Braveheart in Review â€“ What wouldn’t you do for wealth, power, loveâ€¦ and to save your own skin!
With the horrendous amount of various Action/Shooter titles on the App Store, it is increasingly more difficult to find something that jumps out at you.Â Sure, there are loads of dual-stick and side/vertical-scrolling shooters, but to find anything truly original youâ€™ll have to dig really deep. The most recent entry by Gaijin Entertainment however, brings a refreshing look on how an action title could be done on the iDevice inÂ Braveheart.
Braveheart is an original Survival Action/Shooter game. After an accident involving the kingâ€™s lovely daughter, an unwieldy knight by the name of Richard is put before a difficult decision. Either face probable death in an attempt to retrieve the fabled Holy Grail from the clutches of the Great Dragon or certain death for offending the royal familyâ€™s honour. And the former has the gorgeous princessâ€™s hand in marriage as bonus too. Not much of a choice, eh?
With such a lovely premise portrayed by nicely done comic-style interludes, the gameplay doesnâ€™t come as much of shock. Youâ€™ll have to guide Richard across levels split into 5 environments to survive against multiple waves of enemies. Each level usually has from 2 to 5 waves, with each area usually ending with a boss. In a refreshing move in your fight against the hordes of baddies, you can finally go on a melee rampage with your trusty flail. With a swirl of a finger you can send your alter ego in a frenzy, swinging his flail around him. And for the more conventional player there is the trusty crossbow and 4 rechargeable skills. Also youâ€™ll be sure to appreciate the additional Hunt mode, allowing you to go on a tangent and massacre the poor critters in return for more loot and experience.
Also more unusual than not for such a title, Braveheart boasts extensive customization opportunitites. To start off you have several base parameters, which you can raise on each level-up. Additionally you can use the gold earned on the battlefield to buy upgraded and new weapons, potions, skills and perks. The latter are quite an interesting concept; they are made available in-game as you exterminate the opposition, but are reset after the battle ends. And finally there are the various powerups, giving you a temporary edge against the enemies.
Visually Braveheart looks quite impressive. Without all of that fancy 3D, the developers have been able to really focus and draw a detailed and atmospheric picture of the environment. Sadly this had the adverse effect of no support for the Retina display, but youâ€™ll find yourself hard pressed to complain once you get it running. The interface is also a refreshing change from the traditional dual-stick action. There are several control schemes, but I prefer the full-touch mode, where a single tap sends my protÃ©gÃ© to the spot I touch, a hold and tap shoots the crossbow and the circular motion activating the melee weapon.
In the land of traditional Action/Shooters, Braveheart stands tall and proud, boasting refreshing controls, extensive character customization options and superb graphics. The gameplay is so horribly addictive that youâ€™ll barely notice the lack of support for the Retina display. And the full GameCenter and Openfeint support means youâ€™ll be able to show off your achievements to your friends. The only real risk is once you get the game you wonâ€™t have time for much else.
With this I declare Braveheart officially touched!
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