I did not expect that my interests of iPhone games and Regency historicals would ever collide, but we live in an amazing age. Tea for Three Studios’ Regency Love was a most delightful surprise and it is tonally perfect.
It’s an RPG, where you are the Lizzie Bennett-type, headstrong or obedient as you want to be. Your decisions shape your story and your love interest. (I played through to get each outcome, I couldn’t help myself.)
As you move through the narrative, you get chances to improve your Regency-centric skills, in much the same way a tradition D & D type game would offer. You improve your dancing, reading, riding, etc and it shapes your character’s personality. That’s also effected by the decisions you make, what you choose to say to people, which path you pursue. It’s really too fun.
The game is so well written that it feels like you’re reading a well-thumbed novel, choosing your own adventure in a world very familiar to Romance readers. Regency Love hits all the tropes with buckets of charm and historical details; the dialogue is hugely charming. All of the writing, really, is the best part of this game. It’s a page-turner of interactive media.
I got myself embroiled with the cranky Mr. Curtis, who is as vivid to me as any character I’ve read in a book. The characters in this game are not mere sketches, they’re all fully fleshed out, even the secondary characters.
If you’re lucky enough to have some holiday vacation time, this is a great diversion. You can find the game on iTunes and at http://teaforthreestudios.com and another app called Costume Theatre that I haven’t tried yet. (But I’m looking forward to downloading soon.)