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There is one strategy role playing game that continues to reign supreme over the turn based strategy genre. That game is Shining Force. A gem on the 16-bit Sega Genesis is still king today. Current games are measured against it. Few have reached the height of Shining Force, and none have surpassed it.

This is where Braveland comes into play on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This is a cute clever turn based strategy role playing game. It does many things right. It just does not quite measure up to Shining Force - which was ported over to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad platform.

Braveland does not let us play the main character. Why? He leads from the back? Not much of a leader in my humble opinion. Especially after his village is invaded by bandits. We collect troops along the quest. Braveland shares the lameness from Final Fantasy Tactics in terms of limiting how many characters can be in our party at once.

Braveland also does not let players grind. Beat a level, and you can not replay it. So you have to find the right combination of levels, power ups, items to purchase, and more to be able to beat certain spots. The three difficulty settings can assist in the lack of replay.

I beat Braveland in a couple of hours. I appreciate that there are no in-app purchases. I hope additional chapters will be released for free - at least to those who purchased the game. Because right now its on the short side - especially when compared to Shining Force. Shining Force takes many hours to beat, has longer levels, a deeper story, and costs less on the iOS platform.

The artwork in Braveland is decent. The music is fantastic. The strategy, and animations are a bit on the simplistic side. Especially when you get special skills for your characters. The deeper I went into Braveland the easier it became. Especially when I learned I could increase the number for my characters with each level up.

Braveland can not go toe to toe with Shining Force. It is however one of the better strategy role playing games on the iOS platform. It has its minor flaws like name calling, dead bodies staying on the screen, and poor enemy intelligence. It also can draw you in until you beat the evil king.
- Paul


Graphics: 78%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%

System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Tortuga Team
Developer: Tortuga Team
Rating: ‘9+’ - 9+ {Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}
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