Heroes of Hellas
Tough to complete ...
This is a good game, but the timer is a bit "mean" - many levels have to be replayed several times before you get them in the allotted time. The graphics are OK, but not great. Of the three Heroes games this is by far the most challenging and therefore value for money. 2 and 3 are pretty easy and can be finished easily in one ot two sittings.
December 11, 2011
Heroes of Randomness - A Guy's review
*review based on completing the full game in normal mode*
I'm starting to warm up to Match 3 games after playing Azkend and Ancient Quest of Saqqarah and a couple more. Seeing my wife love this "Heroes of Hellas" series, I thought I'd give it a go.
Well, it is almost good. It plays similar to Azkend in the way you play the boards. You can from long chains with elements connected to each other. I like that. I love to see how long chains I can be able to make.
And there are power-ups. But here the games fall really short compared to the other similar games I've played. The power-ups don't feel like power ups. You can't select which to use where, it is all pre-selected for you. And most of them are making totally random changes to the board. You spend a quantity of time to select enough elements to use one, and then it might not be helpful at all. I can't start to explain the frustration I had with this. What bad game design, well, IMO.
I do not care much for things that acts totally on random, because that is basically like playing the lottery. Things should be solvable, and, in this case, power-ups should be beneficial.
That being said, I did to some degree enjoy the game, and did manage to finish it. It has other things included in it that ups the grade.
I liked the mosaic puzzles in between the levels.
Along the way you collect coins, which you can use to build your own palace step by step, even with some freedom of choices. Even though it was rather basic I found that I kinda enjoyed that part. There are also achievements to collect, and I always like that. If it wasn't for the bad randomness that would have made me replay the game to collect the rest.
The graphics are perfectly ok for a game like this, and considering the age of it. It stretches for widescreen, but I had no problem with it. The music is not intrusive, but it serves best when it is set (very) low.
There are three different difficulty levels to choose from. Easy, Normal, Hard. I only played on normal, so I can't elaborate on the differences. Again, it is the randomness of it all that somewhat kills it, and I don't see that changing between the difficulty levels. It is probably just the time limit and maybe the amount of elements needed collecting to use power-ups that change.
The game is ok as a time filler, and has a little extra that might make it more enjoyable for some. I think the safest bet is to try it out before buying it if you are insecure about it. I have both its sequels, and hope that they play better than this first one. Look for a daily deal on this one.
November 17, 2012
Heroes of Hellas 1 not fun played after Heroes Of Hellas 2 &3
Heroes 2 and 3 are FUN.. so I purchased Heroes 1... redundant every level, no chance to plan moves, lightenings are so random they are powerless and useless, takes too long to get enough of a color of stones to get the helpers, same-o same-o every level - played each level over and over and over using diferent schemes each time .. still takes forever. Unlike the other two, there is no player skill involved; just patience and pure luck.. Graphics? I forgot there were graphics.
Recommend starting with Heroes Of Hellas 2 and 3 .. THEY have it all!
April 23, 2012