Shoot arrows and dodge enemies in Archero and be the lone force standing up against the forces of evil.
Pick your bow and arrow upgrades and try out different combinations.
Fight against foes in different and ever-changing maps and worlds.
Mobile games should be experiences that are easy and quick to get into, and should be perfect regardless if you’re playing on a couch or while waiting in line at a packed grocery store. Archero is a prime example of a game that fits both of these categories. It’s quick and fast-paced enough to entertain you and can hold your attention for hours. The game is a solid, action-packed top-down experience but is a long grind if you want to get far into it. Before you start downloading it though, let’s take a look at what it was to offer and see if it’s something you’d want to try out.
As its name suggests, you’ll take the mantle of an archer hero in Archero. Your main goal is to traverse through the many levels and dungeons, rain down arrows on enemies, and at the same time dodge their attacks. Though this sounds simple enough, it’s actually pretty hard to do: the levels progressively get harder and enemies start attacking in more complicated patterns while becoming stronger and gaining more abilities. When you die, you have to start from scratch. Within a couple of hours, you’ll still find it hard to get through the first, 50-stage level.
Archero’s controls are relatively straightforward. You’ll move around using a virtual joystick/d-pad on the center of the screen. Thing is, the joystick obscures a part of the screen which can make it tricky if you’re trying to dodge a hail of missile fire from your enemies. In addition, you cannot move and fire at the same time: your archer has to stop moving to attack. There are also obstacles scattered around the levels which you can use to block or dodge enemy attacks.
As you progress through levels, you’ll earn gold and experience. When you level up and progress, you’ll get a chance to pick one from three upgrades which will help you kill off enemies more efficiently. Upgrades include attack speed buffs, more arrows in various directions, elemental attacks, and shields. Apart from in-level progression, your account will also grow which will lead to your archer earning permanent upgrades like increased HP and other buffs.
Unfortunately, gameplay is Archero is limited by its stamina mechanic. You’re only granted 20 stamina and you need to spend five in order to enter a level, meaning you’ll only get to play four times unless if you use gems or watch an advertisement. It’s an outdated element that doesn’t make sense. It’s not a good fit for a game that requires you to play numerous times in order to progress. You either have to wait a couple of hours for the stamina bar to refill or buy gems.
In terms of presentation Archero runs smoothly. The graphics aren’t too detailed, yet the textures are smooth and enemy designs are well thought out. In addition, the levels seem random which means that even if you start from scratch, every playthrough provides a different experience.
Overall, Archero is an action-packed experience you need to try out. It’s best played in bursts, not thanks to its stamina mechanic, but it’s a well-made game that is sure to keep you entertained whenever you play it. With its robust progression and upgrades mechanic, you’re bound to enjoy trying out different skills and combinations.