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  • Summary: Embark on your own epic journey in this tactical RPG, where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story, as well as the outcome of conflicts encountered during your struggle for survival in this Viking inspired tale. **NOTE: The Banner Saga does NOT run on iPhone 4. iPhone 4SEmbark on your own epic journey in this tactical RPG, where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story, as well as the outcome of conflicts encountered during your struggle for survival in this Viking inspired tale. **NOTE: The Banner Saga does NOT run on iPhone 4. iPhone 4S and more modern devices recommended. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 8, 2014
    100
    Banner Saga is one of the greatest adventure games, mobile or otherwise, that's come around in quite a long time. Not only is it interesting and accessible, but it's clean, ornate, and enjoyable through and through. If you only pick out one adventure game this year on iOS, make it this one.
  2. Oct 7, 2014
    100
    This is that game that will change your mind on story driven games. As soon as you get caught up in the story, Banner Saga will give you a ride well worth the price of admission.
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    90
    Rarely do you see an iOS port that goes to such great lengths to preserve what made the PC version so special.
  4. Oct 12, 2014
    88
    The iOS version of The Banner Saga is as good as seen on PC. The same great visuals and soundtrack and gameplay, but at half the price: you just can't miss it.
  5. Oct 31, 2014
    88
    This isn't a game for all, but it's a real blast if you like story-driven adventure and powerful atmosphere. Its combat system is not as deep as it should be, but nevertheless it's fully functional to the narration, the real star of this game.
  6. Oct 6, 2014
    86
    Impressive art design, innovative travel inclusion, decisions and consequences. All the parts that made Banner Saga an impressive turn based strategy gem are found on the iPad.
  7. 80
    The Banner Saga asks a lot of its players, especially in the early chapters, but those who stay for the long run will enjoy a mature, character focused story which is both challenging and memorable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    An artisticly beautiful and tactically deep game, set in a particularly bleak Viking variant on the general Fantasy setting. This game doesAn artisticly beautiful and tactically deep game, set in a particularly bleak Viking variant on the general Fantasy setting. This game does not tell a happy story, and only covers the first part of an intended trilogy, but nonetheless it stands well above nearly all other offerings available on iOS.

    If you can play with headphones, do so, cause the music is excellent. Oh yeah, and the game is half price on iOS compared to Steam.
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  2. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    I didn't try the version of iOS.

    2014 was a year that indie games didn't shown as other years, but between all the games, considering it
    I didn't try the version of iOS.

    2014 was a year that indie games didn't shown as other years, but between all the games, considering it story, its mechanics and atmosphere, I consider The Banner Saga as the masterpiece of the last year. The plot is plain epic as the player had to make choices that, in difference like other games, here you actually don't know the consequences, affecting you and your caravan. Visually is wonderful, taking inspiration of the Nordic Mythology and making a whole new universe. But after all my favorite is the music, which is inspiring, intriguing, with orchestral music that not overwhelms the ear but still makes the feel of adventure and greatness. If you have the money, pay the game, and If you not, please wait to Lord Gaben If you have a pc for a sale, because this game is a must be for everyone that considers himself a lover of video-games.
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  3. Mar 14, 2015
    10
    This game is absolutely fantastic and the quintessential argument for video games being art. It does the turn-based tactical RPG genre a greatThis game is absolutely fantastic and the quintessential argument for video games being art. It does the turn-based tactical RPG genre a great favor by integrating a relatable culture into a traditionally high fantasy genre. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2014
    9
    the game is amazing. great story with likable character. great strategy and of course looks great. although the reason i gave it a 9 becausethe game is amazing. great story with likable character. great strategy and of course looks great. although the reason i gave it a 9 because it is a little bad with control bud not that bad. Expand
  5. May 31, 2015
    9
    I spent a long time researching apps and games that aren't cheesy free-to-play, pay-to-win games. This game caught my eye because I read anI spent a long time researching apps and games that aren't cheesy free-to-play, pay-to-win games. This game caught my eye because I read an interview where the makers made the comment that this game wasn't a $1 game; it wasn't going to marketed to a cheap audience. They wanted people to know this was a serious game. And this IS a serious game.

    What I got from this game was a deep, tactical strategy game with a great (if maybe a little too cryptic) storyline. I really enjoyed the blend of Oregon Trail-meets-classic tactics gameplay. The system of armor and strength (when you injure a character, they actually get weaker! No way?!) made for interesting tactical battles where you sometimes make choices that don't seem to make sense- for example, you can choose to either kill a unit, or just cripple him so that the enemy has one more useless unit taking up turns on their side of the board. This kind of thinking really deepens the game.

    The caravan style of play adds to the game, but only so long as you feel involved in the wellbeing of your subjects. I say this because it turns out that it doesn't really matter how much of your caravan survives; you can really just let them starve and it doesn't have a dramatic impact on the state of your party- you're just a little weaker in battles. Otherwise, you can ignore your caravan entirely. But if you're engaged and feel an innate responsibility to them, it provides a challenging aspect of balancing the strength of your heroes with the lives of your followers.

    I played this game on an original iPad mini, which had issues with the loading screens. Some of them took upwards of 2 minutes to load, which was mildly frustrating, given the frequency of battles and cutscenes that would cue such a loading screen. Overall though the gameplay experience was more than enough to make up for this one shortcoming. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a serious gaming experience on a handheld device.
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  6. Jun 19, 2015
    7
    Beautiful game, good but depressing story, solid mechanics. I played on PC but saw this port in action. The game needed more diversity ofBeautiful game, good but depressing story, solid mechanics. I played on PC but saw this port in action. The game needed more diversity of enemy types and the combat got stale. This is no XCOM or Shadowrun, but it is a solid game if you can find it on sale and/or like the genre. I'll at least be checking out the sequel. Seems like a good studio. Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2014
    4
    gameplay is way too slow and the plot isnt that great as advised, I mean, compared to other plots like a decent anime plot or manga plot thisgameplay is way too slow and the plot isnt that great as advised, I mean, compared to other plots like a decent anime plot or manga plot this is just too bland. On top of that it is expensive for a mobile game, my score would be better if the game was 4 free or something like $0,99 Expand

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