The Royal Trap (Hanakogames.com)
When Prince Oscar and his companion, Madeleine go to Gwellinor in the hopes of making Oscar the groom of Princess Cassidy, a mysterious kidnapping takes place and Madeleine is the prime suspect. Now she must clear her name and discover a terrible family secret.
In games like these, you would normally take on the role of Princess Cassidy and pursue each potential suitor. Instead, you take on the role of Madeleine and choose which character’s route you wish to take between Oscar, Gaston, Nazagi and Callum. Did I mention that Callum’s route also comes with a secret path? I have to say that playing as Madeleine is a nice change of pace from the usual heroine you play in these types of games. Not only is she a strong character but the story isn’t all about her. Madeleine is just a servant who unintentionally got involved in a huge mess.
The game play is your standard visual novel. You make choices that determine which character route you want to go on. Each one has a good, bad and normal ending depending on the choices you make. Not only will playing the game unlock pictures for the CG gallery, it will also unlock songs for you to play on the jukebox.
This game is fun and intriguing. I give it 8 out of 10; an original take on a common genre.