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What's it about?
As with many Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs), there's a basic storyline at work in GUARDIAN TALES. You're a new knight who survives a battle where the princess is captured by aliens, so you follow them to try to rescue her. Along the way, you'll encounter plenty of side quests and meet quirky people. Your job is to rise from a humble beginning and become the savior of the land. After you clear the first world, though, you'll also find a strategy element layered onto the game, where you can build your own town, adding things like a bakery, a cafe, and more to keep other characters happy. And each map includes a side quest or two that let you build up your in-game currency and start summoning heroes and weapons.
Is it any good?
This game embraces nostalgia warmly, but it doesn't help you figure out what you're doing or what your next moves should be from one section to the next. Using old-school graphics and a heavy dose of humor (and nods to other games), Guardian Tales seems welcoming to players even if its interface is a bit complicated and it doesn't have an especially strong tutorial. Beneath that seemingly casual first layer, though, is a game that ultimately demands the player's attention. There's a lot going on, but it's introduced at a slow enough pace that it's not instantly overwhelming. And whether you like the hack-and-slash style of older games, the town building, the hero summoning, or some other element, there's bound to be something for almost everyone.
The fact that there's so much going on isn't a criticism, though. It's admirable. Guardian Tales offers an astounding amount of diversity and gameplay for a free-to-play game. The price for that is a heavy-handed push for in-app purchases (which is hardly unheard of these days) and a confusing currency system that will take some time to wrap your head around. Neither are deal-breakers. It's a game that never takes itself too seriously, but it isn't loaded with fluff. If you're an RPG fan -- especially a JRPG fan -- Guardian Tales is a great escape.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 8, 2020
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 225.00 MB
- Publisher: Kakao Games Corp.
- Version: 1.9.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: September 23, 2020
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