By: Derek Yu

On: May 4th, 2015

Royals is a fun little strategy game from Asher Vollmer, one of the creators of Threes (iOS). As a peasant seeking to attain royalty, each turn on the game’s randomly-built map takes a year of your life, which you can spend accruing resources in a variety of ways. Saying anything more would spoil the fun of figuring out how everything works. You can download Royals on a “pay what you want” basis.

  • Geetha Darling

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  • Ryan Szrama

    Clever little game. Gonna have to spend some time on it to have any clue what I’m doing. Reminds me of the trailer I saw for Hero Generations, but decidedly lo-fi. : D

  • Radd

    An excellent part of the sales pitch you didn’t mention is it’s, I believe, “a game from long ago you can’t find the manual for”. It’s an interesting exercise, and doesn’t take up too much of your time to finish!

  • Derek Yu

    Very true! Reminds me of rifling through my parent’s floppies as a kid (that sounds so wrong) and playing weird DOS games I found on them.

  • Naveen

    I’ve been playing for the last hour or so. I enjoy it very much. But I die way too early. How do I get a sustainable method of health income?


  • Ryan Szrama

    I’m still trying to figure out what stat to optimize for… Maybe I’ll just become a one man killing machine and win through anarchy. : P

  • Jabberwok

    I wish it didn’t tell you the controls at the beginning…

  • mtarini

    Clever little game indeed.
    Found two different strategies for winning (I wonder if there’re others). Had fun.

    My only *suggestion* is that the game shouldn’t ask me if I want to “do it yourself” before there’s an option to do otherwise, i.e. until I get my 1st follower.

    That’s because, while I like the challenge to understand the rules, that part sounded a bit too mysterious at first. It sounded even misleading (and funny): my first understanding was that the peasant I played in the game resented me, the player, for wanting him to work in the fields, and angrily suggested that, if I really wanted it done, I should “do that myself”.

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