Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Air
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High Five Hero isn’t just about the physical act of slapping the hand of another human being - it’s about capturing the burst of enthusiasm that goes along with it. However, as celebrations go, high fives tend to be fun but fleeting. The same is true of the game.
High Five Hero takes place during that magical time right after a home town victory at a local bar. Your team just won the sportsball bowl or whatever and you couldn’t be more pumped. Players seek out fellow fans while nimbly avoiding haters dressed in the opposing team’s colors. Once players make contact, their high five partner will then slide across the screen. Players must tap their outstretched hand, or hands, to successfully complete the high five. Longer streaks and alcohol “power-ups” replenish the player’s dwindling energy meter. Botching high fives and running into enemies will deplete it faster, and once it’s gone it’s game over. As the game suggests, it’s better to intercept friends’ paths instead of chasing after them. Players can also repel rivals with the victory story item. When they’re in the zone, players will feel so excited it’s like they scored the winning point themselves.
However, like during any high, High Five Hero can only stave off the inevitable crash for so long. Despite the two different gameplay phases, moving and high fiving, the game’s infectious spirit gives way to repetition fairly quickly. High fives get faster and more elaborate the longer the round lasts, but it’s still fundamentally the same act over and over again. In real-life, the player’s hand would be raw. Meanwhile, the crude drawing art style is charming and captures the rambunctious pub vibe well, but it’s kind of flat, too. At least players can customize team colors to better live out their own personal high five fantasies. The sound effects for the high fives themselves are also excellently impactful, but they pretty much had to be.
Much like high fives themselves, High Five Hero should be saved for when the moment is right - like during an actual sports team’s victory - and put away once the time has passed. Otherwise it starts to lose its awesome power.