Heroes of Kalevala Review
- Fast-paced three-match gameplay with puzzle elements.
- Unlockable heroes and town upgrades.
- Miniature town-management system for added bonuses.
- Fast advancement may be addictive for some, but boring and repetitive for others.
- Difficulty ramps up quickly.
From playing with your townsfolk to defending them from the evil witch, Heroes of Kalevala gets the mix of relaxing Sim-style play with three-match puzzling just right, making this a truly addictive title to play.
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Heroes of Kalevala by 10tons is not your typical three-match game and in a way it reminds me of something like ActRaiser on the SNES. It's not the best direct comparison, but much like the SNES title, Kalevala mashes two seemingly unrelated genres together and ends up with a surprisingly coherent title as a result of it.
There are two phases to the gameplay, with players earning gold via three-match battles on complex and varied boards and then spending this cash on their virtual cities, helping to expand the population while keeping them happy to help boost your cash in three-match games. And so on, and so forth. It's a vicious cycle that's punctuated by earning new items based on your progression in each particular town or unlocking new heroes to assist players in the three-match mode. Once you've reached the bronze level of a town you can pack up some of your villagers and gold and head off to new lands, getting closer to their final destination.
The graphics are quite clever, with the city building mode having depth and each item that's placed down feels like a real part of the background artwork. Villagers will also interact and players can lose some time as they watch them with Sims-style voyeuristic glee.
Heroes of Kalevala is crisp, clean and best of all just plain addictive, giving players frequent small rewards for progression. Definitely worth picking up for casual gamers and three-match fans.
DescriptionBuild your very own village in the magical world of Kalevala!
"If you are looking for one of the best Match-3 games to play on your iPhone, give Heroes of Kalevala a look. You won’t be able to stop playing!"
"Beautiful soundtrack; highly addictive gameplay; interesting mix of puzzle and simulation."
Slidetoplay.com - Must Have
"Stunning graphics. Plenty of match-3 fun to had. Lovingly crafted blend of match-3 and building sim."
"It’s all dressed up in gorgeous graphics [...] worth every penny. A really good game."
AppSpy.com video review: http://bit.ly/hok_videoreview
Choose a hero you like the best and lead your tribe to a bright future in the lands of Kalevala!
Exciting match-3 gameplay, amazing hero powerups and fascinating village building feature provide hours of imaginative entertainment. Experience more than 140 hand crafted levels featuring unique match-3 gameplay such as lock bomb combos and tar fights.
Build your village from scratch and watch it thrive and produce wealth. Can your tribe acquire the fabled Sampo?
- Match your way through more than 140 hand crafted levels
- Create your very own village
- Eight powerful heroes with distinct abilities
- Story with voice overs
- Play as long as you like after completing the story
- More than 30 Achievements with and without Game Center
- Retina display support
Gameplay video: http://bit.ly/hok_iphonevideo