Dive into the 2D fantasy world of Guardian Tales and fight invading monsters to save the kingdom.
Battle enemies using a retro-style 2D combat system and interact and team up with various characters.
Join guilds and fight friends and foes alike in 3v3 PvP arenas.
Guardian Tales is a title that manages to appeal to our nostalgia. Much like SNES and SEGA Mega Drive games of yore, it offers a 2D RPG experience that is not only full of action but also puzzles that require you to allocate a huge chunk of brainpower in order to solve. However, it’s more than a trip to the past since it manages to add modern twists to its gameplay, infusing hero-collecting mechanics and deep and intricate RPG elements.
Thing is, will this game appeal to you and is it worth downloading? Should you dive into it even if you’re not exactly someone who likes retro-style games? Well, before you decide, let’s check out what it has to offer first.
Guardian Tales starts off with an RPG scene where you’re thrown into a medieval fantasy kingdom as a knight-recruit. Without diving deep into spoilers, an invasion by powerful monsters brings the kingdom to its knees and it’s your role to try and quell the horde along with characters you meet along the way. The story doesn’t stand out that much, although the themes and settings are similar to games of old.
In terms of gameplay, Guardian Tales uses a 2D-top view, akin to games like Zenonia. The controls are typical of mobile action-RPGs. You’ll move around using a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen. Though it looks like a four-directional button scheme, it’s actually a joystick. In addition, the attack and skill buttons are on the right side of the screen. You can coordinate combos by tapping buttons and doing gestures on the screen.
In a nutshell, you’ll end up fighting hordes of monsters in Guardian Tales, while also solving puzzles scattered around the levels. Boss fights are also relatively common but thankfully, NPCs that aid your character can help you get the job done. Speaking of NPCs, you can interact with them on the field. A good part of the game also includes a lot of looting and managing your characters’ equipment. In addition, you’ll also have to get new characters as the story progresses.
Apart from having a single-player adventure, the game also has guilds and 3v3 battles. There’s also a mode where you can customize and build your own island where your character can rest and recuperate, and where your guardians can hang out. You can also form and join guilds with your friends, as well as with different players you meet.
In terms of presentation, Guardian Tales manages to impress. Its animated cutscenes are akin to a high-budget anime. The game also runs pretty smoothly. Moreover, though it looks like a 2D retro title, the character designs and battle animations are a joy to look at and experience.
Overall, Guardian Tales is both a throwback and an improvement to old 2D action-RPGs. It’s a fun little adventure that manages to impress and exceed expectations. Thanks to its robust cast of guardians and intricate RPG mechanics, it’s a must-play for people looking to start an amazing adventure. You won’t lack things to do, as you’ll have an island of your own, as well as puzzles to solve and monsters to slay.