Seven months after its Switch release, Triangle Strategy comes to computer Developed in collaboration between Square Enix’s Team Asano (Bravely series, Octopath Traveler) and studio ARTDINK, this retro-style tactical RPG was the first of many quality SRPG releases we’ve surprisingly had this year.
Years have passed since the Saltiron War threatened to engulf the continent in blood and despair. Now, all the superpower nations are working together to establish a mine as a symbol of unity and peace. But, unfortunately, a series of events will unfold, shatter this apparent normality and reignite the flames of war.
Triangle Strategy tells the story of the young heir of House Wolffort of Glenbrook Kingdom, Serenoa. The efforts of his father were decisive to ending the war and giving rest to the population. As part of the peace negotiations, the boy becomes betrothed to Frederica, the half-sister of the archduke of Aesfrost.
Along with a cast of diverse backgrounds, Serenoa and Frederica find themselves facing terrifying battles to keep House Wolffort safe and realize their ideals. Amid chaotic events, they will often have to navigate torturous politics and make deals with people who want to use them as tools.
While narrative consequences are not a new concept, Triangle Strategy offers a unique insight into it through the electoral system. As circumstances present several options to House Wolffort, characters align themselves to a particular choice. If the player wants to guide their destiny, it will be necessary to convince people.
However, your words only carry as much sway as your dialogues and actions have shown. Through choices throughout the game, Serenoa can be more inclined towards one of three axes: Freedom, Utility, or Morality. Depending on how much you lean towards them, you may not be able to convince people of your cause. These paragraphs are invisible during the first run, but New Game Plus presents a way to check them and strategize your run.
Overall, the story is a high note from the title, which sticks its landing when showing the nuanced nature of political and military choices. Dialogue scenes are also expertly directed to highlight subtle wit movements and the tone of voice of characters.
Besides the story, the gameplay in Triangle Strategy is a fantastic example of elegant tactical RPG design. First of all, magic and abilities use a unique TP system that regenerates every turn. Like other games of Team Asano, like the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, the system is based on the concept of risk and reward. The TP collection is limited, so using a powerful ability can reduce your possible actions in the next turn.
The game also considers the environment an important strategic tool. Not only can it affect the mobility of the units and offer advantages to those in higher places, but elemental abilities can also be strengthened with careful planning. For example, when there are various enemies in a body of water, or when it’s raining, you can use electric discharges to deal extra damage. Likewise, fire that targets a flammable object will remain for a few turns, dealing damage to everyone who passes through that tile.
Over time, players can improve their units by promoting their classes, fortifying their weapons, unlocking new passive abilities, and purchasing accessories. While each individual focuses on a specific set of abilities, there are enough unit options to offer variety during gameplay. The same goes for the area design, thanks to their vertical aspects, environment interaction and tricks.
Triangle Strategy never overcomplicates tricks and even explains some conditions in an overview option. In addition, several difficulty settings (from Very Easy to Hard) and mock battles are available in the camp, and your characters can save your experience even if you lose. These design choices make the game more accommodating for newcomers looking to get into the SRPG genre, but don’t reduce its value to those more experienced.
This PC release includes the basic graphics setup we expect from these ports. It is possible to adjust the window size and return resolution. There are also options for anti-aliasing, shadow quality, and post-processing effects. Players can use controllers, keyboard or mouse. The port is nothing to write home about, but the game runs well.
With a simple but effective computer port, Triangle Strategy proves to be a great choice for strategy RPG fans who may have missed its Switch release. With an engaging story and solid gameplay elements, the title remains one of the most notable releases for the genre this year.