Published on April 6th, 2015 | by Patrick Garde0
Heavenstrike Rivals Review
Heavenstrike Rivals is a role-playing game from SQUARE ENIX. Blending elements of Chess, turn-based RPGs and Yu-Gi-Oh, this game for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android is a unique and tactical experience that takes place in a grandiose dystopian universe.
You are a captain of a special organization tasked with defeating creatures known as “The Fallen,” and other various threats. To do this you are put in command of a squad. Each squad is comprised of vastly different units in one of many categories. There are fighters, gunman, priests and mages, vanguards and scouts. Each class has different functions and abilities on the battlefield, such as the gunman’s ability to pierce multiple enemies, making him a great choice to eliminate entire lanes, or the fighter’s ability to boost his stat every time he attacks an enemy. There are multiple characters within each of these 4 classes that vary in appearance, rarity, stats and abilities. While the general roles stay the same, most characters are pretty different from one another. This adds to the longevity and tactical nature of the game, as you can spend a lot of time gathering different characters and mix-and-matching to find the best teams.
Commanding your squad is simple yet a complex task. The board is a 3×5 board, with the first and last column being spawn points for each side’s respective captain. Each turn, you get two mana crystals, which you can use to spawn units on your side, and every turn, units move forward and attack and/or heal. Before you end each turn you can also move characters to different lanes if the spots are available. Now, I mentioned before that the game shares a similarity to Yu-Gi-Oh, not in its card-style gameplay as Heavenstrike doesn’t have cards, but in its health system. Like in Yu-Gi-Oh, each character has their own attack and defense values, and each captain has his/her own life points. The combination here is brilliant, and it allows for some tactical manoeuvring unlike many other games. For example, I blitzed one lane with a heavy fighter, a mage and a priests, which would’ve been suicide if my goal was to defend or defeat enemies, but all I had to do was get around them and hit harder. A great addition to this system is the ability to level up individual characters.
Heavenstrike Rivals has a plethora of options to choose from. A long and challenging story, side missions, and intense PvP make it so you should never be bored. There are shops, items and characters to gather. There are only a few drawbacks to this equation. Like in many F2P games there is a stamina system, meaning that you can only play for a certain number of missions before having to wait. The premium currency is available to earn in-game however, which is a plus. Aside from this, a few of the animations are a bit stale, but nothing awful.
Heavenstrike Rivals is a unique and enjoyable tactical RPG for the iOS that will keep you busy for days. With few downsides and many different ways to play, the possibilities are endless.
Summary: RPG and strategy fans will love Heavenstrike Rivals. This game from Square Enix is beautiful and fun to play. Yes, it has some minor flaws but this freemium title has blended perfectly fresh and classic strategy formulas. It is well-polished, there are tons of characters to select from, and you will like its visuals.