REGALIA: OF MEN AND MONARCHS
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 29, 2016
Imagine that, one day, you discover you are royalty. And not just any royalty, no sir, you are an honest-to-god heir to the throne. The first thought that would probably pop into your head will be something like: "That's going to be awesome!" or "I'm going to be the best king or queen ever!" In this game, you might discover that being a ruler of a kingdom comes with many responsibilities but, truth be told, it's also an awesome experience, especially in Regalia: of Men and Monarchs!
When you start playing Regalia, you take control of Kay Loren. You'll meet him at not one of his most awesome days; his father died. On his death bed, you dear old dad reveals to you that you're in fact the heir of the Kingdom of Ascalia. It's Kay's destiny to travel back to this kingdom and take his rightful place as king of Ascalia. He immediately sets out to do so, accompanied by his bodyguard knight Griffith and his two sisters Gwendolynn and Elaine (Gwen and Elly, for short).
When the four arrive in Ascalia, the kingdom turns out to be in quite a mess. Lorens Castle need more than just a couple of swipes with a broom. And to top it all off, you even meet a ghost who is still haunting this castle. Luckily, this turns out to be the ghost of your grandfather and he's more than willing to help you. And you are going to need all the help you can get! Because besides a messy castle and having a kingdom without any residents, it also turns out that your ancestors left you with a massive debt. In short; your goal is to restore Ascalia to its former glory, pay your ancestors' debts and generally be the best ruler these lands ever saw!
But alas, that is much less easy than one would think. There are quests to complete, people to help and mysteries to solve. Let me start with the quests; there are two kinds of them. The first kind are the main story quests, that you will need to complete in order to earn XP and to progress through the story of Regalia. The second kind are Kingdom Quests, which represent the progress and growth needed to stave off the debt collector. Every two months (in-game time) your progress will be evaluated and if you didn't meet the required quotas, it's game over. (yes, really!)
As I've mentioned earlier, you're not on your own. You have your friend and confidant Griffith and your two sisters. Later on you will meet more characters. They will help you wherever they can and, as in real life relationships, bonding is really important. You'll need to talk to them and spend time with them. This will expand your bond levels with each character and each level (acquaintance, buddy, friend, confidante and even admirer) comes with some nice additional perks. Some character can join your party, so you can equip them with weapons and perks. Some weapons or perks can be used for any character, while others are character specific.
One of the goals is to restore the kingdoms' former glory and for that you'll need citizens. As you progress through the game, more and more character will hear about you and want to take a look, or maybe even settle in Ascalia. Sometimes, citizens will accidently end up in your capital and they will try to convince you of their intentions and their worth. But this works two ways, of course; you will need to invest in the town by constructing and upgrade buildings, in order for people to want to live there.
By using the World map you can easily visit different locations. Every location has nodes in three categories; conversations, text adventures and battles. During conversations with your party members you discover their motives and how they relate to each other. Text adventures are little stories with, at some points, decisions for you to make. Any of these text adventures can end in battle, or earning XP and items, or. they just end. This all depends on the choices you make.
The battles in Regalia are turn based, so you have time to think ahead and plan your actions accordingly. During a turn, there's no fixed order between moving and performing an action. This comes in very handy when you want to create some distance between you and an enemy after attacking him. The one thing that's remarkable about Regalia's battle system is that you're not able to replenish your health, but instead you can use shields to absorb damage. So, if you want to protect your party members from a premature death on the battlefield, you should make sure everyone has some defend by adding some shield points to their stats.
Regalia: of Men and Monarch is a mighty awesome game. The dialogs are so funny, I laughed out loud on several occasions. I especially love the cockiness of your sister Gwen, she's so cool! There are so many options and things to do in this game; Fishing, objectives and challenges during battles, diplomacy choices, and much, much more! The entire game is designed in a beautiful cartoony style and the music screams power and heroism. This tactical RPG offers you all the action and RPG elements you expect and surpasses these expectations by far with many extra's and awesome humor! So, if you would excuse me, I have to get back; I've got a Kingdom to save!