Developed and published by Pixelated Milk, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs was released on May 18, 2017 for the PC via Steam while the Royal Edition was released for the Nintendo Switch on April 12, 2018. The game offers three difficulty modes to start: Story Mode (Easy difficulty), Normal difficulty, and Nightmare (Hard difficulty). It is available to play on the Nintendo Switch in the English and German languages.
The glory of the past
“Our story begins in the Rashytil Expanse, where the wind races across the empty plains. It is a sad, hostile land – a wild frontier and a gateway to lands unknown. In ages past, Rashytil had a heart: the city-state of Ascalia, ruled by the great House Loren.
Indeed, over centuries, it came to be known as the Gem in the Realms, earning respect from all races under the sun.
But the crusades changed that. Attracting the ire of its neighbors, Ascalia was lost to the flames of war. With its marble bones laid to rest, the city has slept ever since…
In a distant country, a father lies on his deathbed. For his entire life, he has kept a secret…yet now, the truth is finally revealed. His only son, Kay, learns that Ascalia belongs to his family, the noble house Loren. As the sole remaining remaining heir, it is his destiny to face that heritage – to restore the ancestral kingdom.
Aided by his two sisters and a trusty bodyguard, young Kay sets out on a journey to the Rashytil Expanse…to Ascalia.
The legend is about to be retold…”
It’s good to be the king.
The hero and his companions are thrusted into the story when they visit House Loren in Ascalia. Sitting in the throne is Kay, with sister Gwendolyn on his left and his other sister Elaine on his right. The blonde man behind the chair is Griffith and the spirit simply goes by Grandpa.
Let’s me briefly introduce the main heroes:
Kay: Billed as the “Unlikely Hero,” he is the protagonist of Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs and heir to the House Loren.
Gwendolyn: Kay’s sister who is somewhat quick to complain when things are bothersome or not to her liking.
Elaine: Younger sister of Kay. She has an upbeat demeanor and tries to look on the bright side of things.
Griffith: Hired bodyguard by the House Loren. He has a serious tone and duteous way of thinking even to a fault.
Grandpa: Kay’s as well his sisters’ deceased grandfather to the House Loren. His spirit is awakened by accident when the heroes visit the abandoned Castle Loren. He wants to help them restore the castle and their name to its former glory.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a standard tactical role-playing game when battling with a few twists here and there. First, the game does not deal with elevation or attack direction so the pros and cons of those aspects are absent. Secondly, there are no standard attacks.
Here the skill tree with available skills is shown in battle. Skills have a cooldown feature which limits their use. The scroll at the bottom of the screen shows all available actions and is called the Hotbar. You can undo actions, get some hints, use items, and even speed up gameplay in addition to moving and the aforementioned skills.
Let’s look at a basic breakdown of preparation and fighting:
Objective: Must fulfill in order to win the battle such as “Defeat All Enemies.”
Deployment: How many units you can field. Usually four or more for standard deployment.
While a combatant is active in their turn they can move or act in any order. They can move how many times they want permitting there be enough movement points. An action like using a skill or an item is limited to once per turn. Skills can inflict damage by nature or they can add a positive or negative status effect to your allies or enemies accordingly. Remember, there are no standard attacks. End the turn when you are ready.
Another neat thing in Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is the character passive ability. Each character’s passive ability is different so be sure to check them out when someone new joins your party. You can find what the passive ability is by going into the character’s details.
The beginnings of your kingdom albeit in debt to the taxman.
“How is that even possible!? The zeroes need a separate sticker to fit on paper!” -Kay on the debt his family racked up several generations earlier.
Walter Crucey is a part of the Furtive Union which is more or less a debt collection agency. Kay’s ancestors had a rather large amount of debt before the city of Ascalia was destroyed during the Crusades. Crucey offers Kay and the heroes the chance to revitalize the city which would come with money and thus respect which he sees as an investment. the heroes have to repay parts of the debt in intervals as the city gets revitalized.
Be sure to check your schedule which can be accessed at any time during non-battle events. They will let you know who will be where and possibly what they are doing. It is pretty handy for quests and side-quests. Notice that the game features a bond system that you can strengthen with party members and will get access to perks in the game for each bond level increased.