Battle Heart, The Game Worth Every Penny!
The real time strategy genre is one of my favorites and while you have an endless array of platforms, puzzles, FPS and other genres on Android, a good RTS game is hard to find. If you are an RTS fan though, look no further, Battle Heart is just the game for you.
We’ll start with the gameplay since that is unquestionably the most vital part of an RTS game. Battle Heart puts you in command of a 4 man unit that has been tasked by the King to rid the land of evil monsters. The story is a generic one, but everything else about the game is top notch.
Like all RTS games, Battle Heart has a proper team development mode. By mode I am referring to the main screen of Battle Heart that allows you to customize your 4 man army in as much as detail as possible. Your first stop from the main menu will be the tavern. This is where you’ll recruit wizards (long range) and infantry (swordsmen, hand to hand fighters etc) to your cause. All characters have a strength and armor rating aswell as a Level rating and several inventory slots. The better the unit, the higher the recruitment price.
Once you’ve recruited your necessary units, you can head to the merchant to purchase more powerful inventory. You have basic weapons, armor and accessories such as a ring that boosts health during fights, you can view and equip your purchases in the armory and once you’re done fiddling around, head straight to battle!
Once you’re in a level, you can move units about, order them to attack (or perform an action on a friendly unit) by dragging from the unit to the desired area. The system works good enough but when you have a crowded battlefield with closely placed units, selecting the right one can be inaccurate. A select and tap method would have been more accurate in my opinion, but overtime this one is easy to get used to aswell and not really that hard to use once you get the hang of it. Each of your unit besides its normal attack has special moves aswell (1 special move unlocks for every 5 levels a character reaches) that can be used in battle to help you out. They range from falling meteorites to adrenaline boosts and group health bonuses.
The controls hardly take any time getting used to but the great thing is Battle Heart doesn’t go easy on you, you’ll find yourself getting comfortable with the game in a few levels and then the game bursts upon you with wave upon wave of enemies and you’ll need some serious strategizing skills to get through levels. Make no mistake, this might just be a mobile game, but its just as challenging as any normal PC RTS game and the touch interface makes it a lot more fun.
Character leveling and all the customization options add a lot of worth to the game as it won’t bore you with repeated levels and minimal functionality. You have over 30 levels to go through and tons of stuff to unlock that will keep you entertained.
That’s the gameplay side of things and now we’ll get to the visuals. To describe them in one word, Mika Mobile has nailed it with the visuals just as they have with the gameplay itself. The whole game has an air of quality to it with Age of Empires Online type visuals that look great on a mobile screen. On the battlefield you’ll get a real taste of what the visuals are like specially if you try landing a meteorite or two on your enemies. Suffice to say, if you have a good AMOLED smartphone, Battle Heart is going to light up your screen.
To round it off, Mika Mobile has made a truly wonderful game for Android. The visuals are spot on, gameplay is amazing with good mechanics and lots of customization and if you consider they are charging only $2.99 for Battle Heart, Its quite cheap for what you get. I only have two small problems with the game and they are: 1) The previously mentioned lack of accuracy with moving units. 2) The size. The game is over 40MB and you may have problems downloading it to older smartphones with smaller built in storage. It would have been better to have a small installation file that later downloads everything else over Wifi to your SD Card. That being said, Battle Heart is fantastic, definitely get it RTS fan or not.