The Royal Trap (

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.

The Royal Trap Demo (

As Prince Oscar’s companion, Madeleine Valois’s job is to train him so that he can marry a princess.  Unfortunately, Princess Cassidy has been abducted and Oscar is the prime suspect.  Now Madeleine must clear his name and discover the truth.

I normally don’t review demos unless the full game won’t be out for a while but I made an exception due to a promotion Hanako Games was running.  As for the plot, other than Prince Oscar, Princess Cassidy has two suitors.  One is the dark and mysterious Prince Nazagi and the other is the over the top Prince Gaston (no relation to the character from Beauty and the Beast).  One of them may be responsible for Princess Cassidy’s disappearance or they might not be.  In addition to these characters, there is also Prince Callum who seems fascinated by Madeleine.  The story was so intriguing that when the demo was over I had to remind myself not to purchase the game right away (waiting for payday).

This game is in typical visual novel form.  You play the role of Madeleine and pick a set of choices after reading the dialogue.  Some choices will help you form relationships with various characters.  If you’re playing the game again, you can choose to skip unread text.

This game is intriguing and beautiful.  If you would like to purchase the game click here.