Review Book of Heroes
A surprisingly fun RPG
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 18 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent combat system, well written story, interesting gameplay
Poor graphics, has too many timers
Book of Heroes for Android is an RPG that mixes elements of old school computer roleplaying games (CRPGs) and mobile RPGS. It’s well written, throws in a lot of old school references, but incorporates plenty of new tricks too.
If you’re ever played an old dungeon crawler where enemies would be facing you upon confrontation but you’d never see yourself then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here. When you get into a fight, you’ll see enemy cards, though you shouldn’t necessarily think of them as cards. Each enemy will have a certain amount of time before they attack, say 1 minute and 30 seconds. Every attack you have also has a corresponding time. If you choose an attack that takes 30 seconds to use then you’ll attack before the enemy. Now the time isn’t a one-to-one ratio here, and it all works turn-based still. If your attack goes off before yours then you’ll get a chance to use another attack on them.
There are three classes in the game, and each class has unique abilities that they’ll learn over the course of the game. I played as a sort of rogue class, so many of my abilities would cripple my enemies or cause damage over time (dots). I found myself, for the first time ever, actually coming up with an optimal attack rotation based on how my character was being built in order to maximize damage per second (dps).
Quest-wise, the game plays out a lot like an MMORPG. You’ll be tasked with collecting drops from enemies. What’s different is that you’ll just go from fight to fight to fight until you need to go back and heal, or you collect what you need to collect. This is where we run into problems, though. Health regenerates very slowly, or costs money, and money is very limited in this game. There is also a silly energy system, and every fight costs energy. In other words, the game is rigged to make you pay to play, which isn’t fair at all.
Book of Heroes is a remarkably fun RPG, however. The gameplay is exceedingly fun and it’s one of the first RPGs on a phone that I super enjoyed.