Reigns was one of the biggest surprises to hit the mobile gaming world upon its release, and we’ve been VERY PATIENTLY (not at all patiently) awaiting the sequel to the Tinder-meets-Game-of-Thrones swipe-em-up. But we wait no longer: Reigns: Her Majesty dropped on Google Play on Thursday and it’s as delightful as anticipated.

The game places the player’s butt square on the throne of a kingdom that has to balance the feelings of the church, the people, the army and its own treasury. Each scenario, problem or general happening is presented in a format that has you swiping left or right to make a decision. Usually that’s in the form of a “yes” or “no,” or rather, an affirmative or negative.

Where the game shines is its writing. At its core, it’s an actually tense and difficult strategy game about managing various resources, but on the surface it’s a fun and incredibly silly exercise in what can ultimately be considered futility.

That is to say, one shouldn’t be surprised if your queen’s time on the throne ends suddenly and violently just a few swipes into her reign. The chances for said queen to wind up old and well-loved are fairly low, if not impossible in most situations. Sometimes there’s not much you can do to stop the people from violently overthrowing your terrible regime. Sometimes appeasing the notoriously hard-to-appease church is simply not realistic.

But it’s always entertaining. Every second of Reigns: Her Majesty (as with the first game) is entertaining and worth experiencing. Check out the launch trailer below.

Reigns: Her Majesty is $2.99 on Google Play.


James founded Destination Android and writes about sports for Vox Media's SB Nation. He is a mindless jerk who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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