Playing Now: Brave Frontier (iOS/Android)
I’ve been a fan of JRPG since I have come across the Final Fantasy Series, Dragon Quest, and many others. Upon seeing Brave Frontier, I instantly fell in love with it. As an overview, Brave Frontier is a game where you go on quests or dungeons and summon units to take your side. These units can be fused to gain experience or evolve into something more powerful. It takes a turn based approach into a whole new level by incorporating touch commands by tapping and flicking. This game is currently being published by Gumi Asia and developed by Gumi Inc. The game is available on both iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android.
It follows a turn based action we all love from JRPGs. There are active bars to wait for nor gauges to fill. It’s a simple turn based games where you tap a character and it immediately attacks. When a gauge fills, you simply hold and flick upwards to initiate the attack. This game also incorporates an energy system where you use up energy when starting a quest or participating in a special dungeon. You need an active internet connection in order to play this game. For social interaction, you can add friends and use their primary units when doing quests and special dungeons. You can also give gifts which are useful in synthesizing items.
It follows a free to play business model where you only use real currency to purchase “gems” in-game. The gems are used for various in-game functions such as increasing unit slots, fill up the energy bar, and summoning rare units.
What I Like About the Game
- It’s a simple gameplay with complex elements once you progress further.You will notice that higher leveled quests need some thinking over on when you will use the Special attacks (Brave Bursts, BB).
- The graphics are also wonderful to behold as every detail looks polished and well made.
- The weekly and special events makes the game fresh and interesting.
- Collecting summon units are addicting.
What I don’t Like About the Game
- Story is sub par and has no engaging elements on it.
- No social interactions besides the item sending.
- Some server problems which causes the game to crash every once and a while and you lose your current dungeon together with the energy you spent.
The game is a good casual game where you are not required to play all the time. I understand that this is a fairly new game and has room for improvement. The server crashes does not happen all the time, and it’s clearly not a deal breaker. But the game having server problems because of the volume of players is sometimes a good sign that the game is worth your time.