What does it take to become a hero these days? I’m talking video games here by the way, not saving the life of a drowning child or some equally noble feat. You think virtual heroes, you think RPGs. Sure, RPGs are fun. But don’t you ever get bored of all that ‘grinding’, as the kids say? It seems to take ages to reach a new level, and when you do, you barely beat the boss, then next thing you know you’re back to the (very literal) grindstone. Well, if you’re like me and you find that stuff a little tedious and repetitive, but still enjoy leveling up your characters into unstoppable beasts, then there’s a little game here that you should probably know about. It’s called Tap Heroes, and it’s out now on iOS and Android.
I’ll come out and say it; I don’t think they’ll be a better suited RPG released on a handheld device than Tap Heroes. Why do I make such a bold statement? The answer is simple. Developer Vargatp Studios have combined the perfect amount of traditional RPG action with the contemporary handheld device format. They describe it as ‘Idle RPG’ which essentially means, hey, if you don’t want to do anything, the game will automatically play for you. This probably sounds dull, but it actually isn’t. There’s just the right amount of investment to engage with the game in short-term bursts. You can step in if you want and help your character out on the harder bosses, and indeed you’ll have to if you want to survive long-term.
But the genius part is, you can ignore the idle aspect completely if you want, and play the game as a fully-formed, fast and furious RPG hack-n’-slasher! Tapping on the enemies will rain blow after blow upon their heads, quickly dispensing with the onslaught of beasts thrust in your path. Tapping on your own character allows you to heal him, and in true RPG fashion you can bolster these two powers with boosts, exchanged for the gold coins that blossom from vanquished foes.
The design is remarkable for a handheld game of this nature, blending a nostalgic, old school feel with quirky character designs and an upbeat, 8-bit soundtrack straight out of Nintendo, circa 1987. There’s many levels to wade through, including jungles, forests, deserts and caves, as well as a slew of archetypal RPG pals to accompany you on your voyage. The game is offered for free to start with, but I’d recommend paying the small price to upgrade to the full package; if you’re a fan of action/adventurers or want to experience a new, smart type of RPG, Tap Heroes is one you won’t want to miss.