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Reigns

4 weeks ago

Feature: Low-pressure area

Mellowing out with management games

My body betrayed me last month, trapping me in my bed when it wasn’t sending me rushing to my poor, overworked loo. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t work and so I turned to management games to take my mind off the virus squatting inside me. Juggling budgets, disasters and production chains might not sound particularly relaxing, but there’s also a swathe of low-pressure sims that…

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Reigns: Game of Thrones sets familiar heads rolling today

Monarchic decide 'em up Reigns was always close in spirit to Game Of Thrones. Thanks to a cross-promotion deal that I'm certain someone sold their soul for, they're now one and the same, and out today. Reigns: Game Of Thrones combines the Tinder-inspired UI of Nerial's series with the multiple perspectives and familiar world of HBO's wildly successful TV novel adaptation. The game lets players…

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3 months ago

Reigns really becomes Game Of Thrones in new official game

"Game Of Thrones + Tinder = You Died," our Alec said in his Reigns review after swiping through cards to make binary decisions in the medieval monarch RPG. Well, that equation is about to get even simpler: "Reigns: Game Of Thrones = You Died." An official Game Of Thrones version of Reigns is coming soon, developers Nerial and publishers Devolver Digital announced today. Swipers will…

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11 months ago

Fantastical Tinder sim Reigns: Her Majesty is out now

Nerial's Reigns is a simple (if strange-sounding) concept stretched to its absolute limits. Take the UI of dating-for-impatient-people app Tinder, and use it to steer the life of a monarch one meeting at a time, juggling political threats and multiple story-threads all through the simple, binary act of swiping left or right. Today, you can get a second helping of this strange but compelling formula.…

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12 months ago

Reigns: Her Majesty swipes right to December 7th

Nerial's Reigns was such a lovely surprise. An utterly unique take on role-playing that worked a little like King of Dragon Pass mashed up with Tinder. Slipping gracefully into your role as King, a procession of courtly visitors sidled up on your PC or mobile phone screen, and you swiped left or right to answer their queries and requests with either a positive or negative slant. Simple, but…

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1 year ago

Reigns: Her Majesty coronated later this year

2016's Reigns crunched the complexities of running a kingdom down to yes/no decisions selected simply by swiping left and right, causing Alec's Reigns review to declare "Game Of Thrones + Tinder = You Died." Today developers Nerial announced a sequel, named Reigns: Her Majesty [official site], which jumps forwards in time a little as the focus shifts to queens. A renaissance is upon us but…

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Feature: Tinder meets Game of Thrones

Have You Played… Reigns?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Swipe right to build homes for the poor. Swipe left to refuse to help the priests being charged protection money by the army. Swipe again and again to to make decision after decision until death befalls your king in Reigns [official site].

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Feature: Cheap games for the weekend

Best PC gaming deals of the week

Another week has gone by and with it came the news of Destiny 2, a Witcher TV show and a whole stack of new gaming deals to check out. Conveniently enough, I’m here to take a closer look at that last thing and it’s about the only thing that’s keeping me from playing more Prey. Without further hesitation, let’s go ahead and check out what’s…

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2 years ago

Reigns update adds 100 cards, including fake elephant

"Game Of Thrones + Tinder = You Died," Alec declared when he told us Wot He Thought of left-right-swiping monarch simulator Reigns [official site]. He enjoyed it, y'see, though I don't know whether he engaged in intercourse with his PC or... I don't know how this all works. Whatever he does, he (and you) can now do more of it, as a free update has…

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Just Can’t Wait To Be King? Reigns Is Out Today

Reigns [official site] is a game of decision-making and courtly governance that was described by Adam as Crusader Kings meets Tinder. You get presented with card after card of choices and have to swipe left or right (or in our case, click) in order to say yes or no to your courtiers’ requests. It’s also out today. I’ve just played 20 minutes of it. One…

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3 years ago

Crusader Kings Meets Tinder: Reigns

Swipe left to appease the peasants, swipe right to buy new golden mitres for the clergy. Or perhaps it's left to repel a viking invasion using force or right to offer them half of your worldly goods in the hopes that they'll take pity and lay off the pillaging for a while. Reigns [official site] is a new game from London-based Nerial, to be published…

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