Developer: ARTIBUS LLC
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed:
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Massively Multiplayer Online RPGs are not something I normally associate with mobile devices – unless we’re thinking in terms of high tech gadgetry normally portrayed in anime. However, times have since changed, and developers and publishers all across the board are trying to make the mobile market more user-friendly with a surge in the amount of MMORPGs making their way onto the App Store. Angry Heroes is a special kind of MMORPG. Instead of the typical affair it makes use of cartoon-driven animation and an exploratory, user-driven interface resulting in a game with its own twist on the term.

IMG_0990Players are first given the choice to create and name their character before being thrown into the game. Luckily there’s a short tutorial at hand to show them the ropes, because the game can seem incredibly daunting (for a mobile game) at first. Navigating around the screen is achieved by swiping left and right, and tapping on the various locations will bring up further options whether it be more locations or NPC’s to interact with.

The arena is where all the action happens, and where players can spend most of their time battling opponents and leveling up. Though the game gives the impression that there is lots to see and do, it doesn’t truly open up until maybe Levels 5 or 6 when more areas become available to visit. Though it requires some amount of grinding, winning battles or partaking in quests can also level up a character at a fairly decent rate. By going on various quests assigned by the stranger at the tavern, players can earn more gold that in-turn can be used to upgrade the hero’s stats, upgrade their mansion and surroundings, or to buy certain goods. Another form of in-game currency, mushrooms, are useful for purchasing weapons and armor; though very difficult to come by. The Shroom Dealer will offer the option to purchase more mushrooms, but unfortunately that will involve spending real cash.

IMG_0997Angry Heroes also offers players the chance to take on jobs, such as guarding, in order to earn some gold. However, as I discovered, the actual job takes place in real time so it involves literally waiting for an hour to pass in order to earn 50 gold. I’m not even sure if there are any other perks to this, so it’s debatable as to whether it’s worthwhile.

The absolute best feature of the game has to be the fantastic chat room system and message log that allows players to talk to others online from around the world. Unfortunately, players can only really access this at around Level 5, which is a little frustrating for those who just want to get stuck in. Overall though, regardless of the game’s initial slow pace and the amount of grinding necessary for it to really start going somewhere, it’s solid, entertaining, and offers hours of enjoyment.

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