iPad Game Review: Heroes Blade
Reviewed by Steven Scarpitti
I grew up playing Magic the Gathering and have been looking for a good collectable card game or CCG on the iPad for a while. I have even tried a few iPhone CCG but was not really impressed by them, so I was very happy when I finally played this enjoyable take on the CCG formula.
Heroes Blade starts with a beautiful main screen of a scantily armor clad heroine. From here you can select one of three different user profiles to use by tapping on one of three colored orbs at the bottom of the screen, you can then tap begin to play the one player main mode. On the main screen there is also the option to view a help file that will walk you through the different aspects of the way the card game is played, you can also watch a video but you have to be connected to the internet to watch it. On the main menu you can also view the credits for the game makers or you can start a duel versus another player with pass and play which is nice if you have multiple user on one iPad because you can play with your custom decks or random decks.
The main mode of this game is broken down into seven levels with three enemies and a boss on each level, you have to defeat at least two enemies to be able to fight the boss. If you are able to beat the boss you move onto the next level but if you don't defeat the boss then you have to start that level again but you keep all your money and all your cards. You get money for defeating each enemy and more money from beating a boss and this is how you buy new cards or upgrade the cards you have. Upgrading a card can improve any number of different aspects of the card from the attack power, defensive power, or even adding a special ability but it can also increase its casting cost. You manage your deck from the store option inside the main game, this is also where you buy new cards or upgrade cards and abilities.
There are also six special abilities you can purchase and upgrade that will help even the playing field as you start to play higher level enemies. This is nice because it adds another layer of strategy and depth and Heroes Blade has a nice amount of choices for cards as there are 120 different cards divided between three mana colors with some that can be upgraded up to three times. So the game really has a lot to offer and will keep you playing for quite a long time especially if you take your time in the story mode losing to the boss so you can replay the other enemies and rack up some cash. The fact that the main mode is so straightforward and exactly what most CCG fans are looking for especially if you are familiar with Magic the Gathering, Heroes Blade belongs in all CCG fans? collections.
The graphics are a very nice looking fantasy theme that carries over well in the rest of the game. The only thing that could be improved is if the field you played on looked more like a battlefield or a castle and less like a blank grassy knoll or a golf course. The touch controls are responsive and intuitive, they really make playing the game very enjoyable, it does take paying close attention placing units on the playfield to understand exactly which row you are placing a unit in. A couple games under your belt and you'll have no problems with anything.
The background music is nice and fits the game well, the music sounds mystic and helps set the mood. There are not a lot of sound effects but that does not really detract from the experience since they are not natural to a card game. You are also able to play your own custom music while playing this game and that is always a nice feature to have.
Overall Heroes Blade is a very fun game that simulates the experience of a good collectable card game without needing another person to play against and it is one of the best if not the best CCG currently available on the app store. This game should appeal to anyone you enjoys playing collectable card games and is easy enough to learn and understand that it should also appeal to a lot of other gamers as well. Honestly the only thing I would change about the game is MORE CARDS!!
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -5- Nice bright graphics that do a good job of helping you experience the game.
Sound: -5- Sounds suit the game well and it also allows you to listen to your own music too.
Controls: -5- Controls are intuitive and easy to learn.
Gameplay: -5- Classic gameplay mechanics that are done right and are a joy to play, I only wish for more cards to keep the experience going even longer.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- As I talked about in my review, the main game is much easier and enjoyable if you take the time to intentionally lose to a couple bosses starting at level two, this way you can replay the other enemies and make more money to upgrade your abilities and purchase any cards you want to use.
Developer: SP & SP
Release Date: Jan 17, 2011
Buy App: Heroes Blade
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