Hero's Way Review
- Unique approach to Action-RPGs.
- Challenging boss battles; mixes up the otherwise passive gameplay.
- Encourages IAP due to endless money-sinks.
- Passive and repetitive gameplay can drain the fun out of the experience.
Hero's Way has it fun points, but ultimately it takes the control out your hands while still requiring grinding to get by without In App Purchases.
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There exists a place at which too much control is removed from the hands of the player and while the specific point may vary for each individual, turning an Action-RPG in to what feels like an automated Sim seems to cross the line. Hero's Way by Lakoo is, at the very least, a novel idea and one that may appeal to those sick of mashing buttons, but having RPG characters that do everything for you feels immensely lazy.
Aside from the selection of equipment; the distribution of character statistics; and occasionally moving the characters to avoid severe attacks, the game literally plays itself. After selecting the members of your three-man party from a mix of either a warrior, a rogue or a mage, you'll jump in to a side-scrolling level with a handful of monsters. Your minions will duke it out, initiating special attacks as soon as they're available and collecting items including cash, potions and random loot including treasure chests that require payments to open.
Should one of your party members die their resurrection is only 100 gold away - a nominal fee, but one you'll be seeing far too often if you push on to the next area too soon, depleting your coffers and leaving you unable to proceed. Cash quickly becomes a problem as items quickly reach prices that require repetitive grinding to obtain or, as the publisher would prefer you to do, a simple In App Purchase away.
The cute visual style is certainly appealing at first, but this also loses its charm after witnessing the same repeated attack animation several dozen times in a row.
What little control you have over your minions comes in the form of forcing them to stop or dragging them around the screen. This can come in handy as it allows you to dodge missile attacks if you're fast enough or otherwise fling your way out of the path of a rampaging monster. It's the one shining feature in an otherwise generic RPG experience.
Considering the free price point of Hero's Way it's hard to begrudge its focus on grinding to make up for the lack of payments, but all your money will buy is more grinding, so it's hardly a fair trade. Pick up the game to see if it clicks with you, but be wary of its long-term playability.
DescriptionSlay your way through 60 levels of monsters, ghost and ghouls in this action packed arcade-role playing game!
•Responsive intuitive touch controls makes playing Hero’s Way effortless and fun!
•Never the same level twice! Random level generation offers unique replays!
•Gorgeous graphics, fluid animation, original musical score and digitally mastered sound effects immerse you into this epic world!
•Over 400 items and weapons to customize your heroes with!
"Gameplay that focuses on maneuver...drag-and-drop mechanic adds up to way more fun than can be described on paper...a fun and refreshing innovation that only iOS could properly deliver...lusciously drawn environments...Hero’s Way looks as if it’s going to have that magical accessible-yet-challenging quality." - iFanzine, Sean Koch
"My first impressions are that the graphics are really nice and crisp. Love the fact it's a universal build and looks awesome on my ipad." - Mr. Charley, CB Tester
"... with high-quality stunning interface, accessible gameplay, gorgeous cinematics and amazing cute cartoon graphics ..." - Editor Picked by Best10Apps.com
•Dynamic single player control of three heroes in real-time action!
•Responsive intuitive touch controls!
•6 Classes to choose from (The Warrior, Witch and Rogue are joined by 3 new heroes classes...Cleric, Demon Hunter and Mercenary!)!
•Upgradable hero stats!
•Over 400 items and weapons to acquire and customize your heroes with!
•Enhancing item and weapon magical gems!
•Charged Power Attacks utilizing your weapon’s magical imbued abilities!
•60 multi-level terrain levels of game play!
•Random level generation for unique replay!
•Over 80 monsters, ghosts and ghouls to slay!
•6 Epic boss battles!
•Gorgeous detailed graphics!
•Smooth fluid animation!
•Original musical score!
•Digitally mastered sound effects!
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