What is it?
Hero Academy from Robot Entertainment is a turn-based strategy game that combines checkers with super powered heroes to challenge your friends in one-on-one battles.
How does it work?
You start by getting six random troops and power-ups along with five moves. Each time you put a troop on the board, move or attack with a troop, or use a power-up, you use up one of your moves. If you don’t like what you were given, you can return them for a cost of one move each. Fortunately you can undo your moves and try different strategies before you find the one you like. You’re then given new troops and power-ups to replace what you used along with five moves for your next turn. To win the game, you either kill all of your opponent’s troops or destroy their crystals.
Hero Academy is not a trading or collectible card game. The kinds of troops and power-ups each team has is all they get. You get the Council team for free with additional teams (Shaolin, Tribe, Dwarves, Dark Elves) sold separately. If you’re not sure whether a team is right for you there are challenges for all of the teams so you can try before you buy.
What I like about the different teams is how different and interesting they are. The Dwarven team has better and more area attacks with the ability to shield themselves, while the Shaolin team weakens the enemy and does more damage when each unique troop attacks. Even the Council team you get for free isn’t weak with its strong healing and ability to move opponents away. No matter what team you use you’ll have to use good strategy and know your opponent’s abilities to do well.
Is it contagious?
Hero Academy is a lot of fun, and I’ve been playing it for a few months now with an online buddy. It could use an offline mode so two people could play on the same device, but Hero Academy is still a great strategy game that’s easy to learn, fun to play, and free to try.