Fire Emblem Heroes is the first Nintendo game for smartphones. Or at least, it is the first that was designed specifically for Android smartphones. Therefore, it is understandable that Nintendo spent a lot of time and money hyping the mobile game. However, does the game hold its own against other established mobile games?
Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play tactical role-playing game. It is a spin-off of the fire Emblem series, and it was released in February this year. Within the game, each player gets four characters, with distinct characteristics and abilities. Each hero’s world is connected through portals, which the main antagonist uses to enslave them. The objective of the game is to rescue these heroes from the antagonist.
Players are able to summon characters from the Fire Emblem series to battle opposing players, beginning on an 8×6 grid map. It’s basically a glorified game of rock-paper-scissors, combined with chess. This is because in a fight, each weapon is weaker than the next, and stronger than the third weapon. Sword beats axe, axe beats lance, lance beats sword. Also, you have to move from one square on the grid to the next by carefully planning your moves.
If you like tactical games, or anime-styled games, you’ll like Fire Emblem Heroes. It follows along with the good things about the Fire Emblem series, but this is adapted for mobile gaming. However, like almost all free games nowadays, there are levels you can’t pass without making some in-app purchases. This is becoming increasingly frustrating to a lot of people. However, if you don’ mind repeating the same level over and over again to gain orbs, then you can do that and progress to the next levels. And yes, this game does hold its own against some other established mobile games.
Fire Emblem Heroes is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is free to download, but remember, in-app purchases abound. So go check it out.