a wife of similar rank in which to take over, so to speak, power of her household or kingdom. Queens are referred to as Wisdoms and serve as official advisors to their Kings, an interesting play on the "behind every great man is an even greater woman" saying. Princesses are groomed for this role so that one day they may provide their own wisdom to the King, assisting him in ruling the kingdom effectively and benevolently.

With this setting in mind, our story begins with Prince Oscar of Oceandawyr preparing for the Aniversari celebrations of Princess Cassidy of Gwellinor. Among rival princes, he will meet and prospectively court the young princess in the hopes of perhaps winning her hand and Gwellinor's throne. Madeleine Valois, the second-born daughter of a minor noble house, who through chance of circumstance was awarded the position of Oscar's handler many years prior, has groomed and prepared him for this moment. Protecting his interests in all things, even to the point of dying for her young master, if needed, her loyalty, devotion and friendship is rivaled by none. But all of that is put to the test as they both find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of politics with Madeleine's future hanging in the balance.

Valois' personality and character development is one of the things that makes the story work so well. Here we have a strong, smart, and for lack of a better word, kick ♥♥♥ woman who underneath it all is still caring and gentle when she needs to be. And although she tries to place logic and reason before all, behind a facade of composure and control there's a woman who has wants and desires, fears for the future, and the dream to one day have her own family, something that seems entirely unattainable in her current situation. Female protagonist or not, anyone reading this novel should have no problem understanding and relating to her in some way.

Each supporting character is just as interesting as Madeleine. Despite leaning towards standard tropes, they are written uniquely enough to break out of the generic moulds from which they come. This is refreshing in a genre that relies far too heavily on stereotypes. It helps that our prospective beaus (and belle, in the case of the maid) are not met with yet another timid and malleable heroine, their actions and reactions reflecting as much.

The story itself is intrigue-filled with a healthy dose of action sprinkled in. Piecing together details, formulating theories and guessing at the ultimate outcome only to be shocked as events take a turn for the unexpected, you'll be hooked before you realize it. The four character routes tell a separate piece of the story, and it's not until you've made it through them all that the how, the what and the why are revealed. I loved this aspect of the storytelling, although it almost requires a specific route order to get the full effect of the revelations; but I assure you the payoff is well worth it.

For the guys trying to decide if this "girl's romance" is worth a shot - yes, it most certainly is! Granted, there is a good bit of romance tossed in, including some pretty steamy situations (this is an otoge after all), but don't let that dissuade you from experiencing an engrossing tale of political intrigue and betrayal.

The presentation here is excellent with gorgeously detailed artwork and appealing UI. Of note are the completely redone background images that are far and away better than the originals. Detail and color come together to complement the character sprites which initially clashed against the sketchiness of the originals. Event CGs are also extremely well drawn with some beautiful and emotive imagery that truly enhances the story. These images are accompanied by a very ethnic-sounding acoustic soundtrack with Spanish guitar at its base lending an air of gentility to the game setting. A minor aside, I really enjoyed the French word usage for some of the terminology; such a small effect goes a long way in establishing a convincing courtly atmosphere.

I really cannot champion The Royal Trap enough. If you enjoy well-crafted visual novels, you need this one in your library. The price is very reasonable for the quality and length (13 hours to complete all 15 endings is not bad at all). This is the second time I have played through the entire game, the first over a year ago, and I certainly see myself coming back to re-experience it again in the future. Do yourself a favor and grab this gem when you can, don't wait for a sale or bundle, The Royal Trap is one visual novel that's definitely worth the full price.

Bottom Line: Recommended for all visual novel fans who appreciate well written stories with quality presentation behind it.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." - George Bernard Shaw

Hanako Games has been a remarkable name in the otome genre for quite some time now. As being one of Hanako's later games, The Royal Trap: The Confines Of The Crown is a marvelously elaborate adventure of royalty, politics, romance, intrigue and alliances in a late medieval fantasy realm - and probably Hanako's best game yet in my personal opinion.

Our story revolves around Madeleine Valois, a noble born young woman coming from an insignificant family, raised to attend Prince Oscar of Ocendawyr as his valette - a companion, an advisor, an agent and a maidservant. For the occasion of Princess Cassidy's aniversari - a celebration for the coming of age and a hosting various suitors to secure her future - Madeleine accompanies Oscar to the neighboring kingdom of Gwellinor. Considering the validity of a female heir is the central power for royalty in this setting, an already fierce race for the hand of Princess Cassidy is on. Yet, Madeleine will also find herself in a web of intrigues threatening not only the integrity of the crown, but the security of her own and her companions. As dangerous gossip concerning many secrets runs within the halls of royal palace, Madeleine tries to choose her allies carefully for her own means. Will she manage to dissolve the web of intrigue, or simply become a part of it to survive?

Overall, The Royal Trap is one of the best otome games both in means of an original setting and story elaboration that I've ever seen. The world and its various ways are depicted befitting 16th century power politics through heirs, names, titles and land with many anecdotes appropriately arranged into a unique setting. All characters are portrayed well beyond skin deep with profound personalities and background. They all are depicted with certain demeanors to establish certain means with unique abilities; possessing dreams, aims, insecurities and hopes which makes every one of them interesting and credible as a personality, breaking out of common stereotypes. Even the most ordinary of them possess their own depths with well written story elaboration.

Our protagonist, Madeleine is most certainly not our everyday shy and helpless heroine. She is a relatable and able personality with her stature, her training and her character. She is a smart and strong young woman who keeps both her wits and her charms about her. An incredible social player with an ability to observe, analyze and assess situations in the blink of an eye. She is calculating with a novel sense of duty and responsibility, yet she still carries her own worries and desires for the future silently. Her chosen interactions are various and always consistent with her traits. Our job here is to reveal what part of Madeleine's substantial personality will become victorious by the end through our choices. Each and every ending you may acquire feels probable and satisfying with the given personality, which is a masterful feat to accomplish in this genre.

For display purposes, artworks are genuinely beautiful anime style and CGs themselves are various with suitable expressions. There is no voice acting for any part, yet the soundtrack already establishes a rich and driving atmosphere through a gripping narrative - both describing actual events and commentating on Madeleine's train of thought. It's like reading a really good story with beautiful pictures presented on the side.

The game has 15 different endings - and a truckload of choice options - presenting alternatives for Madeleine's future and each one sheds some more light to the secrets within palace chambers. I'd highly recommend playing The Royal Trap: The Confines Of The Crown for every otome gamer and for whom would appreciate a good visual novel about court politics. Enjoy!

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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
The Royal Trap is one of the better visual novels I've played recently and the changes and expansions Hanako has made to the game for the Steam release are excellent. I originally played Royal Trap last year so I knew what to expect from the game, generally, but was excited to see the additions that were made in this version. I've only finished one route so far but I'mreally pleased in the way the expanded dialogue and text fleshes out the world and the characters in a more comprehensive manner.

So, with Royal Trap, there's actually 15 different endings: 3 endings per "normal" route, 2 endings on the "hidden" route, and an "alone" route where you don't pursue a relationship. I really enjoyed all four of the "normal" routes, particularly Oscar's which seems to have the most information and action, in terms of world-building (though I assume that's changed some in this version!).

One thing that makes the setting of the game really unique is that Royal Trap sets up the universe such that there's an interesting hint of matriarchy, in that the power is held by women within the story. I also appreciated that there's actually LGBTQ representation in the game, with two routes that let you choose women and three that let you choose men. There's also more representation specifically with the character of Cassidy, though I don't want to go too in depth as it'll spoil a large portion of the story.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I just recently got into visual novels and this is one of the first I tried. And I really liked it! I just failed to get one ending without internets help, it required very specific choices.


- Very good intriguing story. To get the whole picture you must play all of the storylines, which are 16 if I remember correctly, but it is worth it!
- Some of the endings are really unexpected which I liked a lot!
- Your choices actually change the story quite a lot. They are no minor choices, at least most of them and will change the ending most definetely.
- The skip system is great, it allows you to skip everything that you have already seen and stops automatically when you encounter something new. Very good especially if you play all storylines in about 3 days and you do not want to see the same things constantly.
- Art is really nice, especially the ones you can unlock in every storyline and can find back in the gallery
- Most characters are interesting and they all get some time in the spotlight and you learn interesting background stories for most of them
- The music is good, especially the battle music. I did not like all of it at first but it grows on you.


Not many cons, and most of them are probably personal but here goes.
- I did not like the fact that after all endings there were still questions unanswered, however possibly some people do not mind this.
- Bonus or true ending would have been nice, of course not game breaking or a real criticism, just would have been cool
- I cannot think of any real criticism I just really liked it

Just note that the game has no gameplay besides the choices, so if you do not like that than this is not the game for you.
If you love visual novels, you will love this!
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Madeleine Valois acts as a protector and companion of a young prince. While visiting another kingdom, she finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a mysterious political game that she must solve before it destroys her.

-A skilled heroine who is shown capable of protecting herself and those around her.
-A couple of unconventional endings that were interesting.

-Extremely large chunks of the story stayed the same, no matter whose alliance you had. So, things got pretty boring after a couple of run throughs.
-Only one ending where you have no alliances and it's a bad one. I would have liked to have seen one other ending where Maddie decides to go it alone and succeeds.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
Intrigues, interesting characters and plot, many choices and differents paths to take. What's not to like?
Thanks Hanako for another good VN
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
I got this in a bundle of games, first one I played out of them. I was a bit dissapointed because I expected more of an action based plot & game, but overall the game is fairly good. I should also mention that my game time on record is not really 30 hrs, and is actually idle time where I left the game open - actual game length is closer to about 4-5 hours.
I think the adventure genre on the store page should be dropped since there are not puzzles at all to solve, and no choices you can pick where you get a bad end or game over - you can just click through all the dialogue and get to an ending no matter what.

I do not know why people compare the game to Game of Thrones in intrigue, because there is no real intrigue going on at all. The only revealation is not even surprising if you paid attention to the game title or what that character actually looks like.
Most of the plot is predictable, and you can't actually choose your alliance till chapter 5 out of 7 - there are 4 varied plots and they have 2 chapters each so it is bacially 5 + 8 chapters altogether.

+ There is some nice use of music and fits the scenes well for the most part.
+ Some of the transitions were kind of cool.
+ Characters for the most part have a fair bit of backstory and are reasonably fleshed out.
+ Art is overall good, ending scenes were nicely done.
+ The main story (Oscar) is a good read.

- The actual story does not change much at all depending on choices (I'm not comparing it to a Telltale game just in general), no matter what alliance you pick the game will mostly be the same, especially for Callum/Dolores. One ending where you can go indepedent is just a flat out bad ending - you are stuck to picking a romance if you want a good ending.
- Princes could have been incorporated into the stories more rather than feeling like they vanish completely if don't select their route.
- At times I just wanted to read through and get to the ending as fast as I could because I found some parts dull (chapter 6 in particular).
- Some of the characters' motivations do not make sense, like how somebody will climb down a huge wall risking death or try to get you killed over one line (barely different) that you choose. It seemed like it should be a bigger deal for one line to motivate those things. Some reactions to lines are odd too.
- You are not Elodie from Save the Queen, you won't really need to do anything to survive, nothing to solve, no real dangers when you choose what to reply.
- Cassidy is creepy. The nature of her is not, but how she came about, I always wanted to skip parts relating to her - it semeed like a forced character for plot sake.

Verdict: As I mentioned the game is pretty short at around 5 hours with no real replayability (just make saves at choices) so I suggest you pick this up in a sale or a bundle if you want to play it. It is a nice VN, but you don't make impactful choices and the branching plots don't really branch out that much.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
I liked this game A LOT. Intuitive, intriguing, humorous, realitively well written... You should note that even though this is a "choose your oen adventure" its still a visual novel...with a heavy emphasis on the novel aspect. Its a lot of reading, and not a ton of choice making (especially in the first half). All the same, its quite enjoyable. Although there are (I think?) 15 different endings/tracks, there are only four that are REALLY different-- the others are variations of the four; however, with every track you take you get a bit more of the story, so you do have to complete pretty much all the ending for the the full circle of the plot. The characters are charming and unique to themselves, and each route is pleasing in a different way (Gaston's was my favorite-- very odd and humorous.). The main character is well-rounded and intellgent---something that I like to see in a female protagonist.

The replay-ablity is pretty good. The first and the third chapter (which are story heavy) are pretty much the same no matter the track, so they can be a bit tedious to get through, but the other 8 (or so?) will be different. The soundtrack is lovely; the art is strong in someplaces, and just sorta ok in others. This is also definitely not a dating sim, as many visual novels are. Several of the endings have a romance attached to them, but its harldly the focal point of the game.

My first playthrough took me about 2.5 hours. I'm sure you could go faster if you are more focused than I was (I was on a train with many distractions.)

I paid full price for the game, I do not regret that. I would do it again.

For people wondering if this is like Long Live the Queen: No. Its not strategy based for one thing. The emphasis on this is story, not survival (with a bit of story mixed in). However, the quality I would say is the same. Just know that it doesn't require near as much brain power.

P.S: Just for furter review validity, I want to mention that I have about 3 more hours of play time on this game that listed above. Dunno why it disappeared (maybe becasue I played it without being connected to the internet? I dunno.)
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
I love this game. The story is compelling, and the characters interesting. One issue that is often present with these types of games is that the female protagonist comes across as clueless or hopelessly naive, even outright daft. They often come across as a hollow shell, with now real life or motivation beyond that which the player ascribes to them. Happily this is not the case with 'Royal Trap'. Maddie is interesting and compelling, she is also competent and engaging. While there are occasions where she requires assistance or co-operation from others, this still remains on her terms, and she never falls into the 'damsel in distress' trope.

The game has great replayability since you only get the WHOLE story by playing the different routes. Each route (after the initial set up) is quite different, rather than a slight change in dialogue choices.

My only complaint is that my favourite route is not unlocked until your second playthrough. I didn't realise this and wound up with the bad ending, because the options I needed to take to avoid it, weren't available. So lesson learned: Save pursuing Callum till a later play through.

All in all I loved the game and heartily recommend it.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
For those with an interest in interactive fiction, this is highly recommended and stands, for me, as one of Hanako's best. The music is good, the art fitting with their usual style.

Yet the story and characters are the real standouts, in my opinion. Of course there are several different possible playthroughs, all telling very different elements of the same royal episode and, while I am not usually a completionist in any sense, I found myself caught up and drawn to completing as many possible endings as possible. In each playthrough a different character caught my attention and I was genuinely intrigued to see how the events played out for them. Further, I really appreciated that the romance element was there, but was not the primary storyline necessarily, making a more interesting storyline and an incredibly interesting universe.

Apologies for the brief review, but I'm tired after playing this game well into the night, so I will put it simply -- highly recommended.
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10.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
Played this several months ago. The story is all right, believable enough, and engaging for me at the time. The different endings and backstory were all decent. So I'll say "recommended", if it seems like it could be your thing.

HOWEVER, in retrospect, there are probably many more interesting visual novels out there that I could have played instead, and wish I had. This was only an OK game, not something I am all that happy to have spent my time on.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 12
A fun VN with great art and music, a tight, twisty plot and interesting characters. There's a really good selection of romances and endings here, including a lesbian and a polyamorous option (neither of which are obvious until they play out). It is, however, weirdly easy for a Hanako game - apart from a couple of misfires with Dolores and one with Callum, I unlocked all the happy endings on my first try, and at no point did a seemingly innocent choice made earlier result in sudden and brutal death for my character. It's also a little short on unlockables; having unlocked all the art and all the extra scenes with just the happy endings, I wasn't really motivated to see the bad and normal versions. Still, it's pretty good overall - maybe not worth full price but definitely worth picking up in a sale.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: September 2
Very good VN I highly recommend! The story is quite interesting, and the music is beautiful. The art is nice too.
I think the characters are overall great, I like them all, and all the routes are quite different, wich is nice. If you like the so called "strong female characters", then you should like the MC. I'm usually not too fond of main characters like her in VN, but even I like her.

I have a minor issue with it, but it's mild spoilers, so I'll have it blacked

While I really love Oscar's and Callum's routes, Nazagi's and Gaston felt a lot less polished - mostly Nazagi actually, when I was done my first thought was "welp... that was a rushed route". And they have VERY unconventional endings for such a game, wich may or may not be good depending of your tastes. I don't want to spoil it any more than that, but you're up for a surprise with them (Gaston more than Nazagi).
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
An interesting game... Multiple paths, multiple romance options... Overall, the story is interesting but it's not 10/10, GOTY. It's good, 6/10-7/10. Playable, enjoyable, but a bit boring. Still, no real complaints. I beat it completely after all. It's fun.
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13.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Awesome game with great music. Each path felt to me like the "real" ending. The protagonist is one of my favorite VN characters ever. Highly highly recommended. Might be the best VN I ever played.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
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4.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
Excellent visuals and well written storylines. Sifting through the loyalties and motivations of all the characters involved as you encounter twist after twist is highly engaging.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
Another great VN by Hanako Games! I liked the story and its characters, and I liked the fact that there are lots of possible endings. I just found this game too short tho, so it might be better to get it on a sale. A good story full of intrigues and worth playing.

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