As part of its 15th year anniversary, the Digimon series has returned in full force with a new anime series and, most importantly, with a couple of console and mobile games to please its fans. It has been a while since we’ve seen something in the West, so everyone has high expectations about these games.
Digimon Heroes is the new mobile game of the series brought by Bandai Namco Entertainment and helps fans of all ages reminisce about their favourite digital monsters and enter alongside them several battles in order to save once more the digital world. Although promising, does it have what it takes to please the fans and newcomers to the series? Continue on reading to find out.
Welcome (and maybe back) to File Island, home to these creatures of various kinds called Digital Monsters – Digimon for short, and it is up to you, has the Digi-destined to help bring peace again to the Digital World as many threats are happening. It is time for you to assemble your team of digital friends and conquer evil once more in a approach that may seem odd but it actually works.
In Digimon Heroes, as you construct your team of Digimons of various elements, you have to gather 3 elements of the same type in your to power up your Digimon so they can perform an attack. That’s right, Digimon Heroes has a fast pace “puzzler” approach but trust me, it can keep up you entertained for hours.
After following the tutorial and you’re able to get the mechanics of how it works, your main goal will be divided in three aspects: survive, gather and convert. Survive the longest you can as you progress, keeping in mind that the enemies will become quite tough along the way, gather the most itens you can (whether it’s DigiBits, chips and more), and last but not least convert previous enemies into Digi-Eggs so they can join your side in future battles.
Per turn, you’ll have a set of card elements at your disposal and it is up to gather 3 cards of the same element, as mentioned before, but keep also in mind that you want to create chain attacks, so make sure that the remaining cards in your deck are enough to create another attack. As you tap 3 cards and prepare the attack, you’ll right away see if you were successful in creating a chain attack.
At the end of each level you’ll have a boss fight that usually is much tougher that the ones you have faced during that level. Here’s the time for your Digimon to shine by unlocking their special powers. By tapping each Digimon in your team (if they are all powered-up), they will aid you in various aspects (whether it is with a special healing power or raising your team’s defences) guaranteeing you a sure win against those fiends.
But what would be Digimon without using the powers of Digivolution? When you aren’t battling, it would wise to level up your team or even digivolve or even digifuse your Digimon (that’s where the itens you gather will become useful) to create a even stronger team.
The power of friendship is almost a mantra in the Digimon series and in Digimon Heroes is no exception. You can link your Facebook account or just find some DH online friends to help your battles and with that you’re able to get special rewards that you can use throughout the game.
There’s a lot to do in Digimon Heroes since you have 9 trials in File Island (each one has around 20 levels in average) and you also have access to special events that can test to the maximum your team’s skills.
The multiplayer aspect that you can find in the game is the fact that in each battle you face you’ll have a online friend (and its Digimon team leader) to help you although you can’t battle against your friends.
Battery and Performance
Perhaps the biggest downsides in Digimon Heroes are related to battery and performance, since it is highly dependable on an Internet connection, so be prepared for a reasonable battery consumption. Since you battle alongside your friends (whether from Facebook or not) and the results of a battle must be uploaded, if don’t have a proper connection, you may find yourself having to repeat the level you just beat because the game server wasn’t able to save. Here’s hoping that in a upcoming update this issue will be taking care of.
Despite of that, if you have a stable connection, the game will be quite enjoyable as you’re able to progress with no lags to hinder your gameplay.
Graphics and Sound
Although during gameplay there isn’t a lot of content to impress graphically, it is in the artwork, mostly in the character card collection where you can see the amount of work put on. It gives you a little throwback as the style used to draw the characters resembles previous games and it certainly is a nice touch.
The soundtrack does not stand off as it is composed by a couple of tracks that go with the ambience of the game and highlight important aspects of the game.
Ads and in-app purchases
Digimon Heroes does not have any type of ads although you’re able to make in-app purchases such get access to more of the premium currency called DigiMoney as well as bonus content that will help your team get even stronger.
Video of the game
Digimon Heroes is certainly a great game for fans to reminisce and even for newcomers that want to try something new. Its puzzler approach is quite enjoyable and can keep you entertained for many hours to come. Once they solve the connection issues and more, I’m pretty sure it will become a huge hit! So go on and try it but do you have what it takes to be a true Digi-destined?