The 11 Best Indie Games of 2016

9. Reigns

This is a brilliant ‘choose your own adventure’ game, with players considering how to solve a number of crises. You can make binary choices to resolve the ongoing crises, but these choices do act like scales that tip the kingdom’s ethos one way or another. The risks in the game must be calculated and outcomes are never certain. Ultimately, the game is about balance -- the king can’t please all of the people all of the time!

Reigns is written economically, but with a malevolent streak that genuinely makes players believe that they will succeed; when without practice, they won’t. Reigns is a game about choice and heavy with consequence. It totally delights in its cloistered malevolence. Long may it reign. The game is available on SteamiOS and Android and was released in August 2016.


Published Dec. 2nd 2016

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