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Review BattleHand

Brandon Girod
Amazing combat system, good visuals, in-depth mechanics
Terrible tutorial
Battlehand for Android is one of the best questing-based RPGs that I’ve played on Android in a really long time. It has incredibly visuals, a really awesome card-based combat system, and enough depth to satisfy even the most hardcore RPG fans out there.
To my surprise, Kongregate is listed as the developers behind this game, which was a website I used to visit to play flash games way back in the day. They were good back then, too. In this game, you’ll gather a team of heroes to battle against Queen Amethyst and her army of evil minions in order to restore peace to the land of FellCrest.
When you first jump into the game, you’ll start off with just a single wizard (mage?) as the game takes you through all of the ins and outs of the mechanics. As usual, the tutorial carries on for way too long and I got extremely tired of being told to do the same things over and over again. There is a serious problem with 3D RPGs like this that treat their users like they’re dumb. Maybe some of their users are dumb, but the extent of handholding is just insane. Like I always say, there should always be a way for veteran gamers to skip over needless tutorials.
The combat is really the meat of the game and it’s pretty cool because it’s card based and completely customizable. You’ll earn new cards as you play through the game and you’ll even be able to level up your card’s abilities. You can keep 8 cards per hero in your hand, which means there is a lot of depth to each character. Characters are also aligned with different elements that have strengths and weaknesses very similar to something like Pokemon in that it acts as a system of rock, paper, scissor.
Battlehand is a great 3D action RPG when you finally get passed all of the tiresome tutorial missions, and I urge that you do.

Final ratings

Gameplay 10/10
Story 9/10
Graphics 9/10
Sound 9/10
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