Tin­der King­dom

HK Magazine - - GADGETS -

Here’s a great lit­tle smart­phone game that’s well worth your time: Reigns. In it you play a king try­ing to run his realm, keep­ing the var­i­ous fac­tions happy while fill­ing the royal cof­fers. The game­play me­chanic is sim­ple, and boils down to “swipe right for yes, swipe right for no.” Yes, it’s ba­si­cally Royal Tin­der.

But it’s also much more than that. Each turn you have to make de­ci­sions in which the out­comes might not be clear, or de­cide to—for ex­am­ple—harm the peo­ple in or­der to strengthen the church. You play for as long as you can, un­til you die an al­most in­evitably grisly death—and then you start again as your suc­ces­sor, hope­fully a lit­tle wiser (and a lit­tle more jaded). It’s wickedly funny and whim­si­cal with a dark un­der­cur­rent, and well worth the price of a cof­fee. $23, from App Store and Google Play, de­volverdig­i­tal.com

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