Fire Emblem: Heroes offers the experience of a Fire Emblem game in a mobile format and is a nice treat for loyal Fire Emblem fans and a good way to get to know the series for newcomers.
10-02-2017 - by Iris Wijers
Fire Emblem: Heroes marks Nintendo’s first real gaming experience on Android phones (we're not counting Miitomo here). Where Apple users were already treated to their Nintendo fix through Super Mario Run, Android users had to wait a little longer but were finally treated with Fire Emblem: Heroes. As the saying goes: good things come to those who wait, and Fire Emblem: Heroes was certainly worth the wait.
Fire Emblem is one Nintendo’s long running series, currently consisting of fifteen games. The games are tactical games, tasking the player with moving a group of units across a grid to defeat enemies or complete objectives. The games also incorporate RPG elements by emphasizing the story, fleshing out the backstory and character of the different units and allowing the characters to form bonds and relationships with one another. The latest installments in the series are Fire Emblem: Fates, and Fire Emblem: Awakening. If you find yourself wanting more after playing the app, you can buy these games, and their DLC, here.
Fire Emblem: Heroes manages to make the step towards mobile devices while preserving many of the elements that make the series beloved amongst fans. The levels, fighting and leveling system are very similar to the system in previous fire Emblem games, but are explained for newcomers. The goal of the game is to defeat all enemies on a grid using four heroes that you can pick from a variety of heroes that you have summoned. The game offers a story mode, but also various other game modes, such as the training tower where you can go to level up your heroes or the areana duels, where you square off against teams by other players.
The characters in the game will seem familiar to those who played a Fire Emblem game before: many characters from the previous games are present as either allies or foes. Heroes differ in strength and rarity and can be leveled up and taught skills to turn them into devestating warriors or miraculous healers. The heroes also differ in the type of weapon they use, the skills they can learn and the way they can move, making team composition more than just a matter of choosing the heroes with the most stars. While some elements of the series are lost in the mobile game, such as permadeath and support conversations, the game still offers the Fire Emblem experience in a mobile package.