New release: Partia: The Broken Lineage

Greetings, indie RPG fans! Over the weekend, I learned about a strategy RPG that just recently released for iPhone and iPad by the name of Partia: The Broken Lineage.

The developers don’t quite provide a premise, though they do have a somewhat lengthy history of the game world that hints at a plot:

However to the day of his death, the seething flame of discordance never went out. Neither Gran lords nor Anas lords could tolerate each other. The crown had to make difficult arbitrations all the time. Valdemar II was not a bad king, but not as great as his grand father. A kind man he was, but the kindness gave his enemies time and opportunities. He had two sons. Elder who was being groomed as the heir, was quiet and patient. Younger who has been headstrong from the infancy was passionate and wild. People looked up the elder as the heir to the throne, but gave love to the younger, who even enjoyed mixing with common folks. In streets, he was called the golden prince, for he was often seen with his blond hair running against the wind.

Developers Team Imago describe Partia as a short love letter to the strategy RPG genre, offering “nearly two dozen units for you to select, maneuver and level in a campaign spanning 8-12 missions.” Based on the trailer, I’d go so far as to say that it’s specifically a love letter to Fire Emblem:

Currently, Partia is exclusive to iOS. Programmer and project lead Dustin Kang tells me that a port to other mobile platforms is possible, however:

I have no intention to keep Partia an iOS exclusive, but I am not working on a port right now. One reason I hesitate to start Android port is one, I am not sure if I could handle the variety of phones out there, and second, I noticed pay for app model of business doesn’t work so well in Android. On the other hand, I recently bought into the Microsoft developer program, but I haven’t got the Windows 8 yet.

Partia is currently available for iPhone and iPad; grab it on the Apple app store for $3.99.

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