Hands-on with ‘Highborn’ from Jet Set Games

Turn-based strategy games aren’t plentiful in the App Store, but they sure are well-made.  Games such as Mecho Wars and Rogue Planet have set the bar extremely high for all entering App Store games, and not many have been able to pass the high expectations that were set.

But hold your horses there, we’re not saying Highborn is bad.  No, far from that my friends.  Highborn, developed by the same creators of the Command and Conquer series, is polished up extremely well along with some great artwork and graphics.  The dialogue is also quite hilarious at times and I’ve been impressed thus far.

Sure, there could be improvements in the character movement and the attacking mechanism.  A fast forward would also be nice to implement for impatient people like myself to skip through battle sequences.  But other than those minor problems, Highborn is shaping up to be one heck of a game.

The preview build I received only contained three levels of the game (presumably Chapter One), so content itself is still in question.  I would expect anywhere from 10-20 hours of minimum gameplay time, as most of the high-end turn-based strategy games seem to contain that amount of gameplay.

Also included seems to be an online multiplayer mode, which can be accessed only by connecting to Facebook.  Again, I don’t know if this will be implemented into the final build, but if it is, it’s something most of you should look out for.

The preview build I received seems to be quite stripped down from what would be the final version.  I only got glimpses of the gameplay, and so far, it seems to be very well done.  The story had me hooked in and playing for 10, maybe 30, minutes, and the difficulty was neither challenging or easy.

I can’t comment much else other than the fact that it has a lot of potential to fight it out amongst the cream of the crop.  If everything like multiplayer and content is sorted out perfectly, I think Highborn may be on it’s way to App Store glory.  For now, I can just say that this is a promising game.

Look for it in the App Store soon.  For more screenshots and info, be sure to check out their website.

About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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