Heroes of Ruin

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Solid dungeon crawler with a focus on fantasy fighting.

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Educational Value

Heroes of Ruin wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

Themes of honor and courage emerge as the story progresses, but the bulk of the game is squarely focused on glamorized fantasy combat and treasure hunting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's heroes are a motley lot of skilled fighters, but they don't have much opportunity to reveal who they really are or what they might be thinking. Players can shape their personalities a little by accepting or refusing side quests and requests for help, but these characters tend to come off as mostly mute warriors who go where they're told and fight anyone who gets in their way. 

Ease of Play

The game's hack 'n' slash action is pretty straightforward. Players move with the circle pad and tap buttons to attack. Some functions are assigned to intuitive icons on the touch screen. Players cannot set the difficulty level to adjust for the ferocity of the beasts they face. Particularly tricky areas may force kids to join up with and seek out help from other players online.


Players take control of heroes who wield swords, magic, pistols, and other weapons as they fight a variety of fantasy characters, including goblins, demons, and devil-crabs. Action is presented from a raised, distant perspective. Enemies simply vanish once defeated. There are screams of pain, but no blood is seen in combat. However, old blood stains mark the floors of some dungeons.


Mild cuss words, including "hell" and "damn," appear in the game's text dialogue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heroes of Ruin is a dungeon-crawling role-playing game with lots of swords-and-sorcery fighting against fantastical creatures, but only a little blood. Its threadbare story doesn't offer much in the way of commentary or messages, and the game's heroes don't say much, preferring instead to let their weapons and magic do the talking. Parents should note that this is a rare 3DS title in which online play can become a major part of the experience, and that the game facilitates voice communication with strangers. Parents also need to remember that Nintendo is warning all parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.

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Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2012

Heroes Of Ruin

cool, butlots of fighting and use of hell and amn plus osccasional use of die
Teen, 15 years old Written byzanecapps14 May 7, 2016

Really fun hack and slash RPG

This game has a top down view and several different classes to choose from. it has a small amount of blood and minimal gore. You can play online with strangers... Continue reading

What's it about?

The action role-playing game HEROES OF RUIN begins with players creating a character -- you can choose between classes that specialize in swords, magic, pistols, and brawling -- before setting out on a quest to cure a cursed Ruinlord. But the story plays second fiddle to the action, a mix of hack 'n' slash dungeon crawling and treasure hunting. Players accept simple quests -- fetch this, kill that -- then set off to explore and battle their way through new areas teeming with monsters and demons, always keeping a lookout for better gear that will improve their character's stats. While the game can be completed alone, players are encouraged to journey in groups, either locally or online, which not only makes the adventure easier, but also increases the likelihood of finding better weapons and armor.

Is it any good?

While competent in design and free of glitches, there's not much that's meaningfully separates Heroes of Ruin from most other action-oriented RPGs. It tells a trite and predictable fantasy story, offers up run-of-the-mill melee combat, and delivers little in the way of memorable skills, abilities, and gear. Plus, its mildly cartoonish presentation is decidedly middling, featuring washed-out looking character designs, bland and blurry environments, and not nearly enough voiced dialogue. The ability to join up with other players online is a nice -- though not unique -- perk for a portable RPG. The promise of additional downloadable content has potential to add some new elements to the experience, but there's little here that will appeal to anyone beyond devoted fans of the genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy. What sort of wild and unbelievable things do you like to conjure up in your imagination? Have you ever considered putting them to paper in a story? What is it about fantasy that has made it an enduring human interest?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. What are some examples of appropriate things to talk about with strangers in online games? What might be considered inappropriate, or even dangerous?

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For kids who love role-playing and adventure

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