Love, wealth, and power... by any means necessary!
It’s March 20th, 1792 and King Louis XVI rules over France from the gilded halls of Versailles. France is a country of elegance and poverty, of ancient tradition and unstoppable change. It is a country on the brink of revolution.
You are a young woman seeking to make her way in Paris, having always yearned for more than your old country life could ever provide. Attend parties, mingle with the rich and powerful, learn their secrets, and use this to get the wealth and power you deserve. Find true love in an opulent world of ever-shifting alliances, that grows more dangerous by the day. Still, you must always keep your eye on the coming revolution. After all, it’s better to be on the right side of history, than the wrong side of the guillotine.
In terms of gameplay, the player in Ambition attends procedurally generated parties hosted by one of the game’s five factions (the Crown, the Church, the Military, the Bourgeoisie, and the Revolution). Parties in Ambition are like dungeon crawls of most RPGs. In these parties, the player engages in ‘conversations’ with the various guests, that function similarly to a battle system. The player has to charm guests without running out things to say, or embarrassing themselves too much. By doing well in conversations, the player acquires ‘gossip’ and can get introduced to more powerful people. These powerful individuals serve as the ‘boss fights’ of the parties, and can potentially become romantic options for the player later.
When the player isn’t attending parties, they can explore Paris and pursue various storylines that show up throughout the game. They can buy and sell outfits which give them different bonuses at parties, or talk politics at cafes. They can also go to unscrupulous newspapers and sell the gossip they acquired at parties. In addition to making them money, this also allows the player to influence the outcome of political events.
As time progresses in the game, the revolution grows closer and certain political incidents (The Reveillon Riots, the Tennis Court Oath, the Storming of the Bastille, etc…) happen. However, when these incidents occur in Ambition, the game compares the power and allegiances of the various faction in order to determine the outcome. Perhaps, in this play through of the game, the Storming of the Bastille is unsuccessful because the military receives reinforcements in time. Such a development would make things much more difficult for the Revolutionaries at the end of the game, where it determines who was victorious in the revolution.
Regardless of whether or not the revolution is successful in overthrowing the monarchy, the player will be placed on trial to determine their allegiance. There, many of their past decisions will be brought to light, and the player must defend themselves in order to survive, and win the game.
Unique Selling Points
Female Main Character - There are not enough games where the story centers around a female lead. The main character, Yvette Decaux, is an intelligent and ambitious woman from the French countryside who is looking for a life better than the one she was born into.
Branching Narrative Game - Ambition has a heavy emphasis on written story and player choice, including randomized elements that make each playthrough of the game feel unique.
Romantic Variety - Seduce and romance a variety of characters, from disgraced soldiers to Catholic priests, wealthy widows, and more! Players come in all shapes, sizes, and preferences. We want all of those players to have romantic choices that feel compelling to them.
Historical Authenticity - Ambition: A Minuet in Power is extremely faithful to the history of Paris in the late 18th century. The story is thoroughly researched, many of the characters in the game are based on real historical figures, and even our music is modeled on period compositions.
Why Play Ambition: A Minuet in Power?
Have you ever watched a Disney movie, but felt that the villainess was cooler than anyone else in the entire movie?
Would you like to play a game where you are that kind of person? Claw your way to the top of society, ruin your enemies, seek romance on your terms, and manipulate your way through the politics of a country on the verge of bloody revolution.