The gaming world had always been extremely bountiful when it comes to new types of games and genres you can enjoy. In fact, the choice had never been so massive as in the last few years. However, in that sometimes confusing multitude of choices, there are always a couple of gaming genres that naturally stand out with their immense popularity and the infectious quality of their gameplay. Although different gamers prefer different things, there is no doubt that two of the most popular genres in our modern era of gaming are certainly MOBA and Battle Royale games, and it doesn’t seem that will change anytime soon. Except for huge popularity, these two genres supposedly don’t have much in common. At least that was largely the case until guys from a renowned Chinese company called Snail Games came up with the clever idea to merge two completely different game concepts in one surprisingly well-balanced whole. The result is Survival Heroes, a groundbreaking mobile MOBA & Battle Royale game which seamlessly unites two genres, becoming something much greater than just a mere sum of its parts, a unique gaming gestalt which is bound to set new standards for both genres and inevitably spawn scores of imitations and rip-offs.
Of course, you can’t just combine two things and hope for the best. You have to possess a deep understanding of both parts, and the know-how to pull it off so that both players of MOBA and Battle Royale games can almost instantly start playing without spending too much time on adapting to the new game mechanics. Thankfully, an experienced developer such as Snail Games knew just what to do, so even players with comparatively little gaming experience will soon get the hang of it. The game starts with the simple character creation process set in a comfy and warm interior of something resembling a medieval tavern. Currently, you can choose your gender and customize the look of your character to your liking with several types of basic outfit. After that, you’ll have to go through Novice Trials, which is nothing more than a simple tutorial which should familiarize you with the fundamentals of the gameplay. Basically, all you have to know is that you’ll control the movement of your character with your left hand using the floating joystick, while your right hand is reserved for attacks and activation of different skills.
After that, you’ll find yourself in a position familiar to all gamers who played and Battle Royale game: floating mid-air and surveying from the dizzying bird’s-eye perspective the view of your future battleground, but with a difference that you’re being carried by a proper steampunk styled airship. Naturally, as in most Battle Royal games, you’ll be able to choose the landing location which appeals the most to you and boldly skydive with the help of a parachute. You’ll be forgiven if you think that you’ve landed in a wrong game because what had started as a more or less typical Battle Royale experience will pretty soon transform itself in a something more akin to MOBA games, at least as far as typical isometric perspective and game mechanics are concerned. And that’s exactly one of the greatest qualities of Survival Heroes: at the same time it’s a proper Battle Royal game where you’ll face 99 other players until there’s only one player (or team) left standing, but you’ll do it in a true fantasy MOBA fashion.
Your first goal will be to find some equipment and weapons, so you’ll rummage through your immediate surroundings in search of loot until you come across another player. The combat is truly spectacular, with mechanics directly derived from MOBA style games. You’ll engage your enemies, trying to find a balance between your basic attacks and different special attacks and other abilities which are usually far more powerful but have a cooldown period. Now, you’ll undoubtedly notice that your character generation process is limited only to your physical appearance, and you won’t able to choose your class or role. That’s because your class will change whenever you pick a different type of weapon. You’ll be able to strategize a lot, act on spur of the moment and experiment with different types of equipment until you find something that suits your particular situation and challenge you’re currently facing. That also means that you won’t have to limit yourself to a specific class, but will be able to try several in the course of a single gaming session – both things greatly contribute to special kind of dynamism and generate considerable suspense, because your opponents will use tricks and tactics of their own and certainly won’t give you any quarter. The tactical scope, at least when inventive ways to exterminate your opponents are concerned, is additionally enhanced by the fact that you won’t just be limited to fantasy weapons. Although the game takes place in fantasy medieval setting with a distinct steampunk flair, luckily the developers weren’t so particular about it, so in addition to a wide range of traditional weapons like swords, axes, bows, magic staffs, and others, you’ll have the chance to lay your hands on some pretty futuristic looking pieces. Developers mention that the game currently supports almost 30 different weapons, so considering that each one will grant you its own special abilities, the ways you’ll be able to develop your character and adapt it to your particular playstyle are practically limitless.
In addition to a basic one-on-one game where you’ll face 99 other solo players, you’ll also be able to try beat everyone in the co-op mode, in teams up to four players. All in all, Survival Heroes currently represent a unique blend of two immensely popular gaming genres – Battle Royale and MOBA – which is by itself enough to propel it far above other titles that share similar characteristics. The game uses almost every trope that these two genres offer, but with a funny and clever twist which affords a unique freshness to the whole experience. Another mastery of this phenomenal game lies in the fact that this particular combination of two seemingly unrelatable genres is done in such a natural and clever way, that not only it doesn’t seem confusing at all, but it begs the question why someone hasn’t come up with it before – it’s that good! On top of everything, gorgeous visuals will make your survivalist escapades seem even more spectacular and fantastic.