Heroes and Castles – Battling On The Front Lines

4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 4.5/5
Duration: 4.5/5

Great combination of genres | Unique perspective | Throughly engaging | Deluxe campaign & co-op

Not the most fluid combat | Requires very delicate balance | Can be overwhelming

Foursaken Media has quite a stable of high quality 3D games like Bug Heroes, Sky Gnomes, and N.Y. Zombies. Heroes and Castles is their latest effort, and may be their best yet, as it doesn’t fit into any distinct mold. The game combines elements of castle defense, action RPG, and real time strategy to deliver one engaging iOS experience. There’s so much going on at once, as you play on the front lines to try to defend your castle against waves of the undead horde.

In each of the 30 levels, you need to go on the offensive with your own character to kill the invading enemies. At the same time, you need to keep the gold mines active to build up the army around you with archers, pikemen, dwarves, and more. You also need to upgrade your castle, and you need to continually balance killing enemies, with building support, because you definitely can’t do it alone. There are three different environments, and as you progress there’s more and more available whether it’s giants and catapults on your side, or ghouls, trolls, and mummies on theirs.

It’s really a thrilling experience, because you always have to fight in desperation mode with a constant uphill battle. Everything on your side is limited, so you will need great resource management all while more and more tougher enemies are coming at you. It’s simply a great experience to battle on the front lines in the castle defense style, and its even better when you have larger armies fighting by your sides. The 3rd person action is intense, though it’s not the most fluid in terms of your attacks against multiple enemies. The single player campaign is extremely worthwhile, and then there’s an endless assault online multiplayer mode with co-op play allowing you, and another to fight together.

Heroes and Castles ($1.99, Universal) puts you on the battlefield like no other game for iOS, and there’s just so much to enjoy that it’s a definite must buy.


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