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Developer: Gamania Digital Entertainment
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Hero: 108 is a collection of quirky mini games bundled together under the guise of the cartoon series of the same name, one that admittedly I know nothing of. As it’s free, you might as well download Hero: 108; it’s quite fun in short bursts.

The mini games themselves are entertaining enough, at least for five minutes or so. There are six in all, each focusing on tapping quickly. One of them requires you to shoot down arrows before they hit you, a quick tap of the screen sorts that out. Another requires you to tap a rhino furiously in order to stop it trampling over you. Others require you to hit enemies as they appear from holes, much like a carnival game. The remaining three are similar in nature, mostly focusing on tapping the screen quickly and at the right time. One game comprises of air hockey and offers a bit more strategy but it still sticks to the key focus within Hero: 108: reacting quickly.

Each of these games are pretty fun. None of them particularly stand out but in turn, none of them are particularly weak either. The weakness lies in the lack of leaderboard support. For a title focused so heavily on beating your previous high score, it seems bizarre that there’s no way of comparing your scores with friends. There’s no GameCenter or OpenFeint support, there’s not even a way of sharing your scores via Facebook or Twitter. Even more bizarrely, you can’t even compare your previous scores through the app as it doesn’t save them. It’s a huge oversight for such a game.

It’s unfortunate as the lack of high scores eradicates the replay value that Hero: 108 could potentially offer. As it stands, it’s an OK game with a nice quirky style behind it. However it’s a game that feels more worthwhile as a freebie than something you have to pay for. Maybe if high score support follows, it’ll have a bit more of a point to it.


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