Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continentby Mikhail Dec 20, 2022 | 1 Votes | 50 Played | 0 Reviews
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Have you ever thought of heading to a school for adventurers, studying, and eventually exploring a foreign land? Well, we’re sure anyone who loves fantasy isekai anime would love to give this a go, but why turn this rather dangerous fantasy into a reality when Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent exists?
Now available on the Nintendo Switch, should you give this JRPG/strategy hybrid game with exquisite anime art and plot a spot in your gaming library? Before you start adventuring around the world of Pedra, do note this is not your typical in-depth JRPG. However, it’s best considered a gateway for more complex experiences.
Set in the continent of Pedra, Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent puts you in the shoes of Alex, a student of the Obsidian Academy. The entire continent (which also has four nations) is slowly turning into a labyrinthine dungeon, with monsters becoming more aggressive, which brings us to the start of the story. Obsidian Academy is under attack, and the students have banded together to try and quell the horde.
With the school under siege, Alex, our rather timid protagonist, and the headmaster’s son, attempts to help his fellow students. However, he won’t be doing most of the heavy lifting. Instead, he will be summoning and organizing units, thanks to the artifact his father, the headmaster, gave him. It’s called the Ruler Orb. Without diving deep into spoiler territory, you’ll meet a few other characters that fit into typical anime tropes and personalities. The story is told through visual novel-style sequences where characters converse. Though you’ll find it hard to get attached to many of the characters, I haven’t seen anyone I particularly disliked, so we’re sure you won’t get to roll your eyes while diving into it.
One of the best things about Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is it provides a relatively new experience without the annoying process of trying to learn something new. Sure, it is a strategy game at its core, but it is a tad more streamlined and straightforward, enabling you to get into the groove relatively quickly. You’re not immediately bombarded with numerous gameplay elements you need to learn and, instead, given a hands-on experience with what it offers.
You’ll play as Alex, who is essentially the centerpiece of the entire game. However, he’s not exactly someone you would want in your frontline; he can’t fight, yet he’s the most important character in the party. Armed with the Ruler Orb, he can summon and direct other students in battle, enabling you to engage against hordes of slimes, dragons, and monsters.
Combat is relatively simplistic and, in most cases, automatic. Your primary role is to move Alex around a tiled battlefield; by doing so, your party will follow him around and do what they are supposed to, like attacking monsters they encounter or activating a particular object. Occasionally, you can also move the other characters, especially if you want to reposition melee units in front and ranged characters behind the frontlines. Depending on their class, characters have spells and various abilities that can heal, deal massive amounts of damage, or do crowd control using AoE spells.
Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent isn’t exactly a tactics-style game. Instead, it’s more of a casual tactical experience. Tiny sprite models represent characters and enemies which look like tiny pop-ups in a kids’ storybook. Positioning is absolutely crucial; you need to place the right troops in the right spots, especially if you’re up against a massive horde of enemies.
One of the main appeals of Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is its class and character system. However, classes are locked to a character’s race. For example, only elves can be archers, while humans are adept close-range combatants thanks to their swords, and finally, dwarves are great shock and vanguard units. You can strengthen and level them up through battles and various school courses (this is a school-based game, after all) and assign them homework. Plus, you’ll also get to do the typical RPG trope of buying new items, and every character has their own set of attitudes and unique qualities, which will determine how they perform in the long run. Things can get a little grindy, but if you’re used to gameplay elements like these, you’ll be in for a treat.
In terms of presentation, Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent holds up reasonably well - the character art and designs (both in the dialogue and in battles) look fantastic. Meanwhile, don’t be put off by the battlefield art and character sprite-centric combat: the special effects look nothing short of colorful, and the art pops. The game is also voiced, adding new personality aspects to many of the characters. In addition, the game plays pretty well on the Switch with no noticeable performance drops.
Overall, Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is a decent strategy RPG. It’s not the most revolutionary title out there, but it is capable of providing a worthwhile pocket-sized adventure. Give it a shot today, and start exploring the world of Pedra!