Heroes Call leads iPhone Games of the Week

May 31, 2012
Games

With Diablo III tearing up the charts in the video game world, players can get a mobile version of the experience in the similar and beautiful Heroes Call. With 30 dungeons to work through and the same simple but deep tap-based fighting gameplay, you’ll be hacking through monsters for who knows how long. Check out […]

With Diablo III tearing up the charts in the video game world, players can get a mobile version of the experience in the similar and beautiful Heroes Call. With 30 dungeons to work through and the same simple but deep tap-based fighting gameplay, you’ll be hacking through monsters for who knows how long. Check out Heroes Call and four other quality game titles on our list below.

Heroes Call (iPhone, iPad) Free

Taking a page from the super-popular PC dungeon crawler Diablo III, Heroes Call is an isometric title that’s all about hacking your way through monsters and gathering loot off their bodies. Fans of Diablo will enjoy the easy-to-learn touch-based gameplay, and role-playing game fans are likely to find themselves drawn into the story and the various systems of finding and procuring loot and upgrading characters. Heroes Call also packs some really stellar graphics for a mobile title. It’s free-to-play and that means microtransactions, but Heroes Call still offers lots of gameplay for free and might even inspire you to pony up some cash.

Empire of the Eclipse (iPhone, iPad) Free

Even Empire of the Eclipse’s tutorials are extremely deep. As the developers note, this is a game in which each online multiplayer match can last days or even weeks, rather than minutes or hours. It’s the kind of title in which players will get invested, but it also backs up the need for lots of time by providing plenty of deep strategy systems and online multiplayer support. You’ll cover huge swathes of the galaxy, building spaceships and conquering other planets, deploying diplomacy to get what you want. If you’re a fan of big, involved strategy experiences, Empire of the Eclipse will provide an experience hard to come by in the mobile space.

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Slingshot Racing (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Racing games often fall into familiar patterns. Slingshot Racing is interesting because it’s different. You don’t need to press on the screen endlessly to hit the gas and you don’t need to steer carefully around corners. Instead, tapping the screen fires a grappling hook to posts positioned at each tracks’ corners, allowing you to rip around the bends with the help of slingshot action. Expert timing is key to doing well in each race, not your subtle thumb movements. Because of its unique controls and the emphasis on different kinds of skills, Slingshot Racing becomes a game that’s hard to put down. Add in a ton of multiplayer support and it quickly becomes a favorite among iOS racing titles.

Razor: Salvation (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Probably the most notable thing about Razor: Salvation is that it gets out of hand in a hurry. Enemies have a tendency to be kind of smart in the game, hiding from you and your 360-degree-spinning turret, and making it tough to pin them down and finish them off as you attempt to rescue human survivors. It’s part of what makes the experience of fighting off the alien invasion in Razor a tense experience. Coupled with some impressive iPad graphics, Razor becomes a quality shooter for just a buck. It’s not redefining the genre or necessarily setting mobile standards, but Razor is more than competent and adds a little something to the discussion with its enemy AI, as well.

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Bee Leader (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Side-scroller Bee Leader is great to look at thanks to its cartoonish art style, and while its controls are a little on the loose side, they also make it a light but challenging experience. Your goal as the titular Bee Leader is to collect nectar and return it to your hive to make honey before the sun sets. Along the way, you can pick up bee helpers that make collecting nectar go faster, but you have to avoid things like angry birds, snakes and storm clouds. Moving quickly but carefully is required, and the game will test your skills. Luckily, Bee Leader has three control schemes, so it’s possible to find the one that you like best before setting out.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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