Valiant Hearts: The Great War


Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Started playing the Ubisoft xbox live version of Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

I’m enjoying the easy pace, simple puzzles and challenges, and brief history of The Great War.

From the wiki

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a puzzle adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. The game is inspired by letters written during the Great War and has four characters on the battlefield help a young German soldier find his love in this story about survival, sacrifice and friendship.

The fact sheets are insightful, and amaze me how far technology has developed in the past 100 years, and that we still have wars around the World today 🙁

Background music is poignant, and at times sombre, working well with Dave Pettitt‘s voiceover. The simple accented regional grunts identifies a characters nationality, often humourously; this is certainly the case for the Indian Regiment troops.

Interludes between games scenes share the fact sheets, the theme of which is then shown in the next section. What a great learning mechanism, and it helps the story seem more believable and less contrived.

Off to play, and reflect on how lucky I am not to be in a war-torn bit of the planet.

Just played through the first Taxi level 🙂
The blend of the simple game mechanics, and music, is genius!
Such a pleasure to play

Interesting facts:

  • Ball point pens were not discovered until the 1950 – 1960’s!
  • British soldiers had a ration of a pint of wine, and a third of a pint of rum, every day!

  • The use of the dog as a point of access is cute; although not really a challenge, as by simply holding RB you get to see the options available… cute nevertheless, and maybe as much of a companion,as Epona 🙂

    The tank sections are just as fun as the driving, and although repetitive, the game isn’t long enough for them to be a chore.

    Changing outfits is a nice touch, certainly how different troops react to you when you might be wearing an Officers attire.

    The puzzles get a little more challenging, but nothing too difficult, as by the endgame you’re thinking like the developer 🙂

    An Arcade must have, that gives an insightful history of the Great War, played out with a touching tale of emotional friendships
    [Rating: 4]

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