Review Bug Heroes 2
Your kitchen is a war zone overrun with combat bugs
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 30 Jun 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Neat animation, interesting graphics, unusual game play
Glitches, uses a lot of system resources, challenging controls, animation is a bit laggy
Bug Heroes 2 for Android is amusing in its presentation, but kinda shoots itself in the foot with glitchy play. Kids would probably love it while refined gamers may find it tedious.
Bug Heroes 2 has a lot going for it, and just as much working against it. You are the leader of a battalion of bugs, and your battlefield is a very messy household kitchen. I don’t know where the humans are, but if this is what bugs are doing in our homes while we’re out, then it’s seriously time to call the exterminators. The kitchen of this animated household looks like a war zone, which I guess is the whole point. I think on some level, this app is auditioning to be a motion picture; you see, in Hollywood, even bugs have headshots and an agent.
There is an array of gross and gooey looking creepy crawlies to recruit for your army; each with their own particular strengths. Decide which one is the leader of this ragtag band of soldiers, and then start exploring the counter tops and cupboards, scavenging for food and battling the enemy gnats; or whatever the hell those green slimy things were. Shooting the plasma gun and watching the enemies pop with green ooze is kinda satisfying, but the game itself lumbers tediously along. I loved how you can deploy your team to entirely different parts of the kitchen, then easily switch between them. It does make things interesting, because attacks can break out anywhere, and some of your team may get cornered by themselves, and you have to send other team members over to back them up.
The graphics and animation are a little like visual overload. There’s a lot on the screen at any given time, but it looks good and is interesting to explore. This would suck on a phone for sure. Navigating your characters can be cumbersome and unrefined. I think this game still needs some polish, but it has it’s feet firmly planted in the right direction.
Bug Heroes 2 is a huge battery killer; I was amazed at how hot my CPU got with this one. I think if you’re willing to jump in with both feet, this game could be immersive and take you away on an adventure. But you’ll need to be patient with it because it takes a good while to get to the fun part. Of course, a good can of Raid would put an end to all this, pronto.