Nintendo has published its very first real android game. It comes from a long heritage of RPGs (Role-play games) which have been fan favourites for years and has a dedicated following. Fire Emblem Heroes is the first Fire Emblem mobile game in a long-running and greatly respected turn-based strategy series from renowned studio Intelligent Systems.
Fire emblem heroes game follows a freemium model which means it is free to play but requires real money payments to unlock certain heroes and powers during different stages of gameplay. Buying these items, which range between INR 75 - INR 5,900/item isn’t necessary to play the game but will give the buyer an upper hand over the free players.
Fire Emblem Heroes has gathered a reputation for its smooth gameplay, captivating storylines and references from the past games of the series. In this Fire Emblem Heroes review, we will see some of the features which make it arguably one of the best role play games for android and iOS devices.
For those of you who are new to the Fire Emblem series, it is a fantasy tactical role-playing game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. There are 16 games in the series and Fire Emblem Heroes is the first one for phone users. Fire Emblem timeline started in 1990 with the release of their first game Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Since then, the game has gathered a dedicated following and appreciation from around the world. These are turn-based war games with many interesting characters and fancy storylines which interact with each other. Some of the modes showcase death of a character by removing it from the Fire Emblem timeline, making the health and recovery of heroes crucial, unlike other RPGs.
Fire Emblem Heroes is a journey of another quest in the long list of Fire Emblem universe. Here dozens upon dozens heroes from the entire universe meet. Players make their move on their turn and can play with a team of up to 4 heroes with different powers. Each level has various maps and requires distinct strategies. You can choose from several Fire Emblem heroes characters which unlocks as you ladder up the stages. It is the easiest game in the Fire Emblem series and Intelligent Systems has done a great job of optimising it for mobile phone playability.
Fire Emblem Heroes makes you a part of turn-based battles fought between you and your opponents. Take turns with your opponent on an 8x6 chess-like 2D board to wipe your opponent’s team before they do the same to you. Players need “stamina” to fight which is limited or to be purchased. Fire Emblem Heroes characters also consist of many great icons from the previous games from this series like Marth and Roy. The game is also loaded with PvP mode (player vs player) which requires Dueling sword instead of stamina. Despite the element of grinding it is hands down one of the best Android RPG games around today.
The graphics for this game are effective and sharp which gives the player an immersive experience. Intelligent Systems has made sure that the game looks great without compromising performance. The landscape featured is beautiful which created a world of its own. The castles, forests, fields and lava playing areas capture the imagination and great support by convincing voice effects. Selection of characters is done through Fire Emblem Heroes portraits which are captivating in their details. They have got the graphics parts down and with a good margin.
There are over 1100 intertwined stories in Fire Emblem Heroes including all modes. The music and sound effects for the game are generally good. There are limited voice-acted lines and much of the dialogue is shown through text boxes, taking stories forward. The sequences are presented as hand-drawn models that appear during dialogue. Sound effects, combined with the storyline make this game a must-play for every RPG lover.
Fire Emblem Heroes is built on a freemium concept which means that though the game is free to play, everything in the game is not free. This makes the cost relative to the player. For someone who is not competitive and doesn’t want to spend money on a game can play this for free, provided he is ready to wait long hours to refill, play with mediocre weapons and don’t mind losing to noobs. Others can make fast progress and play for unlimited hours just by spending some money.
For someone who has been playing Fire Emblem for a long time, this game will be very alluring and rightly so. It is captivating, detailed and follows through on its legacy. For someone from the Fire Emblem universe, it may be the best online RPG game for android or iOS. For others too, it is surely worth trying. We would suggest that if you are into RPGs, you should give it a chance. Though the “freemium” thing is annoying and the way developers use “stamina” to monetize the hours is off-putting, you can still make the most of it without spending money. Mobile App daily has published many games and app reviews featuring some of the best in class and this is easily among the good ones.
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