It was a time of peace. The tribe was ruled by a fair and just leader named Bold, a ruler known across the plains for his fairness and generosity. However, trouble was brewing in the Mountains of Moira: Rangor the Terrible had raised a dread army of conquest, and sprung an attack in which no prisoner was taken. With his village decimated and his son kidnapped, Bold once again took up the garments of a warrior to lay siege to the hordes pillaging the land. Oh... and by the way, Bold is a Beaver. That would presumably explain why the name of Rob Almighty's and John Donkin's new RPG-brawler is Battle Beavers. 'Twould only make sense.
The [arrow] keys move your beaver, with [A] performing a quick light attack, [S] a slow powerful attack, and [D] blocking an attack from an enemies. Hitting attacks in certain orders make for more powerful combos. Different magic spells are unlocked throughout the game, and, should you have enough magic points on hand, are fired with the [1-6] number keys. Defeating enemies grants you XP, and with each level you gain, you'll have stat points to distribute for greater attack, defense, vitality/health, agility, critical hit luck, and magic. Also, defeated enemies drop shells which can be traded at Otto's Shop for weapons and equipment that grants various stat bonuses. You'll need all the stats you can get to face off against the Ferrety-Vikings, Beaver-Pirates, Foxy-Centurions, Badger-Mercenaries, Squirrelly-Spartans, and Martin-the-Warrior-knows what else.
For a game about woodland critters, Battle Beavers has quite the hardcore edge to it. There's an impressive amount of customization to be found here, and while the enemies are nicely varied, they can be quite unforgiving. It's definitely a mark against that some areas require much grinding to pass, and that some of the enemies suffer questionable hit detection along the y-axis, but the art and story are uniquely engaging. If you're in the mood for classic River City Ransom brawling excitement, with a dash of fantasy, you'll be happy to leave it to Battle Beavers.