There have been numerous classic SEGA games ported to mobile lately, and as praised as they may be, the gaming audience is still hungry for something new from them. And, as those oldies are generally very well ported and adapted to touchscreen controlling system, SEGA has yet to incorporate the in-game currency purchase system on a large scale. Their games are usually either free or demand a certain price at the start, so there have been very few games that feature microtransactions and SEGA Heroes seems to be an attempt to do just that.
8-bit and 16-bit Story Telling
Besides SEGA’s awesome 8 to 16 bit gameplay and awesome music, those old classic games had memorable stories. The plot wasn’t always original, we will probably all agree on that, but their ideas were often on point. Oldies featured fun and often innovative story plots, like Earthworm Jim or Boogerman for instance, while they kept the gameplay easily accessible, insanely fun, and addictive as hell.
A good example is Sonic, SEGA’s trump card game, and its story plot. Sonic and Eggman were actually working together initially, in a laboratory, on the development of super speed. In a lab incident, Eggman, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, became infused with all the malice and evil energy stored and became what he was in the game series.
In SEGA Heroes, Eggman is again the main antagonist, and he has finally developed the ultimate weapon to conquer the world. You must gather a team of SEGA heroes and stop him.
So, this game is actually an omnibus and a tribute to all those classic games, as it features characters from many famous titles.
There are 24 unlockable characters from games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Shinobi, Super Monkey Ball, and many more.
This is a puzzle based action RPG genre combination, with an innovative take on the turn-based mechanics. You assemble your team of four selected heroes and fight in a turn-based arena fight, but instead of choosing abilities, as usual, you play a puzzle game simultaneously, with four available colors. Each of the colors corresponds with a specific character in your party, and if you score a combination of minimally 3 of the same color, that character will attack.
The aligned gems also give access to special moves and reviving fallen team members, depending on the number of aligned gems naturally. The progression through the game is already notoriously difficult, as the gameplay itself is pretty easy to pick up and highly addictive.
Sega Heroes is a good attempt at bringing some classic, quintessential games and characters to the notice of perhaps younger generations of gamers who only play mobile games. It features unique, innovative gameplay and is addictive. But, beyond this, the game doesn’t offer much in terms of a rewarding experience. Its gameplay is repetitive, as well as the music, and if you do not like simple time-killing games, it probably won’t keep yours for too long.