If you are a fan of games involving robots battling out with one another similar to Super Robot Wars and or Mobile Suit Gundam games then LBX is for you. Little Battler eXperience or more commonly known as LBX, is a role-playing game developed by level 5. The game is basically about miniature plamos or plastic models robots called LBX fighting it out within dioramas made out of cardboards. In the story’s setting, reinforced cardboards have been developed to serve as a fighting arena between the small plastic robots.
Set in the year 2050, the story revolves around a young boy named Ban Yamano receiving an LBX plastic model from a mysterious woman. The truth though is that the LBX model that the main protagonist received hides a secret and because of this, he and his friends eventually found themselves mixed up in a conspiracy. Unlike other conventional role-playing game, the player can move his or her character real time through the use of the analog stick. Furthermore, the character’s movement and actions are limited to the tension meter as seen on the lower left hand side corner of the screen. This meter gradually drops as the character moves. At the same time, this can be replenished by just standing still and doing nothing.
Another feature of the game is that the player can equip his character with two weapons before entering battle. Each weapon also has its own special attack called “Killer Function” and the more experience the character has on a weapon, the more Killer Functions he can perform. Killer functions are limited to a number of slots but as the character progress in level, the slots increases which allows the player to add more special attack. Each weapon also has its own unique attribute such as Fire, Water, Lightning, Light and some weapons having no given attribute at all. This weapon’s attributes add more damage depending on how well the robot was customized. To put it simply, if the LBX individual components have a synergy with lightning based weapons, then the weapon will deal more damage compared to an LBX using the same weapon but is not tuned up.
The trick is figuring out what weapon is effective in a certain battle and what parts should be installed in the robot to maximize the weapon’s performance. LBX is an exciting game and if you are looking for a role-playing game involving mechs and real-time gameplay action then this is the game for you.