May 8, 2014
Song of Hero is a rhythm RPG, a combination between rhythm games like Guitar Hero, and a role-playing game. The player needs to organize a 4-man battle band that fights against various monsters. The battle consists of several phases, as heroes and the monster take turns attacking and using special abilities – but for player, the task is always the same – just hit all upcoming beats on time, as they reach the end of their lanes. Although the outcome greatly depends on the player’s accuracy, it’s still possible to fail the battle if the monster isn’t beaten by the end of the playing song. The songs are about a minute and a half long, and although I couldn’t name a single performer, each one of the songs was of a good quality.
The band is composed of the member cards that can be purchased with special tickets, or unlocked after beating an enemy. Member cards can be exchanged, or be spent to upgrade another member card. There is also a number of special items that can increase the hero’s level or improve his stats. There are several stats each hero has: health, defense, attack, group and special ability. The first three are added together, resulting in the band’s total defense, attack and health. If there are several heroes from the same group in a band, the band gets a booster, like bonus health or attack. Special abilities charge and activate during the respective battle phase, and can heal, block or deal damage, or have some sort of different effect.
Song of Hero is free-to-play, so there are some annoying limitations, the most obvious of which is the energy that is required to play the levels, and is refilled over time. There’s an option, which probably becomes a requirement after a while, to replay levels in order to get more stars for the mission, as there are special awards that are granted for that, as well as bonus experience and gold. Overall, this game is a well-done continuation of the Band-Hero franchises and their descendants. To be fair, the concept is too good for a free-to-play implementation, and the graphics aren’t that impressive, but the game is certainly unusual and fun.
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