• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
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  • Summary: Rondo of Swords combines an epic narrative, complete with a branching story and multiple endings, with an innovative combat mechanic that takes advantage of the DS touch screen and forces you to add even more strategy and planning to your attacks. Route Maneuvers allow you to hit allRondo of Swords combines an epic narrative, complete with a branching story and multiple endings, with an innovative combat mechanic that takes advantage of the DS touch screen and forces you to add even more strategy and planning to your attacks. Route Maneuvers allow you to hit all enemies in your path and enhance your attack or defense, while managing your Momentum Counter to gain stat bonuses and control who your enemies target becomes critical to success! Challenging gameplay, a lengthy campaign, deep party management, and customizable skills all come together to make Rondo of Swords a compelling fantasy strategy RPG package. Cleanse the sacred blade, protect the princess, and vanquish the oppressing armies of your enemy on your quest to deliver the Kingdom of Bretwalde from tyranny! [Atlus USA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. With the movement-based attacks and extensive roster of characters, there's no doubt that strategy fans will find a lot to like here.
  2. A really excellent SRPG and probably the best game of the genre on the DS to date.
  3. Play Magazine
    80
    Ah, battle...for it is here that the true potential of this title shines brightest. [Apr 2008, p.69]
  4. 68
    Rondo of Swords could have been a great strategy RPG.
  5. With a unique combat system, colorful graphics, and character upgrade options that deliver plenty of challenges, Rondo of Swords might not be the kind of war that everyone may want to fight, but it won't hold back those who decide to take up the struggle.
  6. 67
    Rondo of Swords can be a frustrating game. But those frustrations feel like an intentional part of the design; it's not meant as a cakewalk.
  7. If you're really into strategy role-playing games, and if you can tolerate the low budget sights and sounds, you may enjoy Rondo of Swords.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DanielB
    Feb 12, 2009
    9
    This is a great game, easily overlooked, but super fun nonetheless. Yes, it is brutally challenging at times, but figuring out the correctThis is a great game, easily overlooked, but super fun nonetheless. Yes, it is brutally challenging at times, but figuring out the correct strategy is half of the fun. The move based battle system is unique and affords many more possibilities in battle than your average SRPG. Great character management, upgrade and story make this a must play on my list. Expand
  2. Jeff
    Sep 2, 2008
    8
    A great game with a deep story. you have at least some control over how the story ends. lack of any type of multiplayer is disappointing and A great game with a deep story. you have at least some control over how the story ends. lack of any type of multiplayer is disappointing and some levels seem to be designed to frustrate the player. Expand
  3. Feb 7, 2013
    7
    As of today, I've never played a turn-based strategy RPG like Rondo of Sword. The game is very crude, lacking in some important ways (hiddenAs of today, I've never played a turn-based strategy RPG like Rondo of Sword. The game is very crude, lacking in some important ways (hidden stats and abilities, little to no information about skills...), the plot isn't that good and most of the characters turns into empty shells as the story advances, but it is unique in a well estabilished genre. Thoughtful strategies (the Route Maneuver System is a blast take time to learn about it beforehand), hard missions, great depth in character's build and party planning: there are as much things to dilike as things to like, but overall, I find it worthwhile. Expand

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#63 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008