Rebelstar: Tactical Command Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2005
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. The Advance Wars series provides a more polished and super-slick strategy experience than Rebelstar. But for that pure X-COM vibe and the utter joy of a turn-based plan coming together, Rebelstar Tactical Command has twenty hours of love on offer to those who want to spend their AP wisely.
  2. 85
    It's official, Real-Time Strategy fans everywhere have been delivered their latest fix. Rebelstar: Tactical Command delivers all the fun of the Xcom series in a delightfully portable package.
  3. A hard core, straight up, turn-based strategy game that's got a lot of depth. The story is surprisingly entertaining.
  4. Game Informer
    90
    More exciting than just about anything the DS or PSP has offered up so far. [Oct 2005, p.152]
  5. Dense, methodical, and maybe even a little bit unfriendly, but there's nothing else quite like it on Game Boy today.
  6. 100
    Its slower, more thoughtful play style coupled with the ability to save mid-battle makes it a perfect game for on-the-go playing.
  7. Though it lacks the base-building and economic concerns of its ancestor, Rebelstar delivers in a big way with a lengthy, engaging campaign married to an elegant turn-based combat system.
  8. 80
    A solid strategy game experience for GBA owners. Anything the game's presentation lacks is more than made up for by the intricacies of its gameplay.
  9. Deep in Gamestyle Towers we have a closet called "hidden gems" where some of the best and most overlooked video games reside. Rebelstar Tactical Command fits this criteria perfectly, if you are in need of a new handheld challenge, then this is a must have purchase.
  10. Where Rebelstar Tactical Command really shines is in the wonderful way it supplies gamers with information in a lucid, logical and thought-provoking combat system.
  11. Rebelstar: Tactical Command's shortcomings are vastly outweighed by the ingenius design and fun gameplay.
  12. 77
    While "Advance Wars" and "Fire Emblem" are better than Rebelstar, it's nice to have another strategy choice on the GBA.
  13. While Rebelstar: Tactical Command may seem a few years late to PC gamers used to this level of depth in their SRPGs, handheld gamers can now enter into the arena of intelligent, well designed and rewarding turn-distance-based gaming.
  14. 80
    The most charming aspect of Rebelstar: Tactical Command is the way it makes such great use of limited resources.
  15. This is a great game to have if you enjoyed the Advance War or Fire Emblem games. While it isn't as good as those two games, the engine takes parts from both of the above-mentioned games and makes a great play for around 24 missions.
  16. Nintendo Gamer
    79
    Decent, but let down by bland presentation and annoying bugs. [Oct 2006, p.69]
  17. It hasn't got sky-high production values; it's very slow-paced; and it's not nearly as accessible as either Advance Wars or Fire Emblem. However, it's big and challenging, and it has some great music and - most importantly - a battle system so incredibly deep that it ensures that the game cartridge will stay in your GBA for a long time to come.
  18. 80
    Thoroughly recommended and the campaign for a similar game on a more powerful platform begins now.
  19. I have always found action point-style strategy games slow and cumbersome, but Rebelstar's interface does an excellent job of simplifying actions while still offering a lot of tactical choices.
  20. The presentation, storyline, and gameplay are what make this title one to own for your GBA. If you love turn-based strategy games, or have fond memories of X-Com, you've probably already picked up this title.
  21. 80
    It's more dense and difficult than most other handheld strategy titles, and the 24 campaign missions provide a variety of surprises and pleasures.

Awards & Rankings

10
14
#14 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
8
#8 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JoseV.
    Jan 31, 2007
    9
    It is probably one of the most well executed RPG games that I have ever played... the strategy to the game gives it an appealing way to make It is probably one of the most well executed RPG games that I have ever played... the strategy to the game gives it an appealing way to make the people playing the game a way to make split second decisions. Very good game overall. Full Review »
  2. TrixW.
    Dec 24, 2005
    8
    My favorite game for about two weeks. The "bonus level" was incomplete and the game had a few bugs. They must have rushed this one. IMHO it My favorite game for about two weeks. The "bonus level" was incomplete and the game had a few bugs. They must have rushed this one. IMHO it has no replay value. I would have given it a 10 if it were longer, maybe had a level maker and had better multiplayer potential. Full Review »
  3. GrahamP.
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    Please make more of these games - any platform - I'll buy the platform to play the game !! I love these squad level turn based games. Please make more of these games - any platform - I'll buy the platform to play the game !! I love these squad level turn based games. More more more more please. Full Review »