Games that have the formula of “base-building and sending your armies to battle” are unoriginal and quite frankly, something we’re all tired of. However, Empire of Heroes rekindles this gaming loop’s appeal, thanks to stunning presentation aspects, smooth gameplay, and decent voice acting. Though it does not reinvent or reimagine the mobile strategy genre, it improves the overall experience, making it a game strategy players would want to get their hands on. For you though, will it be worth a playthrough? Let’s check out what it has to offer.
Empire of Heroes follows the gameplay loop of games like Game of War: Fire Age and even Mobile Strike. Its formula is build a base, form an army, recruit heroes into your army, and fight. This time though, the setting is in the Three Kingdoms Period in China, and you’ll encounter characters like Liu Bei and Da Qiao. However, the game is far from being historically accurate: these heroes have special, superhuman abilities. There are also legendary beasts you’ll need to beat to acquire their power. You’ll get to play as a new character whose task is to stop the war and bloodshed, save people, and in the long-term, stop the turmoil.
Though its gameplay is the type you’ve seen before, Empire of Heroes has a bit of a learning curve you have to go through. The first parts of the game will make you learn how to build structures, orient you about the combat, and teach you some of the mechanics like recruiting heroes. It’s a guided tutorial, so you won’t have any freedom which can be frustrating, but at the same time, essential if you want to get far in the game. Buildings have timers, but these can be sped up if you reach a certain timeframe.
Empire of Heroes’ combat elements is quite simple to understand and though it requires minimal participation on your part, it takes into account unit types and a few other factors. For example, infantry units can be routed easily by charging cavalry. Each battle is a set and straightforward piece with opposing sides going at each other’s throats. You’ll take part in battles simply by activating your heroes’ skills by tapping on their respective portraits. It’s not the most exciting loop, but it works well. You can access battles through the campaign/story mode. Here you can strengthen and level up your heroes before facing off against them in the PvP element of the game.
Empire of Heroes excels in almost every presentation aspect. It’s likely one of the best-looking mobile strategy games today. Though the environments are far from being realistic, the art style is nothing short of fantastic. Most of the characters also have Japanese voice acting, which adds to the experience.
Overall, though Empire of Heroes doesn’t reinvent the strategy game wheel, it more than improves it. Its smooth and straightforward gameplay and fantastic art style make it a must-play not just for anyone looking for a decent strategy game, but anyone looking for a great mobile game to dive into. Give it a shot and start forming your own empire of heroes!