Battleheart – An Incredibly Enjoyable Single Player Fantasy Role Playing Game!
Jul 19, 2011 12:40 PM –
Battleheart. A unique blend of charming art, simple controls and surprising depth! Create a unique party of heroes, and lead them in frantic real-time battles against monsters of ever increasing power. Lay waste to your foes with dozens of unique special powers as you gain experience, upgrade your party’s equipment, and craft them into the ultimate battle force!
Tested on: Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Pros & Cons:
- Incredibly fun party based fantasy role playing game!
- Incredible graphics in the style of Castle Crashers in full HD!
- Allows full customization of party members through the Tavern and Academy!
- Buy, sell, and upgrade items in the game through the merchant and armory!
- Every hero has it’s own set of unique abilities!
- Discover new monsters and powers as you progress through the game!
- Store old heroes for later use in the keep!
- No multiplayer, only single player.
- Levels take place on one screen with no in-level progression. No portrait mode for game play.
Battleheart is a single player fantasy role playing game for Android. In Battleheart you control a party of magical adventurers fighting against the evil hordes. There are multiple playable characters as well as a merchant shop, a tavern for hiring new party members, a keep to hold your party, and an academy to learn new skills and abilities.
The game starts with two people in your party; the Priestess and the Knight. In the first mission you learn basic combat and healing skills. In order to engage in combat with another character you must drag your character to the enemy you wish to fight. Likewise to heal another character you drag your finger from the healer to the healing target. This finger dragging system is the basic controls of the game.
There is also an aggro system in place similar to many MMORPG’s. The way aggro works in Battleheart is that enemy units will always attack the nearest active unit, unless they are attacked first by another. The exception to this rule is that attacks from knights supersede all other characters attacks on the aggro table. So when your caster is in a jam, just send a knight in to love tap the enemy and the goblin will be the knight’s for life.
The other characters that I have discovered in the game are the Mage, the Rogue, the Witch, and the Barbarian, the Minstrel, and the Black Knight. Each character has their own unique abilities. The Witch comes with a bat attack that does strong focused damage, the Barbarian comes with a newer ability, and and the Rogue comes with an armor piercing attack. The object of the game is to compose a perfect party for each new challenge and to progress slowly through the various levels and world’s.
Extra heroes can be purchased within the tavern for a modest amount of gold. Since only four heroes are allowed in the party all of the extra heroes are stored in the keep. As a reward for each completed level you will gain experience, items, and gold in order to further customize your heroes.
Combat is very straightforward using the click and drag controls I outlined earlier. The fights get harder and harder as you progress through the game and require you to further upgrade and customize your own. Many times a rogue will have to tank for a brief period of time because the warrior will be tied up. The boss fights are extremely hard and require focus and good party management to complete. If you do not use your parties special abilities you will never succeed in boss fights.
In order to conquer the more difficult challenges in the game you will have to upgrade and teach your characters new abilities at the Academy. There you will be able to learn new skills like Cleave and the Priestess’ bubble shield which become very important for game progression. New skills are unlocked by leveling up your characters, but must be learned at the Academy.
Finally, you can sell and upgrade your items at the Merchant and Armory. The merchant is the section of the game exclusively devoted to selling and purchasing items. The Armory is the area devoted to upgrading and equipping armor and weapons. These areas of the game are straightforward and mirror other fantasy role playing games.
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Battleheart Gameplay 1
Battleheart Gameplay 2
Battleheart Game Play 3
Battleheart Gameplay 4
Battleheart Main Menu
Battleheart Saved Games
Battleheart Level Select
Battleheart Level Complete
Battleheart Knight Abilities
Battleheart Special Ability
Battleheart is extremely fun to play. The game play is challenging, and not excessively difficult. I think the largest contributing factor to my enjoyment of the game was the atmosphere. The game felt very much like the exciting platformer Castle Crashers for Xbox 360, which had numerous unique enemies for each stage, and a very enjoyable combat system.
Battleheart is definitely an addictive game. The combat system and party customization lends a lot to this aspect of the game. The only feature that detracted from the games addictiveness is the format of the levels. You did not progress from one area to another within a level. Instead each level was played in a single zone which was composed of a single backdrop encompassing a single screen.
If the levels were more in the style of a platformer I think it would be much harder to put this game down. As it is I play Battleheart in spurts when I am bored. It is one of those games I keep finding myself going back to.
The graphics in Battleheart are spectacular! They are in the exact same style as Castle Crashers for the Xbox 360, and give a humorous tint to the game play. All of the characters are in high definition and feel hand drawn. Graphically this game is perfect, it could just use more expansive levels to give it more of an action feel.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
Battleheart makes no use of the accelerometer or of vibration. The incorporation of a portrait mode for game play would be nice, but is not a necessity for this game. The soundtrack and effects are excellent and add significantly to the humorous and adventurous feel of the game.
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