Galaxy of Heroes isn’t new, but it’s not bad either
|Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Review|
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AS Exclusive Review Summary
- Presents a simple but enjoyable game with somewhat tactical combat
- Lots of Star Wars everywhere
- Uses a framework that will be familiar to folks who play lots of freemium stuff
- Enemies avoid damage way more often than player characters
Not Such a Long Time Ago
There have been a few different freemium games based off of the Star Wars license, all of which are pretty much what you’d expect – although probably a little less cynical. And while Galaxy of Heroes may not take the concept of a free mobile game set in a galaxy far, far away to new heights, it can be quite entertaining if you go in with an open mind.
Planning and strategic use of skills is important in battle, but it won’t amount to much if your characters aren’t up to snuff.
- Always improve your team when you can. There are a number of ways this can be done, but each one is important in its own way. Regardless, if you don’t keep upgrading you’re going to have a really tough time in post-tutorial missions.
- Don’t pour everything into one character. It’s fine to keep your favorite a little ahead of the rest, but many enemies have abilities that could potentially render your ace ineffective for a few rounds – and if everyone else is level 1 and does piddly damage you’re in trouble.
- Give everyone gear. As you play you’ll find items that can be equipped on different characters to boost their stats. Do this. Not only will it improve their overall performance, but if you equip every item slot you can upgrade their gear level – thus keeping the boosted stats and re-opening items slots for even more gear and stat gains.
- Train, train, train. Combat won’t improve your characters, so you’ll have to use Training Droids. These one-time use items will grant experience in different amounts, depending on their rarity. Higher levels equals better stats, naturally.
- Check your Shipments daily. Here you can flat out buy items and character shards that you may not be able to earn so easily. Remember that each mode (The Cantina, Squad Battles, etc) has its own separate Shipments, too.
- Play on Hard to unlock more characters. Once you complete a Light/Dark Side Battles section on normal, you’ll unlock Hard – with tougher enemies but better rewards. This is where you’ll want to be in order to stock up on the character shards you’ll need to unlock new characters or rank-up existing ones.
Fight the Powers
Sooner or later, you’re going to have to take up arms.
- Pick your targets. Some enemies have skills that can really muck things up – consider going after them first.
- Timing can also make a difference. The blue bars underneath a character’s health indicate when they act next (they go once it’s full). You can also use this to plan around who goes when in order to follow up one special ability with another that’s complimentary, get rid of enemies that will act next, and so on.
- Know your own skills. Each character has a regular attack and a special skill that does something a bit different but comes with a cooldown. Familiarize yourself with who can do what (tap and hold a skill icon for details) and put those abilities to good use.
- Attacks that hit everyone aren’t very effective. It’s great to damage an entire group of enemies, but the amount of damage is often so low it’s more worthwhile to use that character to deal more damage to a single target.
A Little Forced
Galaxy of Heroes will likely feel familiar to anyone who’s dabbled with enough free-to-play mobile games. But while it may not be blazing any new trails, it does present an enjoyable and polished effort.