Is A Square Enix Strategy Game Heading Stateside?

By Spencer . September 14, 2009 . 10:00am


Have you heard of Hills and Rivers Remain? It’s a mobile phone game where you order a group of units to take over towns. Items like hold, speed, defense, and shield orbs can boost your forces and protect conquered land.


Hills and Rivers Remain isn’t a full blown strategy RPG. It’s more like a mix of tower defense and the world map from Dragon Force where units automatically invade towns. Even though it’s just a cell phone game, Square Enix included a story mode where you lead Alan and his army to victory. Beyond story mode there is a free play mode and a downloadable maps.


So, why do we think Hills and Rivers Remain may come out in the West? Square Enix recently filed a trademark for Hills and Rivers Remain in North America and Europe. Seems like it’s more than a protective trademark since the game came out in Japan in May. Perhaps, they’re going to pull a Crystal Defenders and port Hills and Rivers Remain to the iPhone and every digital platform available.


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  • Ereek

    I’m interested, as long as it’s not Wii/DSiware or an iPhone-only game. But the chances of that are slim.

  • I’m more interested in who that artist is, though it’d be a nice PSN/XBL/Wii DL. =)

    • Advent_Andaryu

      Yeah the game looks less then interesting but the art is great! I thought it was Nomura for a second there but I don’t think it’s him…

    • Great question and that warrants an answer! The illustrator is Tomatika and he/she’s (?) done work on Lord of Vermillion and some other trading card games. You can see more of Tomatika’s work here:, but be aware that some of it isn’t safe for work.

      • Spencer, I did not expect an answer at all, but thanks so much for the search because I really wanted one! ^_^ I definitely recognize the Gwendolyn art on Tomatika’s site. I’ve seen it before. I also love Lord of Vermillion’s art so that makes sense. I’ve been thinking of ordering a full set of the cards, albeit expensive, from someone in Japan. Is there an artbook for Lord of Vermillion that I have overlooked? I’d prefer that since I don’t play the game (rather, I don’t have access now).

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