He-Man has an interesting back story as he started as an action figure loosely based on Conan the Barbarian from 1982. The licensing was always a huge expense for Mattel, and that is part of the reason He-Man is his own unique entity. He-Man the toy later spawned a cartoon TV show of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Although He-Man has always seemed more of a joke which leads to games with the tagline, “so manly they had to name him twice”. He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is a new iOS game from Chillingo that delivers another side scrolling beat ‘em up style game, but this time starring He-Man.
You play as He-Man battling Skeletor across seven areas of Eternia, through 27 levels. Every single level is filled with enemies as you use your powerful sword to dispatch foes. The game has a touch based control system where you can drag your finger on the left side of the screen to control movement, tap on the right side to use your sword, and swipe up on the right side to jump and double jump. The control scheme is relatively smooth, but when the action gets heavy you suffer from the lack of precision. Every single level offers a unique challenge with hidden sequences, destructible environment elements, and big enemies including plenty of boss battles scattered between every few levels.
If you like action, then you will like He-Man the game as there’s over the top action just like the nature of He-Man himself, and the TV show. As you advance through the levels you can use the coins you earn to unlock new special powers for He-Man as well as unlock Masters of the Universe to help you. You can even use the power of Grey Skull to become invincible for a short time, but all of it is overly familiar, and a bit too straightforward. Every level offers repetitive screen tapping to mow through the enemies, and all of the levels blend together.
He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe doesn’t do all that much to stand out as a game, as it’s a relatively basic experience. The game uses the theme as a crutch, though there is a lot of action to enjoy with varied enemies and bosses. It’s just all “been there done that before” with just so much bland tapping on screen. It’s also a considerable grind to unlock new powers which can actually make the game a bit fresher.