Developer: Phase Two Games
Publisher: Phase Two Games
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 5/11/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Battle Hunters is strange wee game where the whole of the game is better than the individual parts. The devs get the gameplay down and is amazing. However, could have done with some more time to work on the look, and flesh out story and characters.
Battle Hunters task three heros to find the oldest and wisest wizard in the land to hold back the throngs of a nameless villain. Recurt a horde of heros along the way and defend the Kingdom.
The gameplay had me hooked when starting Battle Hunters; I have still to figure out why, but it did. The game is an isometric simple dungeon crawler. That sees your party of three heros run about a map in a line to the next impending battle or to collect the loot dotted about the map.
When entering specific battles you could run in to a new hero to join your merry band. All you have to do is win the fight and they will join you. There are 24 heros to recruit everything from the monk, dragon, to a space marine.
Each with their own stats, abilities, and usefulness. Some enemies will be weaker to specific types or hero’s so swapping heros is important. Not only from a battle point of view, but only the three active members gain EXP after each fight.
Battles work on a turn based system, you can select a character by pressing UP, LEFT or RIGHT on the D-Pad the game will pause and you can issue a command to the hero. Can get them to target an enemy, use a skill, move. After an action is complete, the game should freeze and allow for the next command. It does not always do this. I do not mind as I like to monitor my party and issue commands when needed. It also makes the game much more engaging. Once the battle is won it is off to the next one.
To start with Battle Hunters has a good foundation in terms of heros and battle mechanics, but everything else it lack luster. I feel I kept coming back for the fights, the games looks are well bland and poor, could do with a bit of an overhaul. However, with 15 hours of fun game play it’s definitely worth playing epically if on a sale.