Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown; at least Shakespeare seemed to think so when he wrote his Henry IV. King’s Throne: Game of Lust makes ample use of this quote while introducing the player to their new empire, yet it is also ready to prove otherwise with every occasion. As soon as you become king, the weight of the crown is the least of your worries.
After all, who can keep a clear head when so many lusty maidens desperately want to visit the royal bedchambers, gardens, pools, and other provocative locations on the castle grounds? But worry not! Below, you’ll find a few essential pointers to make your way through the early game without touching too many wrong… buttons.
Before You Become King
The plot in King’s Throne is a colorful mish-mash of Shakespearean plays and characters. As soon as you create and name your character – Jacques Ganymede, in our case, in honor of our two favorite characters from As You Like It – you discover that the king, your father, has been murdered. Not by Claudius, as one might expect, but by Caesar’s Brutus himself!
You need no ghost of Hamlet to set you on the path to revenge. Before you even know where you are, a number of characters begin to ask you some uncomfortable questions. Don’t stress too much about your answers, though. Although we would have liked to see that our answers mattered in some way aside from role-play, this is unfortunately not the case.
Each answer will provide you with certain resources, but no matter what option you choose, you will still start the game with a decent amount of everything you need. With some money, food, troops, and your trusted courtiers at your side, you are finally ready for the coronation.
Completing Your First Campaign Stages
From your father’s murder scene you jump straight into action. You don’t want Brutus to get away, especially since he might have information about an even more complex ploy to destabilize the kingdom. This will take you to the campaign map and your first armed battles. If you’ve followed the tutorial so far, you should have a decent army and be able to sweep through the first 5 battles.
Although you can do little to influence the outcome of these military engagements, there is one important thing to bear in mind both now and later in the campaign. There are two factors that influence your troop losses when you attack an enemy. The first is the number of enemy troops, while the second is how much greater your army is compared to the former.
In other words, the more severely you outnumber your enemies, the less damage you are likely to sustain. In our experience, each enemy troop takes out an average of 3 soldiers on your side. This seems pretty unfair, but we’ll pretend it is a realistic outcome since you usually attack fortresses, rather than armies in the open. The bottom line is that you should absolutely never launch an attack on an enemy if the Casualties estimation is anything other than “Low.” To get it to Low, just put together a greater army from levies, the main quest, or achievements.
The Main Quest Is Your Best Friend
During the early game, at least, your most notable source of income, food, and troops is the Main Quest. Even once you add a few more heroes to your trusted group, the amount of resources you can collect from levies doesn’t hold a candle to the massive rewards you get for completing the various quests.
It’s still important to collect levies when possible, don’t get us wrong. Even the Main Quest will ask you to do so tens of times. However, the chief motor behind the progression of your empire will be this chain of simple tasks and its impressive array of benefits. The latter will include not only resources, but also useful items to improve your heroes and maidens, as well as all kinds of cooldown resets. By the time you finish the 90th quest, you will be asked to log in for two consecutive days. That’s when you know you’ve reached the cap for the day.
Collecting Levies and Visiting Maidens on Cooldown
Inside the Throne Room, you’ll find Marcello and Sir Oliver, two of your most trusted advisors. Clicking on the former will take you to your Levies screen, while the latter will help you tend to your Royal Decrees. Both of these features are great ways to earn resources and, in the case of Decrees, to gain some kingdom EXP as well.
To begin with, it takes only 1 minute to charge a Levy and these must be collected every few minutes in order to maximize your gain. Thankfully, the time intervals change quite a bit as your kingdom advances. By the time you reach Kingdom Level 6: Stable Kingdom III, for example, you should only have to collect Levies once every hour or so. Don’t forget that if you find it bothersome to click upwards of 30 times to collect gold, food, and troops, you can always use the BlueStacks Keymapping Tool and Combo Key to optimize the entire process.
Royal Decrees charge much slower than Levies, but they are still pretty useful for a new king such as yourself. If you’re not into role-playing, you don’t need to bother reading through the text of a Decree. The only consequence of your choice is the reward you get so you should make your decisions accordingly, rather than try to be morally correct.
Finally, you should always tend to your maidens whenever your king is vigorous enough to do so. Once every 30 minutes – impressive! – you can press the “Random Visit” button in order to enjoy the company of one of your mistresses. The result can be a child (if you have available chambers in the Royal Quarters) and EXP for the maiden, which you can then use to upgrade the hero she is bound to. For more information on what goes on in the royal bedchambers, feel free to check out our BlueStacks guide to maidens and intimacy in King’s Throne.
Using the pointers above, you’ll get the hang of ruling your Lusty Empire in a matter of hours. Of course, the aspects we’ve touched upon so far just scratch the surface of everything you can (and should) do in King’s Throne. No need to worry, of course! We’ve put together BlueStacks detailed guides on currency, questing, heroes, maidens, and other features of the game.