First like to say that I am a girl gamer (mainly cause I sometimes look to see what a girl's point of view of a game is compared to a guy's lol)
Anyways I thought this game was very well balanced overall.
The battles are easy to figure out and I usually am able to end them within 10 moves or less. Leveling up is also easy to manage as well without making the game feeling too easy or it's cheating.
I absolutely love the cutscenes and really wish that there were more but because it's a handheld gaming system it's understandable.
As for the storyline: I'm a big fan of stories more than gameplay structure so this story disappointing a little bit because I felt it dragged on for the first 10 chapters and was kind of cheesy. Plus it's kind of weird to flip a letter around in a curse word so it took me a moment to figure out what the heck a "dastard" was. I like the story a lot more towards the middle however which is why I gave it a 9 instead of 10.
Overall, it's a very good game and if you like tactic games I'm sure you'll like this one as well.