Each week, Apple spotlights a game that is chosen as the “Editor’s Choice.” While no one knows the identity of the editor (or editors) or what the criteria for being considered is, one thing is for sure, Apple knows how to pick them.
Last week, Apple picked Temple Run 2 which quickly launched to the top spot on the free games list and was downloaded a record 20 million times in only four days. This week’s Editor’s Choice goes to a port of the 2009 Nintendo DS RPG/puzzle game Might & Magic Clash of Heroes.
The original game was a huge hit when it launched. It received a Best Game of E3 award in 2009 and was ranked the fourth best game of the same year by Metacritic.
The port is nearly identical to the original with some changes made to accommodate touch screen devices. Just like the DS version, the game mixes elements of role-playing game (RPG) turn-based strategy with match-three puzzle gaming.
Players travel through the lands, seeking out demons to vanquish. Along the way they meet various helpful elves, pick up side jobs for extra money, and find gems which they can use to purchase more units.
During the adventure part of the game, players tap on seals on the ground to move their character around. When they come across non-player characters, they can talk to them by tapping them. Some characters move the plot forward and generate main quests. Other characters offer side quests, like impromptu battles or bounties to be tracked.
When a player ends up in battle, the game changes to a mix between trading card game statistics and match-three puzzle gaming. For example, your units will only attack or defend when three of the same color units are lined up together. You can create more powerful attacks or defensive walls by linking two groups of three. During battle, the fighter with the toughest units and the most powerful attacks wins the game.
This game is enormous. It is 1.87 GB. I tried downloading it on my iPad two times, both resulting in failure after 20 minutes. I finally downloaded the game directly onto my iMac (which took 26 minutes) and then loaded it onto my iPad. If you have less than 5 GB of space available on your iPad, I suggest you do what I did. The nature of an app download requires more space than the program actually is.
If you played Might & Magic Clash of Heroes on Nintendo DS a few years ago, you’ll know why this game was awarded the Editor’s Choice this week. If you’ve never played the game, but are a fan of strategy, turn-based RPG games, you’ll love it, too.
There is no denying that the game is a bit pricey at $4.99, and it sure does hog up a lot of space on your iPad. However, diehard RPG fans will find the price and size to be worth the money.
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes is available today for $4.99 in the App Store.