Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Capybara Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capybara Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 30, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

With all these various elements of strategy in play, you'll have plenty of great options to noodle with during combat. However, Capybara Games didn't merely settle for a strong foundation. The developer has created a myriad of incredibly entertaining scenarios and boss encounters that will push players to dig deep into their mental toolsets. Sometimes the focus isn't simply on defeating an enemy hero, but rather unlocking doors or freeing someone from a cage. Constantly being forced to use what you've learned in new and creative ways keeps the experience feeling fresh from start to finish.

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In addition to story-driven objectives, you can pick up bounties, as well as take on puzzle challenges that require you to defeat your enemy in a single turn. Though these little extras are optional, most folks will likely find them a necessary means to leveling up their units in order to successfully take on the tougher challenges that lie ahead.

Clash of Heroes is one of the most exciting new games we've come across in recent years, but we must also issue these words of warning: It can be very tough at times. Things start out simple enough, and the mechanics are easy to understand. However, a level cap on units means you can't simply grind until you're powerful enough to overwhelm enemies, and the randomness of the battlefield can be both fun and frustrating. No quarter is shown here by the game makers, and each and every battle past the first campaign will be hard fought. This, of course, means that each and every victory feels incredibly satisfying. Players are forced to think outside the box, often making magic (or wit) more valuable than might, so to speak.

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It doesn't hurt that Clash of Heroes is lovingly gift wrapped inside a beautiful presentation. The overworlds are varied nicely, with tons of gorgeous detail, though battlefields are, understandably, a bit plain. Conversation stills are both pretty to look at and highly functional in terms of understanding dialogue, and the character sprites are extremely well crafted.

We especially appreciated the game's aural complements. It's not often you enjoy or even notice hearing text scroll, but such minor details add to the game's high level of polish. Themes make an exciting backdrop to the story and battles, and there are many subtle additions that help fortify the adventure.

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And that's really what Ubisoft and Capybara Games have given DS owners - a true adventure. The story isn't merely an excuse to play through endless battles; there's an intriguing tale being told, in spite of a few silly lines of dialogue here and there. At the heart of Clash of Heroes, though, is an incredibly refreshing take on already existing gameplay mechanics. The developers mix things up in playful, devilish ways, and they do it for 30+ hours. Tack on single and multi-card multiplayer, and folks are getting an amazing amount of bang for their buck here.

With that being said, this isn't necessarily a game for everyone. Clash of Heroes is inviting at first, but the challenge eventually ramps up to a seemingly brutal level of difficulty that will draw a line in the sand between casual players and diehard strategy fans. If you're of the latter group, then this latest entry into the Might and Magic lore is an absolute must-buy.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
The game isn't pushing any technical boundaries on DS, but it sure does look pretty.
4.0
Control
You can use the stylus, buttons, or a combination of both to control all elements of gameplay, which is great. Touch-screen controls can seem a bit finicky at first, but it's very satisfying once you get the hang of it.
4.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great themes and musical transitions; excellent sound effects.
4.7

Play Value
The five campaigns make for a huge journey that melds together seamlessly. There's tons of variety, and the challenges are truly refreshing. Single and multi-card multiplayer round out the package nicely, but there's no online component.

4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Epic Fantasy Adventure: Storyline set in Might & Magic universe, prequel to best-selling Heroes V title.
  • Innovative Dual-Screen Gameplay: Accessible & highly addictive gameplay, offering a fresh spin on the turn-based battle system - only possible on NDS.
  • RPG Elements offer Depth: Recruit new heroes, collect artifacts, and learn new spells as you traverse the world of Ashan.


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