Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Long, packed with value and excellently executed, armchair tacticians will appreciate the deep character design, while RPG enthusiasts will be surprised to find an extremely well developed storyline with branching paths backing the tactical focus.
  2. The biggest downside to the game is that it is very deep and does require a lot of patience. For instance, after you complete your turn, you have to sit through the computer’s entire turn. After a while this can get tedious, especially in a long battle.
  3. Successful because it is simple. The game breaks down into a simple pattern that is perfect for the stop-and-start style of game play that is experienced when playing a handheld game.
  4. A strategy junkie's dream come true. [May 2002, p.115]
  5. Those of you who have attention-deficit problems or severe sugar ingestion issues will not like Tactics Ogre. [Apr 2002, p.88]
  6. The sheer number of battles, along with the multiple endings (the story branches at several points based on the gamer’s selections), extra maps with hidden treasure not found in the main quest, and the multiplayer function that allows players to put their squads head-to-head make Tactics Ogre a game with a lot to offer in terms of gameplay.
  7. 90
    While it’s not quite as deep as the older SNES game, there’s still a whole lot to like, and with so many potential character customization options it’ll keep you preoccupied for many, many an hour.
  8. The next great title in the genre.
  9. The action focuses on the turn-based management and strategic command of a small group of soldiers. This is a complex idea, but the gameplay of Tactics Ogre truly shines, and the Game Boy Advance is a capable platform for it.
  10. 80
    Because of the many, many choices to be made throughout the game, there are more than a few ways to play through it, and different characters to recruit.
  11. The story is rich and interesting with just enough plot twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but not too many to make you scratch your head in confusion...Without a doubt, one of the finest games for the GBA to date.
  12. An incredibly deep strategy RPG with a branching story line and a rewarding battle system. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  13. 85
    There are some downsides, such as the sluggish pace and initially overly easy computer AI, but once you get deeper into the game and get wrapped up in the storyline you'll soon forget about these shortcomings.
  14. A good game, but it fails to distinguish itself enough from it’s 1997 cousin. Same character models, same environments, same battle engine, same items, same weapons, same spells...there’s something to be said for consistency, but I feel Tactics Ogre needed to expand on the idea a little more, not just carbon-copy it.
  15. 90
    I explored many of the game's options and spent a lot of time leveling up, so I spent almost 70 hours playing this game. However, it was the intriguing story, with its quest for the relic sought by the fallen angel who only wants God's favor, that propelled me through the game to its every end.
  16. Engaging adventuring and razor-sharp fun for fans of epics and real-time strategy. [May 2002, p.138]
  17. Tactics Ogre is something truly original, both in form and execution, and once you start playing it, you'll know you're in for a treat.
  18. This game is the shiznit. It’s the best game on the Game Boy Advance.
  19. If you've never played a Quest game (and let's face it, not many in this country have), this is an awesome chance to find out why they're so great. [April 2002, p.68]
  20. A deep and addictive game, and the two-player link makes it an instant classic. [Summer 2002, p.36]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    I played this game a while ago but I remember enjoying the living hell out of it. It is a gem of the gba library do yourself a favor and play this game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2011
    This game is a must have for people who are in love with turn-based strategy games like myself. The gameplay is very unique and has a lot of strategy elements in it: terrain, elements, different classes, weather, etc. The story is also very interesting which is consistent with the Tactics Ogre franchise. Difficulty wise, i think the game is fair - until you spend a lot of time grinding in the training mode which can be repeated infinitely - then the game becomes a cakewalk. The game also allows the player to pick different routes which lead to alternate endings which increases the game's replayability. I have recently purchased the Tactics Ogre game for PSP, which is a remake of the original because of my love for this game. I am sad that these type of games don't have a much of a place on consoles anymore because of a niche market - but I am happy that Atlus continues to develop these games. (Overall 9+ - battle is a bit slow paced, animations are a bit slow) Full Review »
  3. gbarules
    May 15, 2007
    Using a wonderfully epic and cinematic story, great gameplay mechanics that go deeper than the deepest lake, and a whole heaping serving of what makes the series great, it's a fine addition to any RPG fan's library. If only the game hadn't been released so early: the sound is MIDI level (yet still good) and the graphics are choppy (yet still good). If you can still get your hands on this game, jump for it. It's worth every effort. Full Review »