Review: Hero Academy (PC)

Review: Hero Academy (PC)
4.5/5 Review Score:

Hero Academy is one of those games that even if you try not to like, will always have you going back for more. Originally released on iOs by Robot Entertainment, Hero Academy has now been released on Steam.

For me Hero Academy was one of those game’s your gonna love, or hate but play it either way. For those who were drawn into the recent crazes of “Draw Something” or “Song Pop”, you’ll be all to familiar with having your go, and then waiting on the next person to take theirs.

The whole aim of Hero Academy is to either kill the entire opposing team, or destroy their crystal(s). Hero Academy is very much like Chess in the sense that each piece can move a certain number of blocks. Unlike Chess however, Hero Academy doesn’t restrict on which direction(s) units can move, only the number of squares. Different units also have different “attacks” and power-ups can also play a huge advantage in order to win the game.

There are two factions (Team Fortress 2 and “The Council”) to choose from, however if you wish to drop another couple of quid, you’ll be able to get the other three (Dark Elves, The Tribe and the Dwarves), and the different colour schemes. Different factions carry different attack and defence moves, all of which you can learn about in the challenge mode.

For those who are new to the game, there are tutorials and challenges, both of which will give you an insight into how “sly” and tactical you may have to be in order to beat an opponent. If you’re unsure as to whether or not you should purchase the other factions, you have access to these in the challenges mode so you can always test how things work before dropping your hard earned cash.

The animations for attacks is simple, yet effective. Some games seem to focus on fancy animations to make it enjoyable, yet end up going over the top often making the game drag on more than it needs to. With Hero Academy however, this isn’t the case, and the short movements/attacks are to the point so no body is under any illusion as to what’s happened.

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If you’re unsure as to which move to take, you can take all your moves and reset them again… as many times as you like, without being penalized. This is especially great if you’ve got different units on the field and you’re not quite sure how to use them all to their full potential.

The match making is easy enough and generally a game is found within a few seconds. If you’re willing to wait though, you can challenge a friend on Steam or let your twitter followers know you’re wanting a battle (mine FYI is Butty578 feel free to send a challenge my way).

Regardless if Chess is your sort of game or not, Robot Entertainment has managed to hit the nail on the head with this, and once you’ve made the first couple of moves you’ll be hooked. If I could change anything about the game it would be to allow games against the computer, so you could get more used to the different assault styles and tactics before trying to take on other players. Also it would be better if it matched you with people with the similar number of games played or wins, this would then mean you would stand a fair chance of winning rather than just being pummeled from the offset.

With all that in mind, and with great graphics, replay-ability and such a cheap price, Hero Academy gets a strong 4.5 out of 5. It’s definitely one for the collection and something you can play with your mates who are a little short for time.

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