A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There's no tutorial level, and figuring out how to play takes a while. Controls are basic, though, and can be figured out -- but it's not an optimal user experience.
Violence & Scariness
By swinging a mace or shooting a crossbow, you'll take out wave after wave of enemies, who shout in pain when they're hit and leave blood stains. But the view is from top down, and the characters are tiny.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the cartoon setting of the story, the hero drunkenly grabs the king's daughter and kisses her passionately. She is in an outfit that shows cleavage and is slit to her waist.
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Products & Purchases
A link from the main menu screen takes users to more games from the developer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The hero is shown drinking many beers and getting drunk in the opening scene setter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Braveheart HD is an action role-playing game for the iPad. Users assume the role of Richard the Knight, who is sent on a quest to recover the Holy Grail and slay a dragon. The game is primarily action-centric, taking a page from the tower defense style of gaming, where wave upon wave of enemies attack at a single time. You attack them with various types of crossbows, swords, and maces. Fallen enemies grunt or scream and leave blood spots on the ground when they're killed. The game does use a top down view, though, and characters are tiny, so the violence is somewhat less graphic than the blood may imply. A non-HD version is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Is It Any Good?
BRAVEHEART HD might have high aspirations to mimic some of the great "point and click" role-playing games on the market, but it's ultimately a one-note game. Enemies charge blindly at you and you mow them down, moving around the screen from time to time to pick up experience, health, or cash. While the game boasts 10 different weapons, there's very little discernible difference in how they're used on screen. The interstitial cartoon panels between levels end up being the best part of the game -- and that's not something worth paying for.
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