The Joy Manufacturing Co. presents, Ambition: A Minuet in Power, featuring a new kind of revolutionary, romantic gameplay.
A young woman finds herself alone in the streets of Paris, far from home and abandoned by the love of her life. At that moment, she decides to live for herself and seek her own passions, as France marches towards a violent uprising that will change history forever. Navigate the twisting social politics of pre-revolutionary Paris in a game world that’s different every time you play. Court, snub and seduce your way to the top of society. Expand your influence, uncover the intrigue of the coming revolution, and ensure that you end up on the winning side of history.
Ambition: A Minuet in Power is in development for PC and Mac in English. It will be delivered in standard and DRM-free versions on Steam, GoG, and the official Ambition website. Ambition: A Minuet in Power is expected to launch in late 2018.
How Is It Different?
Many romantically focused games are like choose-your-own-adventure books with preset decisions and outcomes. Once you’ve beaten them, there’s rarely a reason to go back and play again.
Romance in Ambition isn’t just story writing; it’s a mechanic. By engaging in liaisons with various nobles, the player gains limited access to the resources of the person they’ve seduced. The more devoted their partner is to them, the more power the player has over that noble. This lets the player influence the outcome of political events. A particularly creative (and ruthless) player can even maintain multiple secret liaisons simultaneously. Getting caught doing this, however, can have very dangerous consequences.
How does one gain the devotion of a seduced noble? Wear their gifts out in public, attend their events, spurn their enemies, and more.
Additionally, Ambition randomly generates the world you play in, every time. This means that every playthrough is a little different. Nobles you meet in one playthrough might not show up in another. The revolution may be a success or a disaster. It’ll be up to you, as the player, to figure out who to befriend and who to snub, in order to ensure the best position for yourself.
The pre-revolutionary period was a time of great splendor and great squalor, of elegance and terror. The combination of danger and romance in this period has always been exciting and fascinating. It was also a time where women, like your character, wielded massive amounts of power, but often in secret. Behind closed doors, women like Madame du Barry and the Duchess of Polignac, pushed their agenda through others, changing the course of history.
Sell gossip on the sly to unscrupulous newspapers. Use the money to hire spies in order to make it easier to seduce a certain noble. Seduce that noble, then convince them to use their influence to crush your social rivals.
Is it wrong? Yes.
Is it fun? Extremely.