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Catchy mechanics, comical art style, and relaxing gameplay
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This is a Hero Collection Role Playing Game, aka Gacha, which is one of the longest-lasting RPGs currently on the market, and for a reason. Its catchy mechanics, comical art style, and relaxing gameplay are what made it immensely popular over the last three and a half years.
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It was developed by mobile video game developer DHGAMES, and released on June 22nd, 2016. Ever since it was released, Idle Heroes got more than 10 million downloads on Google Play alone, where it currently holds 4.5 out of 5 stars rating with over 770 thousand user review scores. On the iTunes App Store, Idle Heroes currently has 4.8 out of 5 stars score with around 70 thousand votes. These numbers alone show that the game is still very popular among the gaming audience, even after nearly four years since its release.
This game really sticks to its name when it comes to the core gameplay. The word Idle is ever-present in many aspects of the game, and in a good way to be honest. Unlike many other Hero Collection RPGs in which you have to farm some specific missions to oblivion, Idle Heroes allows you to send your heroes on a mission, even while you’re offline. They will be able to fight for several hours, and once you’re back, you can obtain all of the goodies that they collected while fighting. This is especially good for casual gamers since they can simply log into the game during their daily breaks and still be able to progress normally.
Other than that, combat itself also plays out automatically. Once you start a battle, your heroes will fight the enemy without requiring any input from the player. This sounds fairly simple, right? Well, not quite. Since each of the heroes possesses one active and up to three passive skills, and their usage is determined based on many factors (their position in combat, their class, faction, enemy positioning, health percentages, etc.) it is imperative to set up your heroes optimally. This means placing some tanky characters in the front line since they will likely be the ones taking most of the incoming damage, and putting your squishy damage dealers in the back, allowing them to unleash their devastating attacks upon the enemies while protected by the front liners.
As for the Hero Collection part, this is another area where the game delivers. It has hundreds of different heroes available for players to obtain, and these are divided into six different factions. Each of these is strong against one faction while being weak against another. This ensures that every single hero in the game can be countered by some other hero, which is good for overall balance.
There are several ways of obtaining characters in Idle Heroes. Most notably, this can be done by summoning. There are three different ways of summoning heroes, Basic Summon, Heroic Summon, and Friendship Summon. Basic Summon is the most common way of obtaining heroes. To do this, you need to have a Basic Summon Scroll. These are easily obtained from Campaign, Tavern Quests or Marketplace. While the Basic Summon can award heroes with quality ranging from 1 to 5 stars, the chances of obtaining 4 or 5-star characters this way are abysmally low. However, Heroic Summons will grant you 3 to 5-star heroes, and it has much higher chances of granting better characters. Also, there is a Friendship Summon. Instead of scrolls, these summons require using Hearts you can obtain from your friends. Each day, you can send and receive Hearts from every single one of your friends, and this can be done with just a few simple clicks. The quality of heroes obtained this way goes from 2 to 5 stars, so it is somewhere between Basic and Heroic Summons.
Other than summons, heroes can also be obtained via the Prophet Tree. By using a special currency called Prophet’s Orb, players can obtain 4 or 5-star heroes as well as 4 or 5-star hero shards. Hero shards can also be used to acquire heroes. There are specific hero shards, faction hero shards, and general hero shards. Upon getting a certain number of these shards, players can use them to obtain a hero. It is also worth noting that some heroes can be acquired during certain in-game events. Some of the most powerful heroes can be obtained this way, and completing these events can be very rewarding.
As for the game content itself, it has plenty to offer. The Campaign mode is available from the start, and by progressing through it, players will be able to obtain more resources while their heroes are idly farming. Other than Campaign, players can progress through the Tower of Oblivion. This tower contains hundreds of layers, and progressing through it will grant players some useful rewards, mainly Gold and Hero Promotion Stones. There is also a Brave Trial, which allows players to progress through 15 stages in order to gain some unique rewards. Heroes’ health won’t be replenished between these stages, which makes this game mode fairly challenging. Players can also occasionally take part in Aspen Dungeon. Here, they can pick up to five heroes, and they will fight waves after waves of enemies. The catch is, only one of the heroes is able to fight at the time, and similar to Brave Trial, in Aspen Dungeon heroes won’t recover health between battles.
Idle Heroes also has Arena, for all those interested to participate in some Player versus Player action. Winning battles in Arena will increase the player’s rating. Based on their rating, they will receive various rewards each day, and every few weeks, ratings will reset, and each player will be given rewards based on the rating they managed to obtain.
To be completely honest, this game is very addicting. Battles are fun to watch, some powerful hero abilities feel very satisfying, and progressing through the game feels very rewarding. The music in the game fits very well in the entire setting. While not in battle, music will be very relaxing, and will nicely complement the whole “idle” feel. While in combat, music will add up to the overall atmosphere by having a much more serious tone. Also, some of the powerful hero skills have very unique sounds tied to them. After playing for a while, you will instantly become familiar with these sounds, and they’ll greatly add up to the overall feel. All in all, the atmosphere is likely one of the best parts of Idle Heroes, and the developers definitely hit the mark when it comes to this aspect of the game.
The term “less is more” can to some degree apply to this aspect of the game. Graphics are relatively simplistic but very colorful. The art style is rather cartoony but in a good way. All of the characters are nicely drawn, and each of them looks very unique and interesting. There aren’t many eye-straining animations or explosions present in the game. Rather than that, most of the skill animations are fairly simple, but very much on point. After all, many other games feature hundreds of groundbreaking explosions and flames bursting from everywhere every time a hero uses an ability. In Idle Heroes, things are much more simple, but in a positive way. Every building, every character, everything feels very cartoony, and hats off to the developers for making it that way.
This is another aspect where the game truly shines. Since the game’s graphics are fairly simple, the technical requirements for it are pretty low. Android users will be able to play Idle Heroes as long as they have at least an Android 4.3 compatible device. In other words, this is way lower than most other games of the genre. As for iOS, the minimum requirement is an iOS 8.0 compatible device. The game itself runs pretty nicely on most of the supported devices, and after more than three and a half years, the developers fixed plenty of bugs and optimized their game very well.
This, perhaps, is one of the reasons why some of the user scores for the game are negative. If you plan to play Idle Heroes as a free to play player, there are some things you should keep in mind. Firstly, the game is almost four years old. This means that there are hundreds of heroes available in the game, and obtaining most of those will be quite a difficult task if you plan to start it as a completely F2P player. Secondly, the game features a VIP system present in many modern mobile games. This system grants you various bonuses and rewards if you decide to spend some money, so in other words, going fully F2P will be quite challenging, to say the least. Thirdly, some of the most powerful heroes are either gated behind complete RNG of summons or by Events that are not too easy to complete for a free to play player.
Still, the game does have some good sides. Every now and then, brand new servers are being released. These servers allow new players to have a fresh start, without having to compete with players that played the game since the beginning. To top things off, the developers often give various extra rewards for players who decide to start on one of these new servers. These rewards can make it much easier to progress as a free to play player, and it’s evident that the developers want to encourage new players to play their game. All in all, you can definitely play Idle Heroes as a completely F2P player, but as mentioned before, it will take you a while to reach the endgame and collect some of the most powerful heroes.
All things considered, this is one of the most fun Hero Collection Role-Playing Games. The battle system, the cartoony graphics, the heroes themselves,… all of it fits very nicely into the mix, which is the reason why it is one of the most popular Gachas on the market.
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Here is the part when we get a bit more in-depth. We compiled a list of useful guides, tips, and tricks that will help you throughout your gaming journey and hopefully make it more fun and easy! Enjoy!
In Idle Heroes, it is possible to obtain various skins that will allow players to change the appearance of certain heroes and increase some of their combat attributes. This guide should help you understand how to obtain skins. Skins were introduced with the Celestial Patch that was released on November 24th, 2017. Ever since then, many additional skins were added to the game. One way of obtaining them is via Universal Skin Shards. You can acquire those by defeating Celestial Island bosses after upgrading the Watch Tower to level 11. Another way to get skins is by participating in the events. Sometimes, the events will have certain skins as rewards, and doing them is a nice way to get skins. Also, occasionally you can get skins from certain packs in shop, so that is another way of obtaining them.
Regression is a system that allows players to regress an enabled hero and get several 5-star copies of the hero in question. This guide will explain how to Regress a hero. You can do so from the Hero Enabling tab on the Hero screen. Once there, you’ll need to click on the Convert button and then on the Regression button. In order to Regress a hero, you will need some Soul Symbols. The Regression window will display the results of a Regress, so once you are sure you want to commit to it, simply click on the Regression button.
Hero Fusion is a feature that allows you to combine several heroes in order to create one, more powerful one. This guide will explain how to fuse heroes. You can do it using the Creation Circle building. Once there, you can choose the faction of the hero you want to fuse. Then, you pick the specific hero you want to fuse. After that, the interface will display all of the heroes you need to use in order to fuse the desired hero. Bear in mind that once you fuse a hero, all of the required heroes will be used up in the process.
Soul Stone Shards are used as a currency for purchasing heroes from the Altar. This guide will explain how to get the Soul Stones. In order to do so, you’ll need to disassemble heroes in the Altar. However, only 3-star heroes or higher will award the Soul Stone Shards. You will get 10 Soul Stone Shards for each 3-star heroes you Disassemble, 25 from 4-star heroes, 250 from 5-star heroes, and 1250 from 6-star heroes. Bear in mind that this process cannot be reversed, so once you disassemble a hero, it will be gone for good.
Horus is one of the most powerful heroes from the Shadow faction. This guide will explain how to get Horus in Idle Heroes. Like most other heroes, Horus can be summoned via Basic Summon, Heroic Summon, and Friendship Summon. However, chances of obtaining him are very low using any of these methods. Another way of obtaining Horus is via the Prophet Tree. Once there, you can use Prophet Orbs on Shadow faction, and with some luck, you will end up getting Horus. Other than that, you can use the Replace Hero option in the Prophet Tree. This way, you can replace some of the heroes you don’t need and if you’re lucky, you can get Horus. Lastly, Horus can sometimes be obtained by purchasing certain packs or as a reward from the events.
Garuda is one of the strongest Forest heroes in the game. This guide will explain how to get Garuda in Idle Heroes. As with most other heroes, Garuda can be acquired from the summons. It is possible to get her from Basic, Heroic, and Friendship Summons. Unfortunately, this method is not the most reliable one. Thankfully, you can get Garuda from the Prophet Tree. She can be obtained both via Prophet Orbs and Replace Hero option. Also, you can sometimes get Garuda by purchasing certain packs from the shop. Lastly, Garuda can be sometimes obtained from events, so keep an eye out for those.1 2