The bar has clearly been raised in the world of iPhone and iPod Touch gaming and it doesn?t seem like anyone is willing to let it drop back down. Hero of Sparta is no exception to this new level of quality and offers up some amazing arcade style action and adventure game play for you to fight your way through.
Hero of Sparta is a 3D action adventure game where you take the role of King Argos in an attempt to defy the gods. When playing the game, you might find it feeling slightly familiar if you?ve played Kroll before, but besides both games feeling like the developers played a lot of God of War first, these games are completely different. Hero of Sparta offers a full 360 degree environment thanks to the control stick on the left hand side of the screen. You can really move all around and considering your enemies will be doing the same, you?ll have to follow. On the right hand side of the screen you?ll be able to either attack or defend. Once you beat the first level you can actually do a power move by dragging the defend icon into the center of the screen when you have enough energy.
The game offers up 8 different levels for you to fight your way through. Each level has a series of health and energy power ups that you?ll need to find to fully complete each level. They aren?t hidden completely out of sight but it is easy to miss them occasionally. There are also 5 different weapon upgrades for you to wield in this game. Each one has a different advantage and weakness to the other ones. The developers have allowed for a quick switch between the items by pressing the button on the top right of the screen.
This game is a really great time, it just has a few issues that you might not enjoy. First off, if there are too many enemies on the screen the game will lag a bit. Nothing awful, but definitely noticeable. This issue can be solved killing your enemies instead of letting them all spawn at once to beat you up. The second issue is that while there are cool finishing moves that you can do against your enemies, your character will default to using his original weapon combination to do so. This is more of a let down as it would look much cooler if they changed per weapon. The last problem with this game is the controls. While moving around the level is very easy to do, trying to change a direction will fighting is near impossible. You have to finish off your swing before you can move your direction, making it hard to switch between multiple targets without using your special attack. This doesn?t ruin the game, but it does take away from the fun that most action adventure games bring to the table. If you liked Kroll, God of War, or any other hack and slash game in the past few years, you?ll love Hero of Sparta.