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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Review of "Heroes: the official mobile game"

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Heroes: the official mobile game, is created by Gameloft, who has a pretty good record creating tie-in games to existing properties. Their game for "Live Free or Die Hard" (i.e. Die Hard 4.0) is quite good and a lot of fun. With Heroes, they got permission from the production team to create auxiliary stories that allow you to participate in some events in the Heroes universe that are hinted at but never shown, or only shown in brief. Fitting seamlessly into season 1, the result is a satisfying mobile game that's simple enough to play, and not extremely frustrating.

You'll play through several chapters as different characters, as the game takes on different personalities / genres.

When playing as Niki, the game is a beat-em-up like Street Fighter. Fun part is you can also pick up weapons and use them, as well as picking up objects and throwing them. Tables can be trashed. Cabinets can be thrown. Niki also has her special "extreme attack" that just kills everybody onscreen... if you can fill up her special power gauge.

Hiro, on the other hand, can slow down time to get past some extreme puzzles like laser triplines and guards and cameras, while push mirrors to get past other obstacles and traps. He's sneaking into the Linderman archives in order to locate the sword he needed. Obviously, the power is not infinite, so you need to save it for the times he REALLY need it.

And finally, you get to play as Peter, who can fly a bit, and at the end, fight Sylar in the showdown (albeit a bit extended for game reasons).

The view is sort of between "top down" and 3/4 view, roughly speaking. The sprites are a bit small but in true console fashion the portrait and dialog appear on the top. Writing is spot on, though Hiro did say too much Yataaaa! On easy level, the game can be somewhat frustrating at the later beat-em-up levels, but it is passable after a bit of practice.

All in all, the tie-in feels quite tight and unforced, and certainly adds to the Heroes lore. Highly recommended for any Heroes fan, and there are a lot out there.
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