Ravenmark review (iPod/iPhone)November 25, 2011
♫ “Mighty Raven Dark
Blashyrkh’s Mighty Raven Dark!”
10 word description: Fantasy turn-based strategy in an original world. 15 missions.
10 word review: Epic visualisation of story enhances solid strategy game. Polished experience.
You will like this if you enjoy: Battle for Wesnoth, Highborn, etc. Turn-based strategy battles.
The good news: Intuitive and accessible turn-based gameplay. Characters and story have an epic feel, considering there’s a relatively small amount of exposition in the intro scenes. Battle results rely heavily on your decisions – learning from your mistakes is the entertaining part. The control scheme is tight and issuing orders doesn’t feel like a chore.
The bad news: You won’t get victory handed to you on a plate and you won’t win on your first try, every time. Some learning is required, as is a moderate attention span. Arguably not bad points, but worth mentioning.
Arcadelife verdict: It’s very good, and nowhere near as impenetrable as some turn-based strategy games can be. Although it’s fairly easy to get into, and the order-issuing is a breeze, the battles are complex and require actual strategy (surprise!) to overcome the often deviously capable AI enemies. Overall, a very worthwhile challenge for any TBS fans, and probably a much better introduction to the genre than many similar offerings on the app store.
Arcadelife rating: 85/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
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