Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Strategic tale offers a clunky yet effective challenge.

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Positive Messages

Players follow the story of the six different nations vying for control of the continent. Each has its own motivations, whether it be greed, independence, or anything in between. But they're all just reasons to draw the different sides into the conflict.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although each nation has its own reasons for going to war, there's not a lot of character development outside of their motivations to fight.

Ease of Play

The game requires a lot of unit management and navigation through multiple menus. It's a bit disorganized and clunky, but still gets the job done.


Battle phases show characters in combat with various weapons, magic abilities, and other attacks, while cutscenes show a few more detailed scenes of violence, such as poisoning. Even so, there's very little blood shown onscreen and no graphic depictions of violence or gore.


Many female characters and creatures are shown wearing outfits that suggestively focus on their cleavage.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters are shown to be drinking and smoking, and some lines of dialogue further reference drinking and getting drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a strategic role-playing game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. Players choose one of six nations in the land of Runersia and direct its armies in an all-out war for supremacy. The game requires a lot of micromanagement and navigation through various menus, which can be overwhelming to less experienced players. Combat is constant, though there's very little iblood shown onscreen, and no graphic or extreme depictions of the violence. Parents should also know that many females are presented in suggestive fantasy outfits and some characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking a pipe.

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What's it about?

BRIGANDINE: THE LEGEND OF RUNERSIA is a strategic simulation game, telling the story of the five nations of Runersia, a sixth tribe striving for independence, and the epic war between them all for dominance of the land. The key to victory lies in the control of the five legendary Mana Stones and the respective armored relics, dubbed Brigandines, that house them. As the ruler of one of these six groups, your goal is to enter the conflict with your rune knight, your armies, and even the strange bestiary of creatures that inhabit the land. When the dust settles, Runeirsia will be unified under a single banner … but will it be yours?

Is it any good?

It's been more than twenty years since the original game was released for the PlayStation. Now, two decades later, this classic strategic role-playing game has finally gotten a sequel with Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia for the Nintendo Switch. The game stacks the deck against the player in a few different ways. For starters, the players' main goal is to take their one small nation up against everything the other five can throw at them. Adding to the challenge, players must race the clock to be the last nation standing, conquering the continent within a set number of turns/seasons. There are also limits to the number of creatures that players can keep in their stables, which in turn limits the available options for the knights' forces.

Gameplay's broken up into two, self-explanatory main phases: Organization and Attack. Organization has players create different platoons of knights, soldiers, and creatures. This is the more time-consuming part of the game as well. Here's where players manage their troops and there's usually a lot of work to be done before each attack. It's a long, drawn out process that's impossible to just gloss over. There's an insane amount of micromanagement. Once things move to the Attack phase, the action picks up considerably, but it's no less involved than the Organization. Here, players need to monitor terrain for bonuses and disadvantages, corral their creatures before they move out of the rune knight's protection, and of course, they still need attack the opposition. It's a lot of work and a lot of preparation, but when it all comes together, it's effective. For hardcore fans of tactics based role-playing games, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a methodical challenge. But for younger or less experienced players, it can be overwhelming and frustrating.

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