By Jeff Haynes,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Strategy tale full of heroism, intrigue, and treachery.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Aside from fighting to protect friends and innocent people from schemes made by other kingdoms, players have a focus on teamwork, supporting people wanting to help to make a difference, and not judging people based on their backgrounds.
Positive Role Models
Serenoa is a kind young lord who wants to protect his land and his friends, honor his father and his house's name, and marry his betrothed. He tries to help everyone he can, and doesn't look down on others. Players can shape his responses to others, which will have an impact on certain decisions within the game, but for the most part, he and the other playable characters try to do the right thing in difficult situations, including being remorseful when he has to cause massive destruction.
There's a solid mix of male and female characters, all of whom are skilled in their own rights and capable fighters on the battlefield. There's also a mix of older and younger characters as well, highlighting that the warfare in the game touches all groups equally.
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Ease of Play
Learning the mechanics of battle are relatively easy to do, but learning which abilities let you perform combo attacks, take advantage of the high ground, and which status attacks are best against certain enemies can take time. Players will also face significant odds unless they fight their way through practice missions to level up their troops.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is a key part of the gameplay, with battles playing a significant role in the story development. Players use magic, swords, spears, and other weapons to eliminate enemies. Players can also set enemies on fire. For the most part, enemies disappear when defeated, but for the most part, blood and gore is left out. In some key story scenes, characters are killed resulting in blood pooling under their bodies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some sexual innuendo in dialogue sequences.
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"Bastard," "damned," and "ass" occasionally used in dialogue. "Shite" also shows up in conversation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character seems to be drunk after having too much at a celebration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Triangle Strategy is a strategy role-playing game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Players take on the role of a young lord and his group of friends struggling to keep his lands from being devastated by war from rival territories. Unfortunately, this means that they'll take on a significant number of opponents, all of whom want to eliminate them as potential threats to their schemes. Players will frequently engage in battles with armies of varying strengths, using magic, ranged weapons, swords, and more to eliminate their opponents. Aside from specific story moments, which show characters dying and bleeding, enemies disappear when defeated. Players may hear some sexual innuendo, and some occasional profanity, including "bastard," "damn," and "ass." One character is also shown drunk after having too much to drink at a celebration.
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What’s It About?
TRIANGLE STRATEGY is a strategy role-playing game (RPG) that takes place on the continent of Norzelia. After a huge campaign known as the Saltiron War pitted the three kingdoms of the region (Glenbrook, Aesfrost, and Hyzante) against each other for scarce resources, a tentative truce was formed to put an end to the conflict. The game takes place thirty years after the events of the war, and puts players in the shoes of Lord Serenoa, heir to the Glenbrook noble house of Wolfort. Serenoa is engaged to an Aesfrosti princess named Frederica as a way to tie their two nations closer together and ensure that peace is maintained across the land. Unfortunately for them, they're clearly pawns in a game of political intrigue, one that engulfs the land in a new conflict and forces the pair (along with their friends and allies) to fight for their lives. Gameplay is split into two separate phases: one where you develop your characters, advancing the plot, recruiting new allies to your side, and deciding which tactics you'll use. Along the way, players will have the option to affect Serenoa's worldview thanks to one of three convictions: Utility, Morality, or Liberty. These choices will also affect how party members respond to Serenoa: during some plot moments, these party members will offer their opinions and vote on the course that the group should take. Depending on your decisions, and the info you've gathered, you'll be able to sway their opinion to your side. The second phase is tactical combat, where players will deploy their forces and attempt to achieve objectives without their forces being overwhelmed. Sometimes this will involve reaching checkpoints, while others will require eliminating all enemy forces. There are plenty of strategic elements to consider, such as opponent weaknesses, or whether you have high ground, which will add distance and power to launched arrows. Players can even cause additional damage by striking a unit from behind, or combo attacks by surrounding enemies. Will Serenoa and his friends survive the chaos of war, or will they be the next Norzelian casualties?
Is It Any Good?
This strategy title merges tactical combat and political intrigue, which will appeal to a number of RPG fans. Without spoiling the story, Triangle Strategy has a plot that feels ripped from A Song of Fire and Ice, with arranged marriages, court betrayals, murders, and more driving the plot. Players can explore a main chapter story point or a possible side tale to gain a new character or learn more about a party member's background. Along the way, there are moments where you'll be able to select between three conversational choices to adjust Serenoa's personal convictions. These, in turn, impact your allies, and can directly change or manipulate the way that they'll vote for key plot points. To fully understand every side of the story, you'll need to replay the game several times. But there are some issues here: the choices themselves aren't visually aligned to a specific conviction system, so when a menu pop up simply says that your convictions are strengthened, you have no idea what direction you're leading your character. Further, many of the events of the story are already set in motion, so while you may make important decisions, you're often on the sideline watching the plot unfold. You just wish that there was more you could do to explore the lives of these characters in these extreme circumstances.
Fortunately, the tactical strategy in battle makes up for the story's rough spots. Players can take advantage of elevated ground to cause additional damage from a distance, funnel enemies into narrow pathways and blast them with magic, or immobilize targets with status effects. Units can also be strategically positioned to backstab enemies for more painful strikes, or to bounce targets between two teammates for combo attacks. Completing these tactical blows will earn you points to use for special moves, like recovering a unit's health automatically or skipping enemy turns in favor of your own. It might not be as deep as other tactical titles like Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but the fights require planning and careful placement of units to be successful. You'll also need to invest in grinding through battles to strengthen your troops, because missions will test your squads with more challenging units that will easily wipe out weaker troops. If you can look past the story hiccups, Triangle Strategy will test your tactical skills for quite some time.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Triangle Strategy affected by the lack of blood and gore in most fights? Does the inclusion of blood and bodies for pivotal story moments feel more jarring when it's included?
Triangle Strategy rewards cautious, tactical planning in combat, but is this the right way to play the game? Should you use these tactics in other games or in real life? Similarly, Are there moments when it would be better to be more impulsive than measured?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Release date: March 4, 2022
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Adventures
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol
- Last updated: March 10, 2022
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