Reigns Game Pigeon

Reigns is a super slick, simple, and funny kingdom management sim from Nerial and Devolver Digital. On the surface it just looks like a bunch of swiping to the left or right, but countless lives hang in the balance. Gamezebo’s Reigns tips, cheats and strategies will get your monarchy off the ground, and should help you keep your head on your shoulders. In theory.

King Me

  • Swiping left or right is about all the interaction you get, but direction does matter. Swiping to the right is usually the affirmative response while the left is negative – the results of your answers won’t always be immediately apparent, though.
  • Drag the panel in either direction to see what the response will be. By tapping and dragging (but NOT letting go) you can see the exact reply you’re about to give, as well as get a vague idea of how it’ll influence the four principle categories (all shown along the top of the screen).
  • The Church – represented by a cross, and always (but not exclusively) influenced in some way or another when dealing with issues involving religion (obviously), witchcraft, and science.
  • The People – represented by a stick figure, and depicts the overall happiness of your subjects. Things like quality of life issues, wars, and taxes will have an effect here – along with miscellaneous other things.
  • The Army – represented by a sword. This will go up and down depending on various decisions involving war, punishing or recruiting soldiers, and so on.
  • The Treasury – Represented by the almighty dollar. All financial decisions will have an effect on it, as will most other actions that require any form of government involvement – things like deploying troops, studying sciences, building things, etc.
  • The bottom of the screen displays the current king’s name, the current in-game year, how many years the king has been in power so far, and whatever long-lasting effects might still be going on.
  • Lasting effects are displayed as icons in the bottom-right corner of the screen and can do anything form lessening the severity/likelihood of certain major problems (i.e. famine, the plague, etc) to causing various levels to rise and fall automatically over time. You can see what’s currently in effect by tapping on the icons’ display.
  • Only four lasting effects can be active at the same time. If you acquire a new one, an older effect will be removed. Some effects will simply stop functioning over time as well.

Decisions, decisions

  • Almost every single swipe you make will change the levels of satisfaction from the church, the happiness of your subjects, the strength of your army, or your wealth. Again, if you drag but don’t finish a swipe you’ll be able to see a sort of preview of how things will be affected – depicted by small dots that appear next to each category..
  • The size of the dots matters. The bigger the dot, the more significant the change will be. As for whether or not it will go up or down, that’s for you to intuit.
  • It’s usually pretty easy to figure out how things will be affected. If there are dots next to the Treasury and the Church, and the decision involves building more places of worship, holding services, or whatever, there’s a good chance that saying “yes” will make the Church happy and take money from the Treasury. If a choice involves drafting citizens into the army, and the dots are next to your Subjects and Army, saying “no” will reduce the Army’s strength but make your Subjects happier. There’s definitely a logic to it, although that won’t always be apparent right away.

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  • Try to avoid filling up or emptying out any of the categories. If you max out the money in the Treasury, you’ll die choking on food at a fancy celebration. If you push your Subjects too hard and they run out of patience, you’ll be overthrown. Either extreme is bad, so you’ll want to try to delicately balance everything as best you can.
  • Some choices will stick with you for years – even centuries. If, for example, you decide to start a Crusade, it won’t ever stop until you’re given the choice to end it. It’ll just keep going, through as many different monarchies as it takes, until you finally call it quits.
  • Crusades are a serious commitment. They’ll cause your population to fall while your cash reserves fill up – in real time – so you won’t be able to take your time deciding, and you’ll also need to balance your Treasury and Subjects at a frantic pace.
  • Some choices, such as allowing special characters into your court (i.e. the doctor, the witch, etc) will permanently add more “cards” to the “deck,” giving you even more possible choices in the future.
  • Marrying a princess or signing peace treaties will raise the levels of everything a bit. Throwing parties will reduce your riches but improve everything else.

The Dungeon (yes, there’s a dungeon)

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  • You can only enter the dungeon when given the choice. Nothing bad happens if you decide to ignore it, but you’ll have to wait for it tome come up again if you want to take it on.
  • As soon as you commit to exploring the dungeon, your kingdom’s various important things will start to fall off every second. Don’t go delving unless you think you have the reserves to handle it – or unless you simply don’t care about your kingdom falling into chaos while you’re away.
  • The point of the dungeon is exploration. There are a lot of doors that lead to who knows where, but you should be able to find a treasure chest with some goodies if you’re persistent. You’ll also want to scour the place for keys so that you can unlock the exit – if you find it.
  • Combat is mostly a matter of reading your opponent, then striking at them in order to push them out of bounds. You’ll need to attack when they’re open, defend when they’re attacking, and generally try to keep your back as far away from the edge of the screen as possible.
Publisher(s)Devolver Digital
Designer(s)François Alliot
Programmer(s)François Alliot
Artist(s)Mieko Murakami
Writer(s)François Alliot
Platform(s)Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
  • 11 August 2016
  • Nintendo Switch
  • 20 September 2018

Reigns is a strategy video game developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Set in a fictional medieval world, it places the player in the role of a monarch who rules the kingdom by accepting or rejecting suggestions from advisors. The game was released digitally for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows in August 2016.

A sequel, titled Reigns: Her Majesty, in which the player acts as a queen consort, was released in December 2017. Reigns and its sequel were released for Nintendo Switch, under the collective title Reigns: Kings & Queens, in September 2018.[1] A third entry in the Reigns series, Reigns: Game of Thrones, was released in October 2018.[2]


Screenshot showing the player accepting the suggestion from 'Gotfried Writhe' by swiping the card to the right

Assuming the role of a medieval king, the player swipes left or right on a card depicting an advisor, in order to accept or reject their suggestion. Each decision will have a consequence, changing the balance between the four pillars of the society: The church, the people, the military, and wealth. The king's reign ends whenever one of the four metric bars becomes full or empty, and the game continues with the player controlling their heir.[3][4] Various in-game events can also lead to the king's demise.

Throughout the course of the game, the player may experience different kinds of events, which are scripted or caused by the player's decisions. Such events can have one-time or recurring effects on the game, such as causing the death of the next advisor if their suggestion is rejected.[5]


The game was developed by London-based game studio Nerial. In an opinion piece published on Polygon, François Alliot, lead developer of the game, commented that the team wanted to 'mock the way our societies tend to deal with complexity', citing Brexit as an example. The developers intended to make the player feel the disconnect between the simplicity of the 'swipe' control scheme and the consequences their decisions lead to, which inevitably result in the king's demise at the end of each reign.[6]

The interactive soundtrack of the game, titled Songs of Reigns, is available on Steam.[7]


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Aggregate score
MetacriticiOS: 87/100[8]
PC: 77/100[9]
Review scores
The Guardian[3]
Pocket Gamer8/10[10]

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According to Metacritic, Reigns has garnered 'generally favorable' reviews. Reviewers praised the simplicity of its control scheme, noting its similarity to the 'Swipe' interface in social app Tinder.[10][3] However, Alex Hern from The Guardian found certain choices in the game 'nonsensical', and of unclear consequences.[3]

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The game won the international competition at the 2017 Ludicious convention.[12] It was nominated for 'Best Mobile Game' of Unity Awards 2016, and 'Use of Narrative' of Develop Awards 2016.[13][14]


  1. ^Romano, Sal (11 September 2018). 'Reigns: Kings & Queens launches September 20'. Gematsu.
  2. ^'Reigns: Game of Thrones launching October 18th - Gamezebo'. 23 August 2018.
  3. ^ abcdHern, Alex (7 September 2016). 'Reigns review: the medieval strategy game based on Tinder'. The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  4. ^Tsukayama, Hayley (15 December 2016). 'A app for reign-y days'. The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ abDotson, Carter (10 August 2016). ''Reigns' Review – Reign in Blood'. TouchArcade. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. ^Alliot, François (15 September 2016). 'How we mixed Tinder and politics to make a premium hit on mobile'. Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  7. ^'Songs of Reigns: Interactive OST'. Steam. Valve. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. ^'Reigns for iPhone/iPad Reviews'. Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^'Reigns for PC Reviews'. Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  10. ^ abSlater, Harry (11 August 2016). 'Reigns review – A strategy game mixed with Tinder'. Pocket Gamer. Steel Media. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  11. ^Allen, Jennifer (12 August 2016). 'Reigns Review: Decisions, Decisions'. Gamezebo. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  12. ^'Reigns wins the International Competition at the Zurich Game Festival'. Pocket Gamer. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  13. ^'Unity Awards 2016 – Winners'. Unity. Unity Technologies. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  14. ^Batchelor, James (4 May 2016). 'Develop Awards 2016: And the finalists are...'Develop. NewBay Media.

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