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Review Hero Zero
Create your character from scratch
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 05 Sep 2016, tested on HTC One S
Decent graphics, unusual game play, simple controls
We have to wait a long time
Hero Zero for Android is a kind of comic book parody game, that’s heavy on waiting and light on fun. You customize your own "hero"; always a bucktoothed nerdy character. You start off in your underpants, and have to shop at the second hand store to work your way through dressing gowns, used junk, normal clothes, and finally superhero outfits.
You go on missions with humorous concepts like fixing an old person's computer, rescuing a cat, and so on; but they all just involve a pointless waiting game while supposed "missions" complete. Likewise, you can "duel" with other characters, but all that involves is tapping on their character while it bounces a bit; and trying to get their energy bar to zero before yours.
Of course, there's an in game currency for speeding things up (doughnuts), an energy system, and all that ridiculous jazz. You'd be better off buying some real doughnuts than wasting any money at all on this static, repetitive, barely amusing game. Plus you still have to wait around anyway for more costume options to appear.
I guess the main appeal of Hero Zero lies in making your own character; and there is a lot of choice in that respect. But there’s no story behind them to keep you intrigued. You can play this game just by tapping on a mission, then doing something else for a while; and just checking into the game every so often. There’s virtually no gameplay in this one, so it needs to be a lot funnier to make it worth playing.
Wait as you patiently go from zero to hero
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 03 Feb 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Offers a lot of character customization, features a lot of good humor
Doesn't feature any real interactive gameplay, missions consist of you selecting them and then waiting for a timer to count down to zero
Hero Zero for Android is a really weird ‘game’ because it’s not really a game in the traditional sense. It’s almost like they took all of the waiting elements of every freemium game on the market and just went to 11 with it. It’s a ‘glorified’ waiting simulator, and that’s putting it nicely.
Okay, so that started off a bit harsh, but that’s mainly because I’m not really the audience for this game. The game does a lot of things right. The character creation options, for instance, are actually pretty good and allow you to create some pretty unique looking characters.
It’s a good setup because the entire game is about building up your character how you see fit, and I think that’s where the game is really strong. There is stat allocation, training, jobs you can do (different from missions), and a bunch of items that completely change the way you look after playing for a few hours.
The game is extremely light on actual gameplay mechanics, though. There are a few different types of missions, but they all generally consume time. Even the fight sequences are automatic and turn based. You can click on a mission and forget about it. Which I guess is something quite a few people enjoy doing, but it’s not really my cup of tea.
For what it wants to do, Hero Zero isn’t half bad. The art style is a little too, well, goofy for me, and I’m not a huge fan of the waiting mechanics. But there are definitely people who just like opening their phones, selecting a few actions, and shutting your phone off and this is what this game is great at.