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Might & Magic Clash of Heroes is a puzzle rpg that was originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2009. The game's popularity led to it being remade for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and now, iOS. Put simply, this anime-style installment of the Might & Magic series has been popular for a reason: it's a great game. Thankfully, the iOS version is a similarly great experience.
The concept of the game is straightforward: Players control an army of different colored units arranged on a grid at the bottom of their screen. Moving to match three units of a similar color will cause them to perform an action. The object of the game is to strategically move and group your units in order to defeat your opponent's army at the top of the screen while successfully defending your own. Although this may sound like a familiar formula, Clash of Heroes shines in its ability to wrap unique and beautiful visuals and smart design around its simple, core mechanic.
This tight presentation makes Might & Magic Clash of Heroes feel like players are getting more than their money's worth. As players progress in either the game's story-driven single-player campaign or in the multiplayer mode (which ranges from online battles to pass and play action), the game adds new layers of complexity with hero units, upgrades, and added mechanics.
All of this being said, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes is not above all reproach. After playing on an iPad and iPhone, the experience is better on a bigger screen. Also--being a universal app--the game allows player to sync their player data across devices using iCloud, but this is a dicey proposition for players wanting to switch between devices regularly and puts them at risk for losing or overwriting progress made in the game.
Overall though, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes delivers smart and stylish match three gameplay that will keep you occupied and satisfied for hours.