One Punch Man: The Road to Hero mobile game comes to us after the original manga and anime have grown incredibly popular and won the hearts of everyone worldwide. What started as a completely casual project to test out an animation tool by the creator of the series, has now grown into a worldwide phenomenon. However, despite its critical and commercial acclaim, One Punch Man has never transitioned into the mainstream filler series most franchises become, and instead chose a different path of telling its story to the best of quality. Thus, Season two of the comic books and the cartoons were three years in the making and only came out this year, in 2019, and now, we get a video game.
Development and reception
This title brought to us by OASIS GAMES, comes as a faithful representation of the source material, with cut scenes and voice cast adopted from the anime show. Also, the project was overseen by the creators of the phenomenon – the writer ONE and the illustrator Yusuke Murata. On the App Store, One Punch Man: The Road to Hero iOS already climbed to #7 in card games and has a 4.1-star rating. On Google Play, it still has to showcase any ratings. The game app is free to play on both platforms.
The narrative of this game closely follows the story from the original material. In fact, it enhances it by going deeper into the details the comic books and the cartoons have not yet covered. What this means is that it also delves into some periods in time not shown on the original material, like what happened throughout those three years Saitama trained. The gameplay will feature Saitama for sure, but it will also show other characters from the Hero Association during that time, since Crablante.
If you either watched the anime or read the manga, you know that Krablante was the first villain Saitama defeated. Saitama saved a little kid with an unusually large chin from him. What you may or may not have realized is that that kid was the son of a very rich man, who then, inspired by Saitama’s rescue, decided to form the Hero Association. However, as always, Saitama didn’t stick around to get the thanks or recognition and now, three years later, nobody knows about that, not even him.
Also, the storyline in The Road to Hero mobile game does include the events from One Punch Man specials and short bonus episodes. The very name of the game suggests we are going on a ride through Saitama’s ascension to becoming the unbeatable hero he later is, but we also jump to different points in time throughout the story, and follow other characters and what they were doing during some events we saw in the original source.
Although this title is often classified as a card game, it is actually a blend of a hero collector, turn-based strategy, RPG, and an adventure. The gameplay alone is divided between several aspects and the players are presented with an in-battle setting, but they can also move their characters one a map, similar to what some other titles go for. And, the story mode is also divided into chapters Saitama went through on his road to hero, which again follow the storyline presented in the manga and anime, but feature other characters and what they have done off-screen sort to say.
Furthermore, you collect your heroes from the manga and anime and also evolve and upgrade them as you progress through the game. Now, the entire out-of-combat portion is quite well thought out and organized. The UI is very user-friendly and the game features a lot of stuff to do with various types of resources and rewards. Players can also go on Random Stages, Clear All Chapters, Train Characters, change their Gear and Accessories, and much more.
Right off the bat, One Punch Man: The Road to Hero looks like a mobile game with the highest number of game modes and opportunities for players in a long time. However, at the center of it all is, of course, combat and it is done in a very familiar Summoners War kind of style. It is a turn-based setting with characters having abilities and special abilities all controlled fully by the player. There is also the option for Auto-Combat if you do not like taping your screen.
As with the game modes, this game’s appearance and graphics look extremely well. There hasn’t been a mobile game in a long time that had featured these types of models and rendering. In fact, One Punch Man mobile game looks better than the anime we dare say, perhaps… Of course, everything looks faithful to the original content, just polished up to perfection. And, the music is the same too…
OASIS GAMES managed to delight everyone with this fully licensed One Punch Man: The Road to Hero mobile game. Its looks, feeling, faithful representation of the original, and overall style of following the story worked incredibly well. As far as adaptations of comic books and cartoons to mobile games go, this one is among the best ever! It is bound to keep you engaged and entertained. We’ve had the series’ second season released earlier in 2019, and now this is the perfect thing to top it off.