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Review Braveland

Jay Feldman
Decent graphics, one-finger controls
Glitches, very common, slow animation
Braveland for Android has a familiar look and feel. It relies on turn by turn play, imagination and is heavy on story. Unfortunately, the layout feels cluttered and difficult to enjoy, particularly on small screens.
The story for Braveland is simple: your village was pillaged by bandits and you have to lead and army to ward them off and win back the village. Generally, turn by turn play is fun if it’s done well, but in this instance, it’s all very slow and belabored. There’s just not enough action to keep me captivated and engaged in what’s happening. I suspect little kids would really enjoy this though; it’s very easy to understand and follow. But more advanced players will likely get bored quickly. It’s just not very immersive and feels rudimentary.
The controls are just ok. Moving your army around the battles is a bit clunky. Taps and touches didn't always register and lacked accuracy. The battles themselves aren't very interesting and there’s very little control over what’s happening. There are lots of different options, upgrades, weaponry and plenty of characters. I think the game rightly aspires to go big in its creation of this make-believe fable. But in some ways, it all just gets to be overkill and hard to keep track of. This app would benefit from a little streamlining and editing, that way whatever is left, will actually pop and entice.
Braveland has a lot of potential but needs a little more time in the incubator. As it is, I found it to be clunky and heavy handed. Little kids may love it, but more discerning players will likely lose interest pretty quick.

Final ratings

Gameplay 6/10
Story 8/10
Graphics 6/10
Sound 7/10
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