Heroes Call answers for adventure

Jun 15, 2012
Games

Heroes Call is a dungeon-crawling action RPG in the style of the old Baldur’s Gate games. It is spread out over 40 unique quests and is a fairly fun game. A few irritating and increasingly-common aspects can frustrate, but they don’t quite qualify as deal breakers that would make me steer gamers away. As far […]

Heroes Call is a dungeon-crawling action RPG in the style of the old Baldur’s Gate games. It is spread out over 40 unique quests and is a fairly fun game. A few irritating and increasingly-common aspects can frustrate, but they don’t quite qualify as deal breakers that would make me steer gamers away.

As far as the more enjoyable aspects of Heroes Call are concerned, I appreciate how well paced the game is. While the inventory and leveling systems are robust enough to feel worthwhile, Heroes Call isn’t the sort of game where you’ll spend as much time in the menus as you will in the dungeons, thankfully.

The action sequences are also varied nicely from one-on-one battles with stronger foes to frantic battles where the player has to fend off against multiple enemies at once. Also enjoyable are the advanced controls that give the gamer a bit more control during the battle if they want to do more than simply engage an enemy. The additional controls allow for hits causing greater damage, and they provide the player with greater urgency in the game as a whole.

Still, there is some unpleasantness worth discussing. Players who want to rush through each dungeon will become irritated with the game blocking progress with five minute waiting periods between dungeons. There is also the issue of Heroes Call arriving slightly incomplete. The game promises two additional characters that aren’t available currently, and of the two characters players can choose from, only one is available for free from the outset of the game. The other comes at a steep price of rare in-game gems or real dollars.

None of that is particular novel anymore in the world of app gaming, but more irritating to me is the lack of an in-level save feature. While the game autosaves after each completed dungeon, you can’t save in the middle of a quest, so if you have to stop playing near the quest’s endpoint, you’ll have to start all over from the beginning the next time you open the app.

So Heroes Call isn’t perfect, which isn’t exactly the worst thing you can say about a game. It is frustrating, but it is fun, too. And if you’re dying for a game set in the Middle Ages now that Game of Thrones’ second season has come to an end, Heroes Call is worth checking out.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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