Chinese culture is rich and enchanting spanning over centuries and encompassing testimonials of prosperity, progress, and traditional values. However, one aspect of Chinese history always attracted more attention than the others and that’s the magnificent court of the Chinese Emperor. And now, you can be a member of that court thanks to the Legend of the Empress, an iOS and Android game developed by Friend Times Technology Inc. and published by Wish Interactive Technology Limited, both companies from the city of Suzhou.
Legend of Empress is an RPG taking place during the Chu dynasty in 65 A.D. The palace of Emperor Mu Lingchen is in constant turmoil because the Empress Yiao Lianyi and Noble Consort Nian Suyan are constantly fighting with each other being that both belong to powerful Chinese families at the time. In order to bring balance to the palace, the Emperor issued an edict to recruit new talents for the harem and guard. All noble families answered the Emperor’s call sending their sons and daughters to be chosen as new additions to the palace. The players assume the role of a consort in training and have to complete various tasks in order to be worthy of the Emperor’s harem.
However, this is the story of forbidden love, court intrigues, and beautiful art design which elevate the experience of playing this game. The big surprise to me was the battles which honestly I didn’t expect. I thought this was going to be a girly game focused on being the best possible student, but it is actually more than that. Another interesting thing I noticed is that the atmosphere in the game is quite true to the humor we are used to from the Chinese cinematography. Just pay attention to interaction with the NPC called the Snotty Eunuch who very much resembles those mean and comical characters from the movies.
There are no voiced dialogues so you will have to do a lot of reading although this all fits well with this type of game. However, you will constantly interact with various characters in the game who are important for your learning and to drive the story forward so it can be tiring at times. Thankfully, the dialogues are short and to the point, so the narrative won’t bore you.
When it comes to art, it’s probably one of the best aspects of the game. You can feel Chinese culture from the character design and remarkable dedication to details when it comes to their appearance. There are literally hundreds of costumes available you can craft and collect, and not to mention jewelry, hairstyles and other accessories that will embellish your look. You can customize your look any way you like with the resources available which are really a fun thing to do.
Now, in order to claim your place in the harem, you will have to fight other women. There is an array of heroes you will have to use for this and you can summon them and finish the quest to get them. The maximum number of heroes per fight is four besides your character. Each hero has one active and two passive skills so also pay attention to those when playing since those can help you define the outcome of the battle.
Additionally, you might find also interesting the way players interact with each other in the game. It’s fairly easy to add friends in the game and you can even perform a search by name to find them. You become more close to your friends if you pay them a visit or send them flowers you found on a hunt or bought via microtransactions. Based on the description you can even get married in the game with real people and same-sex marriage is allowed. I didn’t get the time to try this one out but if it’s true, I have to admit it’s an interesting touch to the game.
The Legend of Empress is a game for people who want something casual and yet exciting to play. It doesn’t require previous knowledge or experience in RPG games so it’s fit even for those who are occasional players. I have to admit, I liked dressing up my character and watching her progress in the game. In a way, I considered her successes as my owns, which was the game’s intention I believe. So, if you want to meet some gorgeous art and be part of the story taking place in the far away times, the Legend of Empress is an ideal title to play and have fun.