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Slingshot Braves review: Role-playing game battles with some pull

Make a quick search for RPGs on Google Play and you’ll find numerous quality Japanese RPGs (JRPGs) from publishers like Square-Enix, HyperDevbox, and Tecmo Koei. Although pretty much every RPG fan knowsthe Final Fantasy titles by heart, it can be difficult for even genre enthusiasts to tell the mass of mobile JRPGs apart.

COLOPL, a Japanese developer who specializes in mobile games, has found a way to make RPGs seem fresh and new: add slingshot mechanics! Slingshot Braves is a free-to-play JPRG with the most unique battle system in town. Instead of menu-based or action-oriented combat, players attack by slingshotting their characters into enemy monsters. The slingshot combat and 2-player co-op missions make for a surprisingly fun and distinct entry in the role-playing genre.

The power of three

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After engaging in one of those climactic teaser battles that shows you what the game is going to be like, players awaken in the building of a heroes’ guild. The first thing you’ll do is customize your anime-style character from a too-small assortment of pieces. Then comes the fun part: deciding on your slingshot.

Slingshot Braves initially offers three main types of slingshots, each of which affects the mechanics of a character’s attacks (two more types unlock later). All can be aimed simply by pulling back on a character and then releasing.

 Attacks with the blade cause a character to ricochet around until he or she stops hitting targets, not unlike a pinball. The lance pierces through multiple enemies in a straight line, usually reflecting off the wall for extra hits. The hammer strikes all enemies within a certain radius, usually producing massive combos as a result.

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The choice of weapon for your main character won’t lock you down too tightly, as the other two weapons are shared by your second and third party members. Players only control two characters at a time during battle, but either one can be swapped out for the third in order to recharge health or mix up combat strategies.

The different combat styles are a joy to use, although I found the blade’s ricochet path harder to predict and use effectively. I’m not exactly a wizard at pool, either. The more subsequent/simultaneous hits a character gets during a turn, the higher the damage they deal. Heroes can even reflect off of each other during an attack for a quick and easy combo bonus. You can also charge up and use special moves to deal extra damage or heal teammates.

Monster-hunting missions

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Slingshot Braves is a role-playing game, but with an understandably greater focus on combat than story. The heroes do have a reason for embarking on quests and fighting monsters, at least. A demonic uprising threatens the land. To save humanity, our heroes must uncover an ancient artifact before the enemy hordes. The story comes to life mostly through text-based conversations with guild NPCs. Your teammates have zero dialog or personality, oddly enough.

Players engage in missions by selecting them from the map screen, not unlike Pac-Man Monsters. Each mission consists of one or more battles against increasing numbers of enemies. Thwart them all to receive lots of crafting ingredients that I honestly have no idea what to do with – the inventory system could be explained a lot better. Special daily and limited time missions provide increased challenge and greater rewards.


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Another potential highlight of the game beyond the great combat system is the ample assortment of co-op missions. These can be played either by local Wi-Fi or online. The matchmaking system and menus are extremely clunky, but you should be able to find a partner eventually. Or you could add me (EastX) as a friend! Go to Friends, Find Friends, and enter PACEVEDO to send a friend request.

During co-op missions, each player takes only two characters into a battle – no third wheels allowed. Both human partners will take turns attacking the enemies and can even combo off of each other. If one person gets disconnected (which happens too often in my experience), the AI will automatically fill in for the other player. Even if you die, your partner can go on to win the mission and earn rewards for you both!

In-App Purchases

Slingshot Braves uses the common stamina system to encourage in-app purchases. Each mission players go on will drain a little stamina. Your stamina bar increases as you level up, but you’re bound to run out if you play a lot. Stamina refills cost gems, the premium currency. Other uses for gems include expanding your storage, changing your character’s appearance, and playing the “Gacha” game to win random premium items.

Brave new world

Even the most stalwart fan of JRPGs must admit that turn-based battles can get old after a while. Slingshot Braves shoots right past that obstacle with its slingshot-based fights and optional co-op battles. I do wish for a better story and more intuitive equipment and crafting menus, but those elements don’t throw the game too far off course.

Hopefully COLOPL continues to support Slingshot Braves with more content and special events for a long time to come. Be brave and give this adventure a try!

  • Now this is what I like to see more of on AC. Dedicated, in depth app review for less casual games. Awesome!
  • Glad you liked it! Longer games like this take more time to play, but I'll do my best to continue reviewing one every week or so.
  • I have it but can't find what you're supposed to use golf coins for since you buy things with gems. Posted via Android Central App
  • coins are used when you upgrade your equipment with the materials. more materials you use, the more coins it costs to put into armor/weapon. Also you use coins when you evolve your item. when you get to level 15+ you start running into a grinding scenario a bit.
  • Game is pretty entertaining. Has its bugs still, at least on my Moto X it does. But still fun to play. You can add me (Roy) if you'd like, my invite code is FACEPALM Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • I first thought it had something to do with my favorite baseball team. Posted via Android Central App
  • To this day I've yet to find an original mobile game that I've enjoyed more than emulating old classics. I've spent days playing through Tales of Eternia and Star Ocean: The Second Story on my phone... not so much for the barren button mashers I've found in the Play Store. That said, this one might be worth a look at least.
  • Give "Chaos Rings II" a try. Good story and decent RPG combat elements. -Suntan
  • Agreed. The Chaos Rings games are great.
  • Slingshot Braves is definitely worth playing, but if you only like console-style games you might not enjoy it. Not much story, and the energy mechanic. Square-Enix makes some good console-style RPGs that you'd probably like.
  • I've been playing this game for a few weeks now. I enjoy it. Here's some tips if you want to play: 1.) Combo off your other character for stronger attacks. This will get you farther. (This is sometimes overlooked but is the most important mechanic in the game)
    2.) Have at least 1 lance to keep combos up, or use skills to make sure you don't drop your combo.
    3.) Build combos using a character with a fist weapon to get to higher damage amounts more quickly if you are having a problem finishing a level.
    4.) Experience is mainly received by doing story quests not coop quests, if you find yourself running out of energy a lot try to make some progression through the story or repeat story quests to increase stamina.
    5.) Get weapons to a decent level then focus on defense. I've found my priority is: Weapon to an ok level (15-20) Helm to an ok level (10-15) then focus on chest armor. The higher the chest armor the less damage you will take and eventually things will and health pool doesn't mean that much. When using combos correctly you won't have to worry about having a high weapon level eventually your weapons will do a lot of damage regardless.
    6.) Coin quests on weekends, take part in playing these to advance your character quickly. If it's a coop coin quest play the 3 star one and try to team up with a high level person, if you keep the combo going they will carry you even if you are a low level and wouldn't normally be able to complete the quest.
    7.) When upgrading equipment if you have your phone rotation locked (Part of the settings) if you want to get Awesome! rating for upgrade shake the hand holding the phone as you move your finger, this will give extra momentum to get an awesome rating. If you want to follow a higher level person my invite code is /JLVCLXBA
  • shaking that dumb thing on upgrade actually gives you a better rating?
  • now that I think of it, you probably cant, because before you see that dumb shake screen, you already know how many exp you are upgrading that item for.
  • invite code: kegman To embelish on Daem's post which was great, I'm level 18 and just realized this: When single player or co-op, you can continue your combo bonus round after round as long as you combo off your teammate each round. If you fail to touch him/her, the combo count and damage bonus gets reset. This is why he said to get a lance cause sometimes the only way to touch your character is by going through everyone. Also, you can't upgrade a Level C weapon to highest level (S), so only go nuts with leveling a B or better item. C < B < A < S are the levels. those crappy cheese looking mats you get with daily bonus......are garbage for upgrading but worth 1000 each if you sell. A level mats are worth 10,000 coins.
  • Thanks for the gameplay tips, fellas!
  • hmm actually the B level mats that worth 10,000 coins
  • Now this is a true multiplayer, action adventure style game that im truly addicted to. Catchy music, nice graphics and smooth gameplay. Use invite code "bigblack" to get gems for the both of us! sne dme a pm anytime and i'll help you in coop mode, and get your your s rank item in no time. :)
  • 25176AB Free gems for anyone who uses this code