Heroes of Hellas 3: Athens
More of the same - A guy's review
*review based on completing the full game in normal mode*
The third one in the "Heroes of Hellas" series plays very much like the second one. You have to rebuild a city (this time Athens), figure out who of the gods are creating chaos and put a stop to it. But of course this time it looks a whole lot better.
The graphics is noticeable better than what it was in "Olympia" and rebuilding the city becomes more visually pleasing. The way you go about it is pretty much the same as before, but you get your "orders" from the towns priest this time. You have more options to the looks of the buildings this time though, and can choose from 3 different types for each one.
I missed the palace from the beginning as was in the previous two, but you do get to build one here as well. Only, you have to finish the main game first to open a bonus part with classic boards and puzzles to build your palace step by step. It was the least pleasing way to build a palace so far, but extended the game itself, so that in itself was pleasing.
The boards you play on are quite creative as they were in the second game of the series, and at times you need to think about what you are doing. Sometimes you even get some surprises. They seemed more challenging than before, but are still within moderate difficulty.
There is a couple of new power-ups as well. Not that they add much to the game, but it is always fun with something new. There is still some level of randomness plaguing some of these, but seem less so than before.
You can choose to play timed or not, so it should suit any kind of player. I don't see how playing without the time constraint would offer any challenge in this particular game, but it is good to have an option. I got through with it being timed and did not run into any serious problems throughout the game.
If you played the first two you might notice a difference in the "treasure chest" boards in this one. This causes them to be much more challenging than before.
There are achievements to collect this time around too, but I found then far less enjoyable to collect than what they were before. Fewer too. At least they have a leveled system this time, so each one has three stages. There are no wallpapers this time around, neither mosaic puzzles. They do have more fragment puzzles though.
The music seems to be very similar (maybe even the same) as before. But it is not as intrusive as some other games. It doesn't hurt to turn it down a notch though ;o)
Due to how it looks and the way the boards were created I think this is the most entertaining one of the three Heroes of Hellas games, even though it plays very similar to the second one. I think it would be a perfect introductory game for the genre, and it also offers quite a bit for anyone who likes Match 3 games. If you are looking for something very, very challenging then you might want to look elsewhere, but you'd still might find it entertaining with everything that is going on.
When in doubt, try it before buying it.
November 24, 2012
very addicitive game - many levels and it took five days to complete
November 14, 2011
Very good game
Very interesting game.I realy liked it.
November 17, 2011
I really enjoyed playing this game. The graphics are great and the game is challenging enough to keep you interested.
December 16, 2011
challenging game play good graphics, great game.
December 7, 2011
Really Liked This
A good difficulty level made this game fun yet challenging.
June 14, 2014
This was fun until level 6-11 !
This was a fun relaxing game until level 6-11 and NO way to pass! Even the forum for this game has no help even since 2012 !!! Did the game maker just miss something or has everyone given up?
January 26, 2014
No access to bonus game called the palace
It was fun until I came to the Palace (bonus) which isn't working, the game quits and that was it. Went to the forum and No help, No fixes since 2012! I'm not impressed...
May 6, 2014
Okay but won't buy
Decent M3, A little better than average. The HOS are interesting, somewhat challenging (except hint recharges quickly) & a little different. I like when objects are cleverly hidden and not just microscopic or a fuzzy image which I found this to be. Chain type M3s are my least favorite & this one is easy.
January 4, 2014
Great for young kids
Not as challenging as the first game Heros of Hellas. My 5 year old grandson loves all 3 of the Hero's games but number one seems the best to me. I love the trail matching instead of the drop or slide type game. Grapics are good and the game is somewhat educational.
November 12, 2011