Valiant Hearts: The Great War



An Introduction to Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a puzzle adventure game in an interactive graphic novel format. Set on the French German border of the first World War, Valiant Hearts blends factual historical events, locations and items with a wonderfully heartfelt fictitious story.

Starting out the game opens on a rural French farm at the outbreak of war were German citizen Karl is forcibly removed from his French wife and newborn son and conscripted into the German army. Conversely, Karl’s father in law Emile is forced into the French forces.  This premise of neither character wanting to war, but forced into it carries throughout the game as it subtly highlights the futility of war and the how the casualties are not only on the frontline but also deeply destructive on the home-front.

Players then play as both characters as well as an American volunteer named Freddie, who enlists to avenge the brutal loss of his family and lastly as a Belgian nurse called Anna. – – – And of course Walt, the loyal unsung hero of the story who is actually courageous and helpful Doberman Pinscher.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War : Gameplay

The subtly and attention to detail shown is actually very impressive as each of the four characters behave and move differently. The elder Emile scrambles and struggles more so than Karl for example.  Set on an intricately drawn side scrolling platform Valiant Hearts is a game of war filled with death and despair yet gracefully very free from hardcore violence.  So instead of reigning down a barrage of bullets players are instead tasked with solving a series of puzzles.

These puzzles range from timing runs to avoid artillery bombardments to activating levers, picking up and throwing objects and often having to scroll back and forth to complete Rube Goldberg Machine style riddles. Completing these problems mean players will need to tap, swipe , press hold and aim as they launch projectiles all the while taking note of all that around as more often than not everything is there for a reason, even if not currently known what for.

Features of Valiant Hearts: The Great War

PLAY A GRAPHIC NOVEL
An emotional adventure game delivered with a unique tone and art style.

A MIX OF EXPLORATION, ACTION AND PUZZLES
Move into action and help your heroes survive the Great War by solving puzzles or sneaking through enemy lines…

FOLLOW THE STORY OF THESE VALIANT HEARTS…
Lost in a maze of trenches, play each of these characters and help a young German soldier find his love! All of them will be helped by their faithful canine companion, Walt.

RELIVE THE GREAT WAR
This fictitious story takes you back to famous WW1 locations, revisiting historical battles on the Western Front, such as the Battle of the Marne or the Battle of the Somme!

INTERACT WITH HISTORY
In partnership with Apocalypse World War 1 and the Mission Centenaire 14-18, learn more about the Great War through historical articles and share them with friends.

Included:
FREE Art Book and Interactive Comic Book inspired by the game.

Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Experiment

Due to the fact that each level has very minimal instructions given and near lack of any dialogue, it can at times be unclear on what the actual objective is and even more so how to achieve it. Therefore if wanting to breeze through the puzzles to further the story along, simply experiment with different taps and swipes to test what actions can be performed or not.  Due to the lack of any energy limiting meter and penalty for death, players can freely just jump into the level and check out what works.

Personal Impressions // Review of Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Rarely does a game manage to stir emotions as much as Valiant Hearts does. Filled with heart wrenching sullen and tear jerking moments the narrative is countered by the comical animations, very non-politically-correct stereotypes and sprinkles of humorous incidences.  Thus needless to say that the story itself which is inspired by real-life letters during World War 1, with its underlying themes of love, survival, sacrifice and friendship is extremely well crafted and intricately woven.  Not to mention that interspersed within the fictional story and action is actual non-fictional facts of the era which is great for students, history buffs and especially more so for those who have no in depth knowledge of one of the most significant time in modern human existence.

The only thing that rivals this beautiful and touching story is the exquisite and intricate artwork itself. The sound effects and BGM are also perfectly suited as is the casting of veteran gaming voice Dave Pettitt as the unseen narrator.  Another very admirable attribute is the fact that despite the necessity of needing to have a few villains to inspire the story, Valiant Hearts is indeed heroic as it rises above biases towards any of the numerous sides of the first major worldwide war.

The ease of controls makes it a great game for young and old alike just as the variety of action needed to complete goals and progress the story is impeccably designed in both its simplicity and difficulty. Whilst this may feel a little too effortless for some and that the entire premise of the puzzles is to simply guide players though the levels to complete the story … … … and that feeling is perhaps exactly correct, yet that does not detract from the fact that this is a game built on love and sympathy not on conflict and violence. So without further ado, the only thing left to say is, do yourself a favour and experience this wonderful gem for yourself! Five stars out of five!

App Specifics for Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Current Version:
1.2.61 (iOS) (Last Update Jun 2 2016) (as at the time of writing)
1.0.1 (Android) (Last Update Jun 22 2015) (as at the time of writing)

Size:
779 MB (iOS)
546.9 MB (Android)

Installs:
1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Requires iOS:
7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Requires Android:
4.0 and above.

Content Rating:
Rated for 12+

Languages:
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish.

Price:
Free!

In-App Purchases:
$0.99 ~ $9.99

Offered By:
Ubisoft Entertainment

Download Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Download Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS from the App Store Here!

Download Valiant Hearts: The Great War for Android from Google Play Here!

Summary

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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!