Hi, I completed the demo and I loved it :D Any idea of how much the game will cost when it comes out?
A downloadable game
"...A world is supported by four things...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling."
- Frank Herbert
When your brother, the King, is killed in an ongoing war with the neighboring country of Tawar, you are named next in line for the throne.
No one said wearing a crown would be easy, however. It will take all of your charm, cunning, and strength as a ruler to keep it.
There is also the small matter of your suitors...
... An elegant former tutor who seems a little too determined to hold you at arms length, a tempestuous lord whose bid for your hand could decide the fate of the kingdom, and even a surprisingly witty ambassador from the very country you are at war with...
Settle the conflict in your kingdom and decide who - if anyone - will be at your side when it ends.
Set in the medieval fantasy setting of Sinado, Queen's Crown, is a visual novel otome game influenced heavily by Bioware titles such as Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, and Planescape: Torment. Political intrigue and danger abound, even as you woo one of the three eligible suitors.
Only the demo is playable at the moment, but the full game will be available for purchase on Steam once development is complete.
The demo features:
- A nameable protagonist whose actions and personality are determined by you!
- A stat-building system made up of 3 different attributes: Intelligence, Strength, and Charisma
- Opportunities to build stats manually as well as in casual conversation for heightened role-playing potential!
- Roughly 45,000 words of content or about 1-2 hours of gameplay
- Original music composed by the talented Noyemi K!
- So much drama...
Features that will be added or updated in the future:
- A fully-customizable sprite for the protagonist
- Detailed, hand-drawn BGs
- Lots and lots of CGs
- Improved GUI
- Unzip the desired .zip file.
- Extract to desktop or memorable location.
- Run the game file from inside of the folder.
Note: While not a very graphic-heavy game, some testers have reported lag on older laptops and computers, especially while other programs are running simultaneously.
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Not entirely sure yet, but it should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $20. Definitely no more than that. :)
I enjoyed this demo more than I've enjoyed many commercial games. December is way too far away! I want to play this so badly it's not even funny, and I'm quite disappointed that I missed the Kickstarter.
I'd just like to say that the dialogue choices are phenomenal. Way too often when I've tried to play VNs about royalty or nobility, I'm very put off by the childish dialogue choices or the downright stupid actions the protagonist has as their only "options". There has been more than one game I've actually stopped playing out of sheer exasperation, because the character is supposed to be nobility but they're acting like a modern teenager. This one of the rare times I've seen a VN where royalty can actually act like royalty. In fact, I think it might actually be only the second time, and the first one I played did not in any way live up to your demo.
And the characters! The characters are excellent, all of them. I'm already in love with Jeisa -- incredibly in love; she's amazing -- and as soon as Noah walked in and made his first impression my reaction was "You. You are the one." I'd like to note that all of the interactions with him after that only cemented my decision.
I actually really loved Bianka as well. She was conniving and desperate and very, very human. I understood her motivations and sympathized with them, for all that she threatened "my" potential rule, and her true reason for doing what she did was heartbreaking and handled wonderfully. I'm just curious, will there perhaps be an early-on "Bad End" if you fail to correctly handle the accusation of treason? I know that didn't happen in the demo regardless of the choices made, but I just thought it might be interesting, that's all. Or if you banish her, will she come back to haunt you? I'd love to see more of her.
I've played the demo about five times, making different choices to see everything there was to offer, and had just as much fun every time. I have no complaints. Absolutely none.
tl;dr: where is this game i must have it immediately
Ah, thank you for the kind words! It's really gratifying to hear that you enjoyed the dialogue choices and writing style! I know where you're coming from when you say that this concept has been done poorly before... I've played some VNs that have disappointed me in that respect and others that have delighted me! I think if the game is going for a more light-hearted or whimsical tone, it's fine. :)
I'm super happy to hear that the characters resonated with you, as well. Noah seems to be the favorite by far! Hahaha... As for Bianka, I'm glad that you mentioned her. I identified with her pretty strongly when I wrote her, so I think she wound up coming across surprisingly sympathetic (I'm always shocked at how many players say they like her). Some of it depends on dialogue choice, of course, which leads into the second part of your comment...
Whether or not you see Bianka again is up to you. :) Make certain choices and it's pretty likely you haven't heard the last of her, but keep in mind that Bianka is a savvy politician; unless she believes she has a clear advantage, she won't show her cards. For the treason accusation, there will not be an early Bad End, but poor follow-through choices can possibly lead you to some down the line. Most kingdoms aren't felled by a single bad decision, and bad rulers sometimes reign a looooong time before someone or something topples them (I think we can take GoT as an example!) so I've tried not to have many "Bad Ends" of the one-bad-choice-and-you're-screwed variety.
Haha, sorry about the really long response! TL:DR - Glad you enjoyed the game! Thank you! ;)
will it be available for windows when the full game comes out?? :(
IM SO EXCITED TO PLAY THIS GAME AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH
I'm so excited for this game's full version to come out! When do you think that will be? Can I expect it soon?
Sorry, not trying to badger you, I just really loved the demo and can't wait for the whole thing!
Ah, it's no trouble! I just wish I had better news: the finished game is shooting for a release date of December 2017. I know that's a bit of a long ways off, sorry. :(
Thank you very much for the kind words and I hope you enjoy the final product!
This is the only thing I want for Christmas, and it's not out yet.
I came to find games that'll fill the spaces while I wait for my real games to be released. lol I fell in love with this. I've played many hardcore games and honestly, I never expected to find a character that I could play to behave as royalty is stereotypically supposed to, that could also believably be born to rule. She isn't stupid, nor is she confusingly low class in manner or speech. Her responses are to die for. I cannot wait for the full release.
I've also almost bought every game that's on Choice of Games; plus a couple on here, since I've played this. There are some wonderful ones out there, although this is just a demo, I'd rate it as one of the best ones I've played.
Looking forward to more of your games. Take care!
Belated response incoming!
I'm really flattered that the game managed to win you over despite only being a demo! The fact that you find the character believable and her responses satisfying is really wonderful to hear, as those are the two things I work hardest at conveying. Thank you so much for the kind words and I hope that the finished game meets all of your expectations! :D
Hi ! This game is awesome, I just played the demo, is there already a final version or do we have to wait ? I love the story, every character, especially Emry :D
I hope we'll play the final version soon !!
Thank you so much and sorry about the late response! The final version of the game should be released around December of 2017... That's a bit of a long ways off, but I hope the finished product will be worth the wait!
Seamlessly blend meaningful and lasting decision-making, memorable characters with real backgrounds and motivations, numerous good intrigues, a coherent plot, a main character whose personality is really defined through our choices subtle, classy romance, gorgeous art, with clever music...And you get A Queen's Crown.
Well...This delicious visual novel is not unlike the full text-based game Choice of the Court, but much more beautiful, and with much more powers in our choices and an actually interesting love interests.
If the demo is of such quality, then the final version promises to be golden indeed. Because just its demo version is probably the more entertaining medieval-fantastic politics sim game out there yet.
To give a more personal review of my playthrough, I'd say, I really enjoyed replaying the demo again and again to see hos the decision-NPC reaction really worked, beyond of the different lines that would follow and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it changed wholes scenes, that my main character's overall personality was remembered more acutely than simply being good or bad... it was refreshing for me to be able to play as a queen in that manner.
Regarding the characters, I positively loved Jeisa, the guards, the Queen(Regent, Emry, Noah, oh my. Everyone was solid, full fledged characters that really seemed to interact with the mc instead of just dacing along the line of a rigid plot with barely two or three branches.
Regarding the romance, It seemed from the demo that Emry and Noah were able to to respond in two positive ways to their interactions with main character, whether she shows herself demure or daring. Need I say how satisfying such a tiny detail makes it all to me? It's quite different regarding most visual novel dynamics. It kind of says...a main character doesn't have to canter to any man's whim to win his respect or affection. It"s both comforting and empowering.
Okay, now, about the the guys themselves...
I can imagine that Teiren could be useful for money...if being a queen left time to babisit a socially awkward boy, that is. But (even if his charset was as mesmerizing as that of his rivals—which it isn't in my very personal opinion—I still get a feeling that the politics would not be forgiving enough for me to spend so much time solving his whimsical riddle. (Now don't pay attention to this comment; it's only my reaction to the game, nothing close to a critique of anything. I loved how you wrote absolutely everything.)
Then, there is Noah. Beside of his gorgeous charset, I mean. Noah is interesting due to his origins, different traditions, diplomat position, the huge military benefits our relationship could bring.
Finally there is Emry... The only adventage of marrying him I can see would be that given his skills, how well the mc knows him, and his loyalty to the country, there would a certain comfort to have a king who can rule himself when the mc needs to call in sick, heh. He would at least take off half of the crown heaviness. Even though he seems quite demending in his own way, and I don't think he would leave the mc slack off even if he could step up. Because he kinds of worries / mind what the people would say / seems to want to keep her power in some aspects / and overall just is his old tutor self. ... Now that I think of it. It would be most interesting to be able to push him far enough for him to consider betraying the mc. Because there will be betrayal, will it not?
And...that was the sensible part about what I had to say about him. Because, now, well...beside of how much I heart the subtle fluctuations of his...classy and magnifiscent charset. Well. Yeah, I'm afraid that these kind of characters make me magically turn into putty. No matter how they romances the mc, I just can't help be feel inspired by them. It doesn't help that this one was actually the mc's tutor. They're usually kind of the element that makes me ambitious, eager to prove myself. They are usually a little bit harder to please (not that I'm complaining, Emry is quite perfectly austere already! ^^") So earning their favor, their respect, then loyalty, their interest feels as much satisfying that unwrapping a present or unraveling a tricky court plot. So...yeah, but no, I'm not biased, I'm just putty (it's not the same—)
Though... Now that I've read there might just be a fourth character, who just might be an adorable woobie... oh my, it's going to be difficult to make a choice... (...do I have to?)
Okay, I'll conclude here to spare you the rantings of a puddle of putty. You might need this brain before I risk making it leak out of your ears, after all.
*Putty puddles unite!* This response is unforgivably late, mostly because I didn't really know where to start and I really wanted to do such an in-depth and thoughtful review justice! I'll just say...
This comment. This comment is everything I've tried to deserve.
I'm so, so, SO happy that you liked the characters so much. There's still quite a few layers to peel back with them; a lot to learn about their motivations and feelings toward the MC... I really, really hope that the end result lives up to your lofty praise! Thanks once again.
I LOVE this game. Seriously, I'm sure this will be one of my favorite games ever when it comes out. It has so many choice options! And the story is interesting. I've never been this enthusiastic about a game in development.
Ah, I'm flattered! Thanks so much for the kind words, and I pray that the finished product doesn't disappoint!
For the sake of accurately expressing my my excitement for this game, I will now use a word that I have before never used in my life: jubilation.
I cannot tell you how many times I've sat down to play a game, claiming to give the player "control" over the majority of decisions, when in reality, either only select choices were left to the player, the choices were completely inconsequential (i.e. whether your character chooses to take a gun or a knife for protection, when your character is disarmed immediately upon entering a combative situation), the choice options were unrealistic and completely polarized, or some infuriating mix of the three.
The fact that the player is not only allowed to ACTUALLY decide fate of their knights and maid, and even more joyously, to do so separately, but also that the punishment options are reasonable and varied, makes me very hopeful and excited for release of this game.
I will be waiting with bated breath.
Ahaha... I have to admit that I've run into the same issues with visual novels that I've played in the past as well... Offering varied, meaningful choices is something that I try to incorporate wherever I can. It's very important to me, so it's always wonderful to hear when players think I succeed. :)
Thanks so much for the support and I hope the full release meets your high expectations! :D
Gobsmacked when I found out it was a Demo. Would you be kind enough to inform me when the full version it released btw I can't buy it because haha I'm still 12.
I have only just begun this game, and have no yet decided on which route to follow (leaning towards Noah) , but already I am thoroughly enjoying it. I love how there is a variety of choices in conversation, and the character sprites and artwork is really beautiful. It is also very beautifully written, it really reminds me of Game of Thrones, which I'm also a huge fan of. However, I really wish it was an option to romance the Queens personal guard, Ser Korin, he is absolutely adorable! (The scene where it looks like Lady Jeisa is flirting with him in my head I was like NO JEISA GO AWAY I WANT HIM!) :'D Anyway I pretty much made an account on here just to write this message haha! Just wanted to say I'm really enjoying the game and I can't wait to keep playing and to see more of you work in the future! :D
First off, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the rest of the game! Korin is a real cutie, isn't he? Haha... I thought about making him a romance option, but he really is too intimidated by the MC's position and power to be attracted to her. He respects her, definitely, but even Jeisa is a bit out of his league, to be honest, and he's very aware of that.
That being said, we got funded for a 4th romance option on Kickstarter (Desmond the Stablemaster), and he will (hopefully!) fulfill the adorable woobie niche, haha... Thanks again!
No problem at all! I totally understand and I really admire all the thought that goes into your characters, it makes it so much more believable and interesting!
Oh wow that's awesome congratulations! I can't wait to see how the game will progress, and I like the sound of him already haha! Thanks for the reply!
Why is the Kickstarter close? WHYYY?! Or is it really close? huhuhu Are there other ways to avail the freebies? (btw, congraaats on having a successful Kickstarter campaign~) huhuhu :DD I AM SOO EXCITED WITH THE GAAAME. I wanna say 'please release it nooow!' buut I know you can't rush genius soo... well, Imma have to wait. I'm so sorry I was late and was not able to support the campaign but buuut~ well, just saying you have one extra fan here (I had to make an account just to comment here lol). Anyway, Imma support you guys morally. weee~ GOOD LUCK!
PS. I just loove all the characters. Your plot reminds me so much of Seven Kingdoms. Just that, unlike Seven Kingdoms that overwhelmed me with its stat raising at the start, yours... yours I find definitely more amazing. It did not overwhelm me with the stat. Moreover, the 'defining personality' part was integrated smoothly as you progress with the game (and not really at the start of ze game). Anywaay, I DEFINITELY LOVE PLOTS LIKE THIS! And wouldn't have minded giving my all out support just to have it successfully completed. XDD <3 :D
Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the game! As far as the "freebies" go, I'm planning on selling the artbooks, walkthrough guides, and maybe some of the other rewards at a later time, when the full game is released. Not sure about the details and prices yet, though!
Hahaha... Feel free to follow us on facebook, twitter or tumblr if you want more updates and announcements. Thanks again! ♥
Made an account to say to loved Queen's Crown? Me too!
The kickstart has ENDED!
I just saw the promotion video for the first time and I smacked myself in the face when I saw Noah saying "Truly, you are the most splendid thing I have ever beheld."
Isn't that a Japanese-ish way to say things; to start a sentence with "truly"? I think I've seen enough anime to know that starting a sentence with "truly" is truly/honto ni Japanese-ish.
(shrugs) But that's not what I really wanted to say.
Hey, Agashi. I saw the list of things the kickstrat supporters get as thank you presents, and I wanted to ask if any of them will be sold separately in the future after the game is released. I really would like to have the art book....but I can't just spend $75+ you see.....OTL
plus there no time left .....OTL
Hey there! I don't know about the "truly" thing. I was thinking about it more from a Game of Thrones/Dragon Age mindset when I wrote it, and I think it's just a medieval way of speaking.
We will definitely be selling some of the Kickstarter rewards - like the walkthrough guide and the Artbook - later on after the game is released. I'm not sure about pricing and other details yet, but it's something I'm planning on, for sure!
Oh GOOD! I really wanted some of the Kickstart rewards. I'm not too sure how much I'm allowed to spend, but I think I can manage as long as a single product is over $100.
As for the "truly" thing, it was just an opinion and a bit of a tantrum really. As much as I have a list of animes I like, it's sometimes really annoying for me when those anime influences seem like they're everywhere. It makes me feel like people somehow think that things have to be a certain way to be seen interesting. I may be just being sensitive, though. Thanks for answering, and I really hope to see the full game!
I SO wish I could just give you the remaining $2669+ so that you guys can have your own website AND plan a sequel......
I wish you could give us $2669 too. ;)
Love it. Just simply love this game. I made this account so I could just say this. I'm looking forward the full game. I'm willing to pay.
Oh wow, thank you... Thank you for taking the time to do that and leave a comment! I hope that the final product meets your expectations. :)