[Nintendo Switch] Fort Triumph Review
- On September 6, 2021
Fort Triumph from CookieByte Entertainment and ALL IN! GAMES on Nintendo Switch is a turn-based tactical RPG with a fantasy theme. Check our Fort Triumph review!
Fort Triumph from CookieByte Entertainment and ALL IN! GAMES on Nintendo Switch is a turn-based tactical RPG with a fantasy theme. It’s an adventure that can be as challenging as you want it to be since permadeath can very much be a thing! You’ll be leading a group of heroes that pays homage to and parodies the fantasy tropes we all know and love. You’ll get to select from four factions and four classes to find the right combination of skills and abilities to survive through procedurally generated maps.
CookieByte Entertainment took the game to Kickstarter way back in 2017, seeking $75,000 in funding to develop the game for its eventual 2018 release. Three years after that initial deadline, after securing a little over $78,000 when the Kickstarter campaign ended thanks to the backing of more than 1,400 people and with the support of publisher ALL IN! GAMES, Fort Triumph finally released in 2020 on Steam, followed by a 2021 launch on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, hence why we’re here today to discuss what Fort Triumph sets out to do on Nintendo’s console.
You can play Fort Triumph either in Campaign Mode or in Skirmish Mode. The Campaign Mode, as expected, will be the main story mode for Fort Triumph, taking you on different story arcs to, as always, save the world, all while earning some extra coin on the side. There’s the option of adjusting the difficulty as needed, and you might want to take on a bit of extra grinding before taking on the battles that are story-related. As for Skirmish Mode, it allows you to take on battles against AI opponents or fellow humans, away from the game’s story, as you focus on improving your tactics.
The game is split into exploration segments and battle sequences. Once you’re in a battle, you’ll move a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick, selecting units and confirming your movement with the A button. You can zoom in and out with the right analog stick to get a better view of things. You can use the ZL and ZR buttons to change between your units or to select which enemy you’re going to target. Your inventory can be accessed by the Y button. Once you’ve done everything you can for your turn, you can press the – button so that your opponents can take their turn.
The twist for this fantasy-themed adventure is that the environment can be used to your advantage – or to your opponents’ advantage if you’re not careful! Every boulder or tree in the area can be weaponized, so you’ll need to plan how and where you position each of your units for this particular turn-based tactical experience. Kick a spider into a rock, and you’ll deal damage while also potentially stunning your opponent. Plan it just right, and you might still have some action points left to return to a safe location to protect you from attacks. Perhaps you could set your ranged character into overwatch mode, then kick the spider with your mage, dealing damage with the kick, activating your ranged character’s overmatch, and then have the spider hit the rock, thus stunning it.
As for the four aforementioned factions? They’re the Humans, the Goblins, the Trolls, and the Undead! The Humans are the classic all-around option. Goblins are technically evil by nature since, you know, they worship the Demon King and all that. Trolls are in touch with nature, living in underground caves and having spiders as lovely pets, using their calmness to carefully plan what needs to be smashed. And then, we have the Undead. As expected, they have risen from their graves, called upon by a Necromancer who has taken them away from their cozy crypts to consume the living on their paths, which is funny considering they’re very worried about hygiene in general.
And then we have the hero classes for Fort Triumph. They’re four of the classics that all of you should be very familiar with. You have your Paladin, a class with a great sense of duty and honor, who dreams of being as heroic as possible, upholding nobility and its merits. The Ranger loves to fight from a long range to stay as far away from danger as possible. Rangers are a bit cynical, not trusting people being good, nor trusting the regimes that control them. Mages are powerful students of the ancient arts but do rely heavily on mana. In fact, the mage will have a mana addiction, which is definitely not a good thing! And then, we have the Barbarian, a mighty warrior who favors strength above everything else. If you’re not strong enough, you’re not worthy. Unfortunately, this means that other party members – and the game’s writers – don’t take the Barbarian too seriously.
There’s a town sim side as well, where you’ll be able to use the different resources that you will obtain from your adventures. You’ll be able to purchase new buildings, heroes, and upgrades, to boost your odds of survival on your path to victory. You can, for example, review your Guild and then purchase an option to increase the size of your party, going from three party members to four. The more, the merrier, right? You could also increase the number of starting action points for your units or lower the cooldown for physical abilities. Buildings will have lots of benefits for your cause as well. Build a Capital, and the coins per day production will increase. Build the Brotherhood of the Hammer, and there will be a 7% chance that non-movement actions don’t cost any action points.
If you’re looking for a new turn-based tactical RPG with colorful graphics and a lighthearted story, then Fort Triumph could be for you. It offers lots of content to take on, four factions, and four hero classes to level up as you go, making the most of their skills and abilities. The game’s story is not going to be for everyone, given that it does play to the clichés of the fantasy genre, but if you give it a try, you’ll find a competent adventure that will keep you busy for a while. Fort Triumph is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.
This Fort Triumph review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by ALL IN! GAMES.