He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe™ Review
- Considers the device it's on when it comes to the controls; a unique spin on the traditional platforming system.
- Plenty of unlockables to hunt down and collect.
- Combat feels jilted; frustrating amounts of pauses and delays - the inability to move He-Man with any level of agility also becomes tiresome.
- Upgrades never really feel like they add to He-Man's arsenal; new moves, but nothing that changes the basic flow of combat.
He-Man falls short not only of other brawlers, but of the series itself as it chooses to stick to a limited system of combat that's propped up by decent level design.
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There's one thing Skeletor always had right about He-Man - he's a bit of a dunce. Not your typical muscle-headed stubbornness mind you, but rather a blind 'do right at all costs' sort of fellow who'll act before thinking. So it's entirely appropriate that Mattel's reboot of the series as a side-scrolling action brawler should feel just as dense, but not in the mindless 'fun' way.
You, as Adam in his guise of He-Man, are tasked with stopping Skeletor from pulling off his latest scheme. Thus begins your multi-stage and area quest of indiscriminately cutting down or punching man-machines; local wildlife; and historical architecture in an attempt to catch up to him. I include those last two points as it seems weird that the protector of the realm would be so careless, but I digress.
To run, jump and slash your way through foes you'll make use of the uniquely touch-screen-centric controls of swiping. One half of the screen is dedicated to your lateral movement, while the other is tapped and swiped to jump or activate special attacks. While the effort to try something new is appreciated, the lack of alternatives leaves you stuck with the inherent delay that comes from swiping, making agile movement somewhat troublesome.
This is further exacerbated by He-Man having a bad case of forgetting what he's doing at times, pausing and refusing to accept input between special attacks and slashing combos. Other niggles such as not being able to turn around in the air turn what should be a fluid combat system in to one that all-too-often results in your multiplier being canceled due to taking an unavoidable hit.
Of course He-Man isn't without help - credits earned on each stage can be spent to add to his arsenal of special moves or on temporary power-ups such as calling on the power of Castle Grayskull to get out of a tight spot. These are incredibly helpful if you seek to three-star each stage or collect every bonus token for unlockable artwork, but they add no real depth to the combat; they simply make you more of a demigod.
It's all of these little things that conspire to make He-Man feel unpolished. No reason is ever needed to run around punching 'bad guys' all day, but when the combat itself lacks that spark of fun it's a much harder thing to justify participating in.
DescriptionPlay as He-Man, the man so manly they had to name him twice! Defend the secrets of Castle Grayskull against the evil forces of Skeletor!
“He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is a heaping helping of mindless fun.” – Kotaku, Gaming App of the Day
“Fun, funny, and wonderfully constructed, He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is a fitting homage to your childhood memories.” — Pocket Gamer, 9/10 Gold Award
“He-Man's first run on iOS is a great trip down memory lane… presented in a happy-go-lucky fashion that's well-polished and welcoming to old fans and newcomers alike.” — MTV Multiplayer
"The game’s fantastic cartoony style is a huge nostalgia trip, as is the excellent He-Man music." — IGN
"Hopefully no one looks at me funny when I raise my iPad above my head and yell, “I have the power!” — Arcade Sushi
Featuring epic battles, awesome attacks, and all your favorite heroic Masters of the Universe, He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe™ brings He-Man, the Most Powerful Man in the Universe from planet Eternia to the App Store for iOS.
Finally, By the Power of Grayskull, iHave the Power™!
*****Now Featuring the She-Ra Adventure!*****
• He-Man characters and world that fans know and love remastered for the modern generation.
• Play as He-Man or She-Ra
• 29 action-packed levels spread across 7 areas of Eternia.
• Fluid, intuitive controls for stunning swordplay. Choose from two control schemes.
• Huge boss fights with He-Man's greatest foes including Beast Man and Skeletor.
• Strengthen He-Man and SHe-Ra with fabulous secret powers and upgrades.
• Universal: plays great on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
This game is free to download and completely free to play but features non-compulsory In-App Purchases. If you do not wish to use this feature please disable In-App Purchases in your device settings.