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Reigns update adds 100 cards, including fake elephant

Monarchical muff-ups

"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 added over 100 new cards, including new deaths and not an elephant.

Those 100-odd new cards include one new character, three new deaths, five new objectives, and one fake elephant, according to the patch notes. They also note that Reigns should now be "slightly less repetitive" and the main plot "slightly easier to solve."

Today's update also added an option to reset the game by holding R for five seconds.

Let's go back for more words from Alec after his time swiping left and right to make binary big decisions affecting his kingdom:

"First time or two around, perhaps like me you'll be an idealist, striving to do whatever's best. One library too many, or one too many refusals to let the army stamp out any rebellion, and it's game over. My moral conscience eroded steadily over time, as my focus shifted to keeping the plates spinning. The bigger picture and all that: what#s the point in being a good king if I'm too dead to do any good?

"So the moral drift is inevitable, my interest no longer in trying to help the poor starving peasants but instead trying to keep my head on my shoulders, and my shoulders out of the dungeons, and the dungeons not taken over by raging warriors from the East, and so on. A reign is usually brief, but the longer you can live, the more blackly comic stories you’ll see unfurl, the more characters you'll meet and even the more cards you'll add to your deck."

Reigns is £1.99/2,99€/$2.99 on Steam and GOG buuut Alec did ultimately recommend you get it on its home format, the pocket telephone, if you can. This update is in pockets today too.

If you dig it, hey, Devolver have popped out a wee documentary visiting developers Nerial in glamorous Catford.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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