Squares and Blades

Developed by ThunderBird Animations

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Added on April 27th, 2009.

Our Review

Squares and Blades is an unusual & excellent turn-based tactical game where you take charge of one of four heroes and fight a series of battles on an abstract chessboard-like grid. The first few missions introduce the battle system (simple but satisfyingly deep) which depends on positioning, attacks, counter-attacks and being able to concentrate your fire well. From then on there's a story to go through that makes the battles increasingly difficult. You can freely retry any battles if your units die off as managing to win without losing them means they are available in future battles!

Our Rating: 4 / 5


Fantasy RPG with a chess-like battle system!
Choose one of four heroes to fight his/her way through the mountains. Kill the Dark Lady before it’s too late!


Mouse. Read the in-game help to enjoy the game in its full depth.

Thanks for playing! Now check out Guild of Dungeoneering, a game I'm making where you build the dungeon instead of controlling the hero! \o/

~ One comment so far ~

  1. Did the Author play this game?

    August 28, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    I get the feeling that the author of this game didn't bother playing it before he/she released it. There's a good game here, but it's very awkward to play and has game mechanics that don't make sense/aren't clear.

    Why do units lose movement points if I select a different unit? Why can't I quit out of a battle without quitting out of the whole career mode? It wasn't clear that there was time limit to the game before you automatically lose. Does it count towards that limit when you re-do a battle? Who knows! The game doesn't tell you.

    There's also a bug where a unit, instead of attacking, will move onto the square of the opponent. This somehow breaks the game and makes the round unfinishable (win or lose). That means that if that happens to you on your campaign, you're SOL. Start from the beginning.

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