A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While play involves some very mild fantasy violence, the game’s themes run along the lines of protecting the ones you love and opposing evil. There’s nothing too deep here, but there are themes of death and loss which might bother younger players.
Positive Role Models
Our heroes are clearly good and righteous nobles and warriors. They display love for their comrades, and selflessly fight to keep the world safe from invading demons.
Ease of Play
The strategy is wholly unique, which might make it a bit intimidating for those looking for something familiar. However, it takes only a few minutes to learn the rules, and you can replay the brief tutorials whenever you like. What’s more, the choice between button-based or touch-screen based controls lets players adopt the type of interface with which they are most comfortable.
Violence & Scariness
The action is very mild. Tiny sprite-based characters rush from the bottom screen to the top or vice versa, ramming any enemies they may come in contact with along the way and causing them to disappear. Some of these miniscule warriors hold weapons, including bows and swords, but never actually use them. Slightly more concerning are the detailed, anime-style still images shown during narrative scenes in which can be seen scary demons and dead heroes. No blood or gore is present.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters are dressed in provocative clothing that reveals cleavage, and a few lines of text reference sexual words, such as “succubus.”
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Products & Purchases
This game is the latest in a long line of strategy games sold under the popular Might & Magic banner.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is a fantasy strategy game with no graphic violence, though some of the still images used to progress the story show dead heroes (without blood) and scary demons. The story has players taking on the role of plainly good characters who are attempting to protect the land and those they love from an encroaching evil; nothing too deep, but also nothing particularly concerning. Parents should note, though, that the game’s text dialogue is sophisticated and that the narrative contains some dark and sad themes including death and loss. It is not intended for younger children.
Is It Any Good?
Clash of Heroes has a wonderfully simple and accessible design. The basics take mere minutes to learn, but the tactics grow deeper as the game progresses, thanks to a variety of ways in which to link attacks, defend from enemy advances, and a steady stream of new unit types with varying abilities, such as being able to leap over enemy walls or cause damage to your foe’s supply of magical energy. Plus, the pacing is spot-on for Nintendo’s portable platform. The role-playing elements are quick and free of clutter while most of the battles tend to last just long enough to play during a bus ride or in bed before falling asleep. One of the best strategy games of the year, it’s a surefire bet for strategy lovers, fantasy fans, and puzzle game players.
Online interaction: A local wireless mode that supports both single-card and multi-card play lets friends battle each other.
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