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Hironobu Sakaguchi is one of the most renowned game developers in the world, having created Final Fantasy, Front Mission, Blue Dragon, and Lost Odyssey. After leaving Square Enix a decade ago to found Mistwalker, he is still finding ways to innovate.His newest title, Terra Battle, is an experienced designed from the ground up for iOS and Android phones and tablets. The title is a tactical game, a genre Sakaguchi has successfully worked in before with Final Fantasy Tactics. This time though, players will need to move quickly and position their team of warriors to combat countless monsters.Terra Battle uses a flanking system, such that characters cannot fight alone. In order to deal damage to a foe, you'll need to position yourself using only a single four-second move. Each of your heroes can nudge the others into position one square at a time. Putting characters in line with one of the flankers adds their attack to the mix, making it possible to wipe out a screen full of enemies in a blitz of abilities. When I watched Sakaguchi do it, it looked like a choreographed dance as his finger swirled around the screen.Most enemy attacks will move your heroes around, so you'll find yourself repositioning at each turn. You'll also need to be mindful of a rock-paper-scissors approach to weapon types and spell elements. A pre-match screen shows what you'll be up against, so you can tune up your party for the best chance.
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