It is not often I write something about games, let alone a mobile game (app). I believe that gaming is something really personal, even more so compared to movies. With movies there is always a general consensus of what works and what does not. With games you are interfering with fanboys…
So without further ado and without being all fanboy-ish I want to introduce you guys and girls to a game called HERO ACADEMY created by Robot Entertainment, the brilliant minds behind Age of Empires and HALO Wars. Yes HERO ACADEMY is an iOS game, so I must be an Apple fanboy, but truth to be told the only iDevice I own is an iPhone. But let us stick to the game in question…
HERO ACADEMY is a turn by turn strategy game, in which you select your team and battle it out on a map with a 5 by 9 grid. Depending on the team you select you will have certain strengths and weaknesses, so be wary when facing an opponent from a different race. Each member of your team can be upgraded with items, moved around and can of course attack the enemy team. You can also cast some spells around the battlefield, but during a game you will only get a few chances to do so, so plan accordingly!
The goal is to either defeat all the heroes of the opposing team or destroy their crystals. When you submit your turn, you can just put down your phone and go on with your (social? / online?) life. The moment your opponent submits his/her move, you will get a message one your phone, telling you it is your turn. This principle isn’t new, we have seen it with other games like the popular WORDFEUD, but WORDFEUD always has been a game not meant for me. Not to mention, nowadays even my little nephews and nieces use cheating programs to beat others. (I mean c’mon, have you ever seen your 11 year old nephew put down words like “quizzify” or “whizbang”?)
So why write about a game, which is based on a relatively simple principle? Well the game brings back nostalgia. Back in college we all used to play HEROES OF MIGHT & MAGIC, also a turn based strategy game. You entered your move, hit alt+tab and continued with your college work or lecture. The moment your classmate was done with his move, you just jumped back into the game and followed with your moves. If I compare HOMM with HERO ACADEMY, I’m seeing similarities especially looking at how combat works. For me this is the main reason to play this game. Combine it with the fact it is Free 2 Play, you really cannot go wrong here. I however payed €0,79 to unlock the Elven race and remove the ads, but this is optional and when I look back at the many many and I mean many hours I have put in this game already, €0,79 equals to pretty much nothing.
The developers are trying to steal your money with avatars, color schemes or the ability to taunt. These are all aesthetic and not required to enjoy the game. So as is with any other F2P game, play the game, only spend money on the things really worth it and ignore all the rest. And if you really do not want to spend money, the game by itself is great fun already.
The developers are planning to release the game for the iPad and eventually for Android and Windows Mobile devices. I can’t wait for the latter to happen so I can expand my domination towards some of my other friends. So got an iOS device? Install now and feel free to hit me up. My nickname is (you could have guessed) NrFive.