If I were Peter Molyneux 11

A game that starts in a fantasy-kingdom style in the vein of Arabian Nights Persian-inspired designs, with signs like crystalline broadcast towers and large windmills that power the lights of the city. The protaganist is a young prince, waking up, bored in his palace, and deciding that today, he wants to have an adventure – which first involves wriggling away from his all-female retinue of wives, then up onto the parapets of his palace. The player must successfully steal the parts of a lady disguise, so as to escape notice of the all-female guards that patrol the palace. When he escapes into the square, he finds a city full of all women, dressed in a variety of wild, interesting, different colours and styles, while he has to stick with a very dowdy, concealing outfit, so as to better hide his identity.

The prince reveals that this is his first time ever out of the palace – and now that he looks at it, there seems to be very little in the city that he knows about. He has to run, jump, climb and explore his way through the city, escaping and eluding his palace guards pursuing him, even as he learns in surprise about how much money the women around him have, about how they live their lives, about how they are builders, engineers, educators and researchers.

The prince breaks through the old infrastructure of the city while eluding escape, as the guards seeking him become ever more concerned. During this time, he realises that the guards are more physically fit than him, can jump higher than he can, can run faster, and can break barriers he can’t. At the bottom of the city, he finds old historical records, illuminating TV screens, and books, in which he learns about the true history of the city. He learns about how sometime a hundred years ago, a widespread virus ensured that only one in ten male children survived to birth. He learns about the society that forms around men being precious, reproductive resources, and realises that he does not own his harem, they own him; that he lives in a palace of people who care for him so deeply because he is their precious husband, their beloved. Having a husband – and children – is rarer, because men are rarer, and therefore, males are kept in palaces by wealthy landowners. Realising how important he is to his lovers, and realising how different the world is to his self-centered expectations, he makes his way back to the guards, and heads home, now fascinated by the study of history.

There is no killing, no death, no bad endings, and whenever he’s stuck, he’s eventually rescued by one of the guards, who take him back to the palace, and his adventure ends.

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