Review iSlash Heroes
Not the best slashing puzzle game, but still addictive
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 16 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Controls are great, fun gameplay
Static environments, limited assets
Look, when a game starts off by telling you it’s the best, it sets up some pretty high expectations that it’s usually not going to meet. That’s exactly what iSlash Heroes for Android did. It challenges you to tune up your ninja skills by cutting pieces of a board. I’m not sure what that has to do with being a ninja, but that’s not my job. The real question is: does this game live up to its own hype?
Let’s be honest, it really doesn’t. Fruit Ninja is a game that really tests your ninja skills. This is more of a puzzle game than anything else, though it does force you to rely on your reaction skills at some point. There is no real introduction and I’m still not 100 percent sure what the scoring system is based on, but the idea is that you’ve got a board with shurikens flying around on it. You want to cut that board up as small as you can why keeping the shurikens together.
I think the idea is that you want to cut the board beyond a threshold, but I’m not sure because the game never comes out and tells you that. I came to this conclusion through trial and error. I did have a lot of fun cutting the boards up, however. Levels seem to progress at an easy enough pace, though there were times when it was really difficult to be patient enough for the shurikens to get into a position where it was worth cutting a chunk of the board off.
The game’s aesthetic isn’t very exciting, though. The board looks like a dull piece of wood and there are no vibrant colors in the game. The environment doesn’t change, and the shape of the board never got really inventive either.
For what it is, iSlash Heroes is a pretty fun game, though. It registers touch really well and the gameplay is just short and sweet.