Factsheet

Developer:
Heart Shaped Games
Based in Chelsea, Michigan

Release date:
Fall 2017

Platforms:
Steam, Android, iOS

Website:
bravehand.com

Regular Price:

See individual store pages

Description

Brave Hand is a beautifully simple, original single-player card game of luck and skill by designer Scott Brodie. As you play, you unlock the story of the Wanderer and the Guardian, depicted across 16 gorgeous hand-painted themes. An elegant design that combines the simplicity of classic card games like War and Solitaire, and the strategy of collectible card games. **Localized versions of this press kit can found here: goo.gl/9ULRN7**

History

Brave Hand began life as a physical card game prototype in 2012. The game came together over a weekend and was an immediate hit with playtesters. The team was preoccupied with the development of other games like the PC CCG Highgrounds and Hero Generations, so the prototype was put on the shelf. After finishing the iOS and Android versions of Hero Generations in 2016, we were exploring designs that could be made in a shorter development cycle, and could take advantage of all of the learning done in making a game for mobile. Brave Hand fit perfectly with those goals, and became Heart Shaped Games next self-funded title. To help draw out the themes of the game, we created an original story that unlocks as you play. We were inspired by the interpretive, visual-heavy children’s books of Aaron Becker, and thought similar illustrations would help give the game a unique appeal and sense of mystery. We partnered with Illustrator Riley Frambes to fully realize our story, and the game features 16 of his gorgeous original paintings.

Features

  • Elegant design that combines familiar elements from classic card and dice games into one unique, innovative, addicting, and endlessly replayable mobile game.
  • Three unique game modes: the standard "Brave Mode", a "Boost Mode" with powerful expansion boost cards, and the epic 90 card "Jumbe Deck" Mode.
  • Engrossing Story: You’ve landed on a mysterious Island and unearthed a long forgotten card game. As you play, you begin to unravel clues to its origin, strategy, and hidden powers. Are you brave enough to push on and discover all of its secrets?
  • 16 beautiful themes to unlock. Each depicts another page of the game story, illustrated by artist Riley Frambes.
  • Better than Solitaire. Yeah, we said it.
  • Compete with your friends on global leaderboards, and share your final scores instantly to social media.
  • Unlock all 18 challenging achievements.

Videos

App Unwrapper Beta Preview YouTube

Brave Hand Trailer YouTube

Screenshots

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Awards & Recognition

    • "Google Play Indie Games Festival Finalist - 2017 " San Francisco, CA, 23 September, 2017
    • "Indie Prize Finalist 2018" Los Angeles, CA, 16 January, 2018

    Selected Articles

      • "Brave Hand is a striking, single-player card game by Scott Brodie which requires a little bit of luck and a little bit of skill to play."
        - Emily Sowden, Pocket Gamer
      • "Upcoming 'Brave Hand' Is a Story-Based Card Game With Lovely Art"
        - Tasos Lazarides, Touch Arcade
      • "‘Brave Hand’ is an Upcoming Card Game About Luck and Skill"
        - Lisa Z., App Unwrapper
      • "‘BRAVE HAND IS A GREAT GEM OF A CARD GAME THAT ANYONE CAN PLAY... 9/10"
        - Christine Chan, AppAdvice

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      About Heart Shaped Games

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      Heart Shaped Games is a design-centric independent game studio focused on building meaningful and memorable games. Founded by former Mircrosoft Xbox LIVE Arcade Producer Scott Brodie, we build games players love!

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      Brave Hand Credits

      Scott Brodie
      Game Designer, Programmer, Story

      Riley Frambes
      Artist

      Kate Brodie
      Studio Manager

      presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks