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Rune Raiders Review
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Rune Raiders, a turn-based tile battle game from Retro64, is now available from the app store. Featuring an appealing graphic style, a large cast of unique characters, and light-hearted strategic challenges, Rune Raiders is a fun and casual adventure for gamers of all ages.

Rune Raiders Pros:

  • Polished, storybook graphics and cute animations
  • Appealing medieval soundtrack
  • Intuitive drag and tap controls
  • Mission and Survival modes with multiple save slots and difficulty levels
  • Variety of characters and enemies with unique, upgradeable attributes
  • GameCenter leaderboards and achievements to earn

Rune Raiders Cons:

  • Relatively short gameplay
  • Lot of steps needed to get into game from main menu

Battles take place upon a gameboard composed of a lengthy grid of squares. Using your initial funds, you purchase characters to take into battle, up to a half-dozen. There are a dozen characters in all, fulfilling the traditional classes of ranged fighters, melee brawlers, and mystical healers. Each is rated for damage, armor, shots, and weapons. Similar to a chess match, each character has a set attack pattern, relegating their effective abilities to certain squares which are highlighted when you hold your finger on its piece. On the other side of the board, enemy tiles are bent on preventing you from reaching their domain and ending the battle, matching you turn-for-turn with their own brand of attacks. Your options are fight or flight, and each is necessary to achieve victory.

Your group moves forward in tandem, though you can rearrange their positioning behind the forward line to create the best strategic setup, such as placing melee attackers at the forefront, healers within reach, and ranged fighters at a safe distance. Whenever an opponent is within attacking distance of one of your troops, a battle sequence plays out. Characters have health bars at the base of their tiles, so you can quickly see how close to death each is. Vanquishing foes will earn gold that can be used to purchase more fighters in the next round, revive dead fighters, or upgrade your current characters. Once in a while, you’ll come across an object that allows you to apply a special power-up to a chosen fighter, boosting some aspect of its skills. The difficulty ramps up at a good pace, giving you a chance to get your bearings before putting your feet to the fire.

The graphics have a polished and enjoyable storybook-quality, which should appeal to a young crowd. There are a lot of earthy tones to give it a rugged, outdoorsy look, and the character animations are fun to watch. Battles can get quite complicated and difficult to follow until you have a good grasp on the different attack patterns and abilities of each player type. The soundtrack has some medieval flair, creating a pleasant backdrop for the on-screen action. Controls rely on dragging tiles into the desired spots and tapping a button to move your group forward, side-to-side, or in place. The rest is handled automatically based on the positioning of the tiles. Replay value is fair, despite there being only 15 levels to play in Mission mode. After completing the first five battles, a Survival mode is unlocked, which will likely be your focus after completing the small number of levels available at launch. Multiple save slots allow different gamers to play on the same device without impacting the stats or progress of anyone else, and three difficulty levels give you the ability to tailor the gameplay to your liking. GameCenter leaderboards and achievements are also present. A universal app for $0.99, Rune Raiders is 4-Dimple strategic offering.

Rune Raiders Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2012-03-21T01:00:26+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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