After the first Hello Hero got over 20 million downloads up to date, the Korean developer Fincon obviously considered a sequel. Recently, Fincon obtained an investment which allowed them to Showcase their new game. The reason for such a success of Hello Hero, it’s probably the different path the game took design wise comparing to the rest of the similar games in the market. As modern games tend to get darker and grittier, Hello Hero went the opposite direction and became one of the most adorable games ever. The biggest factor that will make you go “awww” is the myriad of recruitable monsters and the ability to sway bad guys on your side.
The story in this game takes place 15 years after the original game. The background for Hello Hero games is a monster black world that’s troubled by demon worshiper, and therefore in dire need of heroes to put things right. A lot of heroes, preferably led by you.
Your party travels across several maps with marked battlefields. Once you cross into a battlefield your Heroes line-up on the bottom left, while enemy troops are placed across the screen on the upper right. When the battle begins, your Heroes trade attacks automatically, although you could control special skills, party buffs or heals. Each skill has a cooldown so timing is very important.
The victory earns gold and items, which can be used for upgrading your Heroes and recruiting new Heroes. However, recruitment of new units is tedious and takes a lot of grinding if you’re not willing to pay for it. That is probably the biggest flaw of this game. Your party can contain up to five heroes only, but it’s very important to have additional heroes to fuse with your active heroes and make them stronger.
It’s understandable that players are not so willing to grind in this game since Hello Heroes utilizes a stamina/energy system. However, this game is very generous with refills so running out of both stamina and energy may never become a problem, at least early in the game. This generosity, together with addictive battle mechanics, is the reason you will stick to this game. The enemies are also adorable and well animated, but also very fun to slay.
This sequel brought a lot of new features to the game, including over hundreds of Heroes to collect and train, more than 1000 quests, and 300 missions and side-missions for all the heroes. There are also co-op game modes, PvPs, World Boss Raids and many others. But there is more because each hero can be customized with additional costume parts, like hats, glasses, wings, and many others. The sequel added some diversity in battle conditions, which causes the players to have different team combinations of heroes.
Although this game suffers from some traditional free to play games downsides, it is still one of the most charming and feel-good games in the current mobile market, which is the good enough reason to spend some time playing it.