Heroes of Kalevala HD

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Challenging puzzle game based on Finnish mythology.

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Ease of play

Heroes of Kalevala can be quite difficult at times. Players must finish a level before time runs out, navigate tricky power-ups like ice and chain blocks, and deal with black ooze that can spread across the entire board if not contained.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Heroes of Kalevala HD is a challenging but fun and unique match-3 puzzle game and building sim that is very loosely based on the Finnish epic poem "The Kalevala." Players guide a group of settlers fleeing to the promised land of Kalevala while being pursued by an evil witch. In between puzzle levels, players can customize four different villages with buildings and decorations. Various characters from the poem appear with special abilities to use in the puzzle levels. While this is a review of the iPad version with higher definition graphics, there is also an iPhone/iPod version called Heroes of Kalevala.

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HEROES OF KALEVALA's unique twists -- hero characters, Finnish theme, and building sim aspects -- helps it stand out a little more in the sea of match-3 puzzle games. Given the important place of  "The Kalevala" in Finnish literature, it's a shame that more of the story wasn't woven into the gameplay; but players who are interested in learning more can follow the link from the game's menu screen to read the text of the full poem online.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:September 18, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:10tons Ltd
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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