In Battle Princess of Arcadias
, players take control of Plume as she seeks to rid her kingdom of monsters. To assist in this goal, players gain party members during the story that they may use during battle. As players gain party members, new brigade member types are added to match the combat style favored by the specific party member. This is important so that players have a wide variety of brigade types in order to counter enemy brigades.
Battle Princess of Arcadias does not sport the full-on open world approach. Instead, players go to the map screen and choose different areas to do the missions there. Missions are pretty straightforward, only featuring one of three different types of battles present in the game. Players complete the mission and receive a score, along with rewards at the end. After battle, or whenever really, players are able to return to the central hub of Capital Town. Here players can purchase new weapons, upgrade weapons and brigade members, and talk with various NPCs.
As stated before, Battle Princess of Arcadias features three main types of battles which are denoted on the field by a differently colored flag. These are Combat, represented by a purple flag, Skirmish, represented by a tan flag, and Siege, represented by a blue flag. The Combat battles are incredibly straightforward: simply clear out the enemy monsters as your choice of three characters. The Skirmish and Siege add in a new element of gameplay in the form of your brigade. In Skirmish battles, players fight against enemies in the foreground while their brigade fights the enemy brigade in the background. Players are able to change their brigadeís battle formation and also build morale for their troops by slaying enemy leaders in the foreground. Sieges also feature brigades, but the player and their brigade work together to take down an imposing monster.
In regular battle, the playerís character information is displayed in the top left corner while their Battle Menu information is displayed to the top right. The character information includes the HP bar, the SP bar, and the EXP bar. The HP bar goes down as players take damage, and once a characterís HP bar is depleted, they can no longer continue in the fight. SP is gained as players attack enemies and is used to perform special character techniques during battle. Players are able to swap between item lists and command lists during Siege and Skirmish battles, but can only swap between items during a regular Combat battle.
Combat in Battle Princess of Arcadias is pretty simple. Players move forward or backwards with the Left Control Stick or Left/Right on the Directional Pad and attack with weak or strong attacks. Weak attacks are mapped to (Square) while strong attacks are mapped to (Triangle). A list of combos is provided for each character so players arenít just randomly button-spamming hoping for the best. Players may jump by pressing (X) and may attack whilst in the air. Items or commands are mapped to (Circle) and players may guard against attacks using (L1). Additionally, players may vault forward or backward by holding (L1) and pressing right or left. This allows players to quickly move forward or backward, dodging enemy attacks in the process. Players may swap characters by pressing (L2) or (R2), and when a new character comes in, nearby enemies are hit. Players may cycle through the items or commands by pressing (R1) and then (Circle) or (Square) and the Menus are swapped by pressing (R1), then (Triangle). Use your commands wisely to get a good battle report, or just spam and hope for the best.