I expected a different game when I first started playing Hero Siege. Here I was thinking it was an action RPG, you know, with quests and loot, but I guess it was the name that fooled me. Hero Siege is actually a fun, difficult but very, very addicting game that mixes RPG mechanics together with roguelike gameplay.
The game generates a random level for you, even though all of the levels are always large rectangles with randomly placed objects in it.
The enemies will come from the north, south, east and west and they come in waves. Defeat a wave and you'll have time to upgrade your stats and skills, find health orbs, find hidden dungeons or buy items. Or just idle, it's totally up to you. You can also find and unlock chests for more money and random items. And there are potions to be found as well, but they can have a negative effect as well as a positive effect. Same goes for shrines. In other words, there's plenty to be found in these, seemlingly small, levels.
After every fifth wave comes a boss fight, but because you'll have properly upgraded stats and items by then they're usually a piece of cake. Defeat the boss and you're awarded money and/or chests, a random item (these items are very similar to the ones found in The Binding Of Isaac) and a portal. Enter the portal and you'll enter the next area, with full health, and the game continues again, except with more and more difficult enemies this time around.
And after many, many waves you'll enter a new world. If you die you can start from there, but it's more difficult right from the start and you won't have any of your previously gathered items this time. Still, it can be done with a little practice.
That's pretty much what Hero Siege is all about.
The graphics aren't great; they're pixelated, especially in full screen and things can get a bit hectic with all the stuff that's going on but it's definitely better than 3D graphics. They just wouldn't fit the game. There's no voice acting except for a few phrases and the sounds consist mostly of little soundbites.
But that's not what's important here. The fact is that Hero Siege is a fabulous game that you desperately need to play. Trust me.
Posted: February 6th, 2014