If you’re new to owning an iPad, and even if you’re not, there’s a good chance that you may have missed out on some great games that have been in the App Store for quite some time.
Braveheart HD, a solid action/RPG, may be one of those games. Originally introduced in 2010, Braveheart HD features unique controls, endless waves of enemies, and plenty of blood and guts.
The game is split up into individual stages, which are progressively unlocked and displayed on the global map Starting a stage will take you to a battlefield, where you fight hordes of enemies. The game is top-down, with impressive, albeit tiny, graphics. Moving on the screen is as simple as tapping where you want to go. Your hero, Richard, is equipped with a flail, and to use it you make a circular motion on the screen with your finger to cause him to go into an attack spin.
Richard can move while in the spin, but every once in awhile, he’ll slow down and you will have to spin him again. It’s a lot like spinning a top around a map with some rather inconsequential enemies. I found that I could spin Richard and attend to other tasks, such as writing this review, while he killed everything in sight.
There are spellcasters that require slightly more movement, as Richard will need to walk over and attack them before being reduced to a bloody corpse thanks to long range magic missiles. Luckily, Richard does have a crossbow to use as well, which requires a tap and hold and then another tap. If you’re not into all the tapping, the game does give you the option to use stick controls instead.
On the battlefield, enemies will drop gold and health boosts, as well as some destructive bonuses (bombs, frost traps, nukes) that can be used to kill multiple baddies at once. At the end of the level, you’ll receive a score based on enemies killed, bonuses gathered, money earned, and battle time.
Between stages, you can visit the local store to pick up weapon and armor upgrades. As in most games of this type, you can purchase additional gold within the app to speed up your progression.
The game starts off easy, but it quickly gets harder. Enemies become more powerful, and Richard loses health faster, making some strategic tapping a dire necessity. Level wise, there’s quite a bit of content, plus extra stages that can be purchased for $0.99.
Gameplay can be a little repetitive. It’s just a series of the same moves over and over again, with no special moves to interrupt the constant spinning and shooting. There isn’t a lot of exploration/movement (it’s all basically a field) and there are no goals to obtain beyond straight slaughtering. Still, battling a field full of sorcerers and blood hungry pigs does have its entertainment value, and this tough-to-master action game will take some skill to finish.
What I liked: The controls were unique, and I did like the spinning action to destroy enemies.
What I didn’t like: There’s no customized character creation, different classes, or different talents to obtain. At times Richard did not want to move where I was directing him to go, which was frustrating.
To buy or not to buy: The game is currently available for free, and it’s definitely worth checking out at that price. It would be worth it at the standard $1.99 price if you’re into tap-oriented slay-em-up type action games.
- App Name: Braveheart HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.5
- Category: Games
- Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
- Price: Free (for a limited time), then $1.99