I don’t play many iOS games. At least on a regular basis. I own a bunch of them, sunk plenty of money into the App store, as really the free stuff is generally not that great. I play around with the games for a few hours typically, then put them away, safely tucked onto my iPad, not to be touched for a long while. The general exception to this rule is when Square Enix puts out something that has been released at least four times before. I then buy it again, obviously. I am here today not to talk about one of the earlier Final Fantasies however. I am not even here to talk about a game I paid for. Nay! I am here to talk about an iOS game that is free, but amazing.
Hero Academy by Robot Entertainment is a game that costs the low, low price of free on the Apple App Store. It is a tactics RPG, simple in nature, but surprisingly deep. The game features a small grid, where each side gets two crystals. A match can either be won by murdering every one of your opponents troops, or blasting the aforementioned crystals to holy hell. This sounds like a simple premise, but things get hectic quick, as the game is made so well.
Also, which may the most important feature of this game is how this descent into tactics entropy is actually played. Like the insanely popular Words with Friends, Hero Academy is asynchronous. What this means kids, is the turns do not have to come one after the other, the game can be put down for hours, days even, without ending the match itself. This seems to be a trend encroaching onto the iOS game field, which is something that should be embraced, as it allows you squeeze in some more game whenever you can.
Each army, of which now there are three play to different strengths, also having differing weaknesses. Learning each army really is the key to the game, not only how to play them, but also; perhaps more importantly, how to play against them. Each army can defeat each different army, but in differing ways.
Although the game is free, expect to pay some money in some micro-transaction funtime. At the very least to buy the Dark Elves and the Dwarves. That’s right, you only have the Human army to start. This is by no means bad, as the other two armies are not better than the Humans, but you should just be ready to shell out a few bucks for a varied tactics experience. Big plus though, getting the Dark Elves for I think $1.99 also gets rid of the ads present all over. It’s worth it, especially to support such a good game.