Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Like many freemium city or village building games, Brave Tribe is quite the slow burner and players shouldn’t expect to see everything that’s possible quickly. However, it is quite a fun take on a familiar genre.

bravetribe4Players control the leader of an Irish Celt village, attempting to stop the scourge of the evil Romans that are destroying the nearby forest. It’s all very similar to the exploits of Asterix, which is no bad thing at all. Throughout, the visuals are pretty charming and cartoon-like keeping a lighthearted vibe going, even with the potential violence.

For the most part, players will be tapping on buildings and more in order to interact with them and collect up various resources. There’s a circular effect going on, with the villagers needing food to have the energy to collect stuff such as swords which can be used to fend off the Romans. A side-quest relating to saving trapped squirrels further supplements one’s income, as well as the need to harvest crops often.

It’s the kind of thing that’s been seen before within the genre, but Brave Tribe does so with some enthusiasm. There’s a story-based structure to the proceedings thanks to a series of missions leading to the expansion of what happens next, thereby offering some more entertaining progression than most.

bravetribe2It’s a slow moving game, though. As is always the way with such games, there’s a fair bit of waiting around in order to progress. While things start out reasonably quickly, it’s not long before that wait starts turning into a matter of dropping in a couple of times a day in order to do something new. In-app purchases can skip past much of this, but it’s worth noting that Brave Tribe is going to take a while to truly develop.

Still, as far as freemium titles of this ilk go, Brave Tribe is a quite respectable one. Adding story-based elements, alongside plenty of cuteness, goes some way to encouraging one to come back for more.

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