Card games and medieval themes aren’t usually exclusive, and Nerial‘s monarch simulator is proof enough that the concept works.
Ruling a kingdom isn’t easy, as can be seen in indie strategy hit Kingdom: New Lands, but it can also be less complicated when simply deciding which cards to play out when confronted by important decisions. Being a mobile game as well, the swiping-left-or-right gameplay makes sense, but it should also work on the PC.
Advisors, peasants, allies, and enemies constantly request to be heard, requiring the player to decide between the most influential factions of the kingdom one tries to rule. This also means managing money and thinking about heirs. Each decision decides the fate of the kingdom and its king, so despite the very simple premise of choosing between cards and the rather simple presentation, it’s a game that doesn’t sacrifice depth for accessibility.
Mixing all kinds of historical events and maintaining a dark sense of humor, e.g. with burning witches, scientific enlightenment, twisted politics, and all sorts of kingly deaths, this game should give a good simulation glimpse into the life of a medieval monarch. It’s now available on both PC, Android, and iOS, while there’s also a Collector’s Edition including the original soundtrack, a companion book, and a semi-interactive soundtrack, the latter of which sounds especially appealing.
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