Hero of Sparta II Review

By , on July 29, 2010

Hero of Sparta II
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 29 Jul, 2010
  • Size: 331.6 MB
  • Price: $4.99
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5 out of 5


  • Smooth combat controls.
  • 12 action filled levels with upgrades to explore.
  • Crisp graphics with Retina support.


  • Fixed camera can occasionally cause control glitches.
  • Was there a director for the voice acting?


Hero of Sparta II is an easy sell for fans of the original, but it's still a fairly mindless action-slashing experience.

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No, it's not just you. I've got an overwhelming sense that I've been here before too, but if it has to be said Hero of Sparta II (HoS2) by Gameloft has kept it's standards high and in this latest installment in the saga of Argos you'll go head to head against, well, just about everything that moves.

However before you get to chopping the obligatory horde of undead and mythical creatures, you'll have to brace yourself for some mighty fine examples of how voice acting shouldn't be done. Shortly thereafter you'll find yourself casually striding your way through wave after wave of soldiers, cutting through mythical creatures like it was a hobby and learning how to manipulate creatures by sticking a sword in their spine. Despite a few hiccups due to sudden camera changes, the virtual stick controls are smooth and pulling off long combos is extremely simple thanks to an intuitive system that allows players to activate special abilities by swiping or holding the attack button. 

Playing HoS2 on a Retina display is a real treat as the crisp, vibrant textures just explode off the screen. Unfortunately the 3D models are still simplistic and this can be off-putting, resulting in some of the game's larger creatures coming off as humorous rather than epic.

Fans of the original have something special to look forward to with Hero of Sparta II and with 12 action packed levels to complete you'll be kept busy for some time. Definitely worth checking out if you're an action fan.


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