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  • Summary: Broken Lines is a story-driven tactical RPG set in an alternate-history version of World War II. It’s a game about a group of eight soldiers who crash-land behind enemy lines. It’s up to you to lead them home while fending off the enemy and helping them deal with the horrors of war.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. Apr 6, 2020
    90
    I highly recommend the game for anyone who likes turn based combat games and especially those who love a bit of a deeper storyline woven in. It’s not a bad price, but it is worth noting that single play through can be achieved in about 6 to 7 hours… so the main way you will get value here is in replaying to see what different story choices do to your outcome, but I’m pretty confident when you get to the end, you will feel compelled to jump back in and see if you can get a different ending.
  2. Feb 25, 2020
    80
    Broken Lines is a solid turn-based strategy-RPG hybrid with endearing characters, strong tactical gameplay that doesn’t overstay its welcome, and an alternate history WWII survival-mystery story filled with desperation, hopelessness, and dread.
  3. Feb 25, 2020
    80
    For all its comparatively minor flaws and one major issue that will most likely get patched by the time it releases, Broken Lines is a great strategy game that takes the usual tactical thinking and bends it just enough to feel fresh. Without the safety net of unmoving opponents or the ability to react on the fly, you have to consider what the AI might do more carefully and really utilise your powers and squad composition to get through a fight unscathed. So even with the occasional gruelling travel section, Broken Lines is still a pretty enjoyable ride. Kind of like that one war movie you love but no-one else gets.
  4. Apr 8, 2020
    80
    With a fascinating story and great gameplay, Broken Lines makes a strong case that turn-based combat can be used for projects more modest than the grand strategy and expansive RPGs that generally feature it.
  5. CD-Action
    Apr 17, 2020
    80
    There’s a lot to fix in the game but regardless it offers a heap of fun and playability – even if sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint why exactly. [05/2020, p.72]
  6. Mar 23, 2020
    77
    Broken Lines tells an alternative World War II history, following a desperate journey made by eight survivors. Despite some missing points, the tactical game system works well and every decision has its own weight.
  7. Feb 24, 2020
    70
    Broken Lines has some noticeable flaws such as performance woes, a lack of weapon variety and utility, and a poorly implemented save system. Still, it manages to entertain you during its short campaign and there are additional replayability quirks. The pause-and-play concept rewards smart, tactical decisions while you revel in the action that unfolds.

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  1. Feb 25, 2020
    10
    Good - but tough combat, I hope I can get to the end of the campaign with my favorite characters alive. And then maybe try on hard andGood - but tough combat, I hope I can get to the end of the campaign with my favorite characters alive. And then maybe try on hard and experience the other missions and get the ‘good’ ending. It's rather humoristic, so I remember my game from childhood: Commandos. The atmosphere is the same there, while there is alternative universe in Broken Lines, which lets us avoid any historical concerns and debates on who's the WW2 winner is. Recommend everyone who loves turned based tactics! Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2020
    10
    Since your decisions have an impact on the ending, this game has a lot of replayability, definitely a game that you can enjoy many times over.
  3. Feb 25, 2020
    10
    Permadeath? Check
    Friendly fire? Check
    It's rare to see a game implement these features quite as well as Broken Lines has.
  4. Feb 25, 2020
    10
    It's good to see a new turn-based game, the storyline is fantastically deep and lets you pick your own direction. I know how I'm going toIt's good to see a new turn-based game, the storyline is fantastically deep and lets you pick your own direction. I know how I'm going to spend this weekend! Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2020
    9
    Broken Lines is a story-driven turn-based tactical RPG developed by PortaPlay, The game is set in a twisted version of World War II.
    First
    Broken Lines is a story-driven turn-based tactical RPG developed by PortaPlay, The game is set in a twisted version of World War II.
    First thing that got my attention is the games tutorial , one of the best i have seen on this kind of game.
    The story game revolves around 8 soldier that get stranded in a unknown territory with no clue on what there orders are and what they suppose to do.
    The tactigal game is very enjoyable and killing the enemy is very satisfying , broken lines is not trying to emulate other titles like Xcom and the feel and gameplay you get out of this RPG set's it apart from the others in this jeandra.

    The weapons you are going to use are not that diverse but they will be enough to enjoi the game, and not filling like something is missing
    The character's you get to play with have very unique personalities making the player to set them apart during the gameplay almost automatically.
    The decisions you make thru out of the gameplay have a impact on the ending of the game so it gaves it more value because of replayability.
    the Aeye in the game is not made out of some mindless bots and you wil find your self more than wants surprised by the decisions and reactions they have in relation with your playing style
    The graphic's are more then decent, whit a unique art stile , great maps and a good soundtrack which contribuie on the immersion.
    That being said, if you are a fan of this jandra, you may want to give this game a chance..
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  6. Jun 15, 2020
    7
    Good indie Game. It's a light strategy game where you will command a 4 or 5 man sized squad (from 8 characters to choose from) . Game is basedGood indie Game. It's a light strategy game where you will command a 4 or 5 man sized squad (from 8 characters to choose from) . Game is based on 8 second real time auto paused sessions where you will give a sequences of orders to your troop (like run or use an ability). After a mission you will have to manage a few resources (food, buy and switch weapons, some special objects..not much else), and assign perks to yours soldiers. There are also some dialogues that alter morale, relations and skill of your squad
    The good:
    1) Different missions to choose from that will exclude one- another ...so you will probably finish the game at least two times to see different paths.
    2) Moral and dramatic decisions that are often in the "gray area" so...there is no easy good-guy path
    3) A very pleasant aspect of the game is that there is NO option to save a game during missions or before a path choice...so you can't abuse save-spam to see an outcome beforehand..this will add tension and fun-mistery to the game
    4) Not too long to finish... you will need about 7 hours ..but you will probabily replay it to see other paths and endings. Missions are also short but in a good way so there isn't downtime
    5) Soldiers have their personality.
    6) Mystery (supernatural or sci-fi) and WW2 Mix Well
    The bad:
    1) Combat is somewhat lackuster...very few options and basic A.I.
    2) Rpg and managemen are also basics.
    3) Most parts of the plot are not explained....this give some mystery...but also feel a little disappointed.
    4) Some late game repetitiveness...mostly because point 1 and 2.
    5) Cutscene are very basic...most of the story is narrated through text and still image..it could be better. Maybe buget restrictions.

    To sum up a good indie if you can find it at a good price.
    I liked it and I hope for a sequel but with a little more options and things to do.
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  7. Mar 12, 2020
    6
    Flawed but fun. The main mechanic is enjoyable, for a while, but ultimately there are so many annoying flaws, the game misses greatness. WhileFlawed but fun. The main mechanic is enjoyable, for a while, but ultimately there are so many annoying flaws, the game misses greatness. While blasting baddies is satisfying, managing your squad is made challenging by the control system. Expand

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