‘Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North’ Evaluate – A Stable Tactical RPG With Room to Develop
Technique video games have been a very long time curiosity of mine—from Warcraft III to the more moderen League of Legends or Conflict Royale, I’ve been taking part in them for fairly some time. I’ve by no means really performed a Tactical RPG, nonetheless, so I used to be intrigued once I first heard a few small developer searching for testers for an upcoming sport. Seems that sport was Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North($6.99), and it’s really fairly neat.
Between the thirty-plus hour marketing campaign (an attention-grabbing marketing campaign no much less), difficult ranges at 5 totally different difficulties, and greater than sufficient characters to drink a tavern out of enterprise, Shieldwall Chronicles is a really, very replayable sport. Greater than that, it’s a enjoyable sport—as soon as I found out its quirks and made the mandatory modifications, there wasn’t a minute of unenjoyed technique.
The fast draw, in fact, is the story. You, the participant, lead a mercenary band employed to protect a caravan because it travels into the northern realms. Alongside the best way, the social gathering is drawn right into a battle which threatens to destabilise the established order—and perhaps make a fairly penny alongside the best way. Whereas there may be nothing revolutionary to be discovered right here, that’s alright. It’s an gratifying expertise, and the characters are properly written. As well as, branching story paths present further gameplay past the preliminary play by way of. If extra video games provided this in a well-done package deal persistently, I’d be a contented man certainly.
Getting the fundamentals down is fairly straightforward. The sport presents a useful tutorial which introduces the necessary mechanics. Truly taking part in the sport, although, is usually a little extra difficult. For a begin, the scale of the character roster alone is usually a little intimidating: Fifteen totally different courses, every with a female and male variant, every with their very own expertise, backstory, and use case—nevermind the refined mechanics which aren’t lined within the tutorial. Shieldwall is designed to final properly past the marketing campaign itself. It’s meant to offer the thirty-plus hours of the marketing campaign, plus an excellent twenty in social gathering composition for the actually hardcore.
All this results in the precise meat of what all of us care about: Gameplay. Does the sport play properly, and is it enjoyable? The reply to each is a assured sure. The turn-by-turn motion is, relying on the problem, both extremely straightforward or loopy tough—requiring a good quantity of thought and planning every flip—on the participant’s discretion. Of the 2 fight programs, complicated or easy mode, I had initially meant to play in complicated mode on exhausting. Sadly, exhausting proved far too tough for the tactical noob that I’m, so I rapidly dropped it all the way down to regular. This didn’t remedy the issue, nonetheless; complicated mode itself was the issue. Put merely, actions in complicated mode, whether or not they have been expertise, motion, or assaults, have been prohibitively costly—particularly for sluggish characters, just like the dwarf or tree spirit.
Thankfully, switching to easy mode supplied a less complicated, however extra gratifying (and undoubtedly higher balanced), expertise. As an alternative of a single pool of of motion factors to allocate to motion, attacking or utilizing expertise; every has their very own pool or allotment. Which means that as a substitute of getting to weigh motion in opposition to expertise, assaults in opposition to motion, and expertise in opposition to assaults, the one factor that must be thought of is whether or not I’d get extra worth out of my restricted motion level pool by utilizing a ability this flip, or subsequent flip. Thus, whereas the intent of complicated mode is to offer slower and extra tactical gameplay; in precise play, it appears to solely make the sport inordinately tough at first.
Because it seems, iOS isn’t the primary platform Shieldwall Chronicles launched on—that honour belongs to Steam. However, the port is kind of admirable… so long as the system it’s performed on is an iPad. Whereas technically launched and playable on iPhones, and whereas it does help cloud saving (just for iOS gadgets) for simple switching between cellphone and pill, it’s merely not suited to a smaller system. The display screen is simply too small, and there may be an excessive amount of that should match on it for the sport to actually excel. Regardless of that, nonetheless, it is playable, though not as comfortably as on an iPad—any iPad.
All issues thought of, Shieldwall Chronicles is a fairly strong sport. It wants some work—particularly on the complicated fight system, and for play on smaller screens—however, on the entire, it’s a enjoyable, properly made sport. When there are such a lot of video games which can be made for consumption and consumption alone, it’s good to seek out one once in a while that’s made by somebody who cares, for gamers who’re searching for high quality. Regardless of its flaws, Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North delivers simply that.