Time of Heroes review (iOS / Universal)

January 22, 2012

 “The Northlander’s fate is bound to Altland
Bring hope to the people… Make a stand!”

10 word description: 3D turn-based strategy. 6 playable heroes. Customisable difficulty levels.

10 word review: Hardcore is the word you’re looking for. Trollmages kick ass.

The battle view can be switched off, if you prefer a faster game. Personally, I enjoy watching the fights

You will like this if you enjoy: Deep, challenging and interesting turn-based strategy games. In the same sort of general genre – Fantasy Wars, Ravenmark, Highborn, Battle for Wesnoth, even FF Tactics in some ways.

The good news: Quite a formidable challenge, even on easy/pack (the easiest setting). Plenty of depth to strategies – terrain, class choice, hero positioning, items, etc. Graphics are quite detailed and fairly clear; optional battle sequences are nice to have. Music and sounds are good. The campaign will take most people plenty of time to get through. Difficulty customisation includes separate settings for AI difficulty and the number of enemy units that you will face. Gameplay can optionally be speeded up using settings for movement animations, and so on.

Each hero levels up independently and has his/her own skill tree and item(s)

The bad news: I’m very old fashioned, so I’d love an optional overhead 2D view with a permanent grid. Sorry! I’d find that a great help in the more crowded battles. Complete newcomers to the genre note – this game does not ease you in with a handful of casual wins; the first scenario will knock you down hard, even if you pay attention and read all the tutorial pop-ups!

Arcadelife verdict: As a complete package, Time of Heroes works incredibly well. The land and characters have their own lore and the story, although fairly simple, provides plenty of believable motivation. I always go into this type of game warily, as simple mistakes often send you to the “Defeat” screen all too rapidly, and there were no surprises when I had to replay the first scenario a couple of times to even achieve a rather demoralising “Marginal Victory”.

While TBS games are never going to appeal to a huge majority of mobile gamers, the question that’s really important is whether Smuttlewerk Interactive’s game will appeal to genre fans, and I don’t think I’m making a wild strategic miscalculation when I say that I believe it most certainly will.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 82/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Time of Heroes website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

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