Hero Academy is an asynchronous strategy game from Robot Entertainment. It was released on Steam for 4.99USD this week. If you are not familiar with the game, I recommend clicking this link to read my review of the iOS version. The core mechanics of the game haven’t changed too much, but greater depth and value have been added since its original release. John Comes of Uber Entertainment describes it as chess crossed with Magic The Gathering.
You command a team of heroes and the objective is to destroy the opponents crystals or KO all of their heroes. There are 5 actions to be taken every turn which is how units are brought into the field, moved around, attack and various other things. Since its release on iOS in January, there have been 3 new teams added to the roster as well as single player challenges.
Each team offers up a different play style, to better fit the player behind it. The Council (free team for iOS) is your all around team that plays a very balanced game. The Dark Elves excel at killing the opponents heroes. The Dwarves, added after the original January release, really shine when it comes to destroying crystals. The Tribe is another hero killing team, but focuses more on team play and setting up large chains of attacks. Finally the Team Fortress 2 team (Steam exclusive) is a versatile team that forces the player to be able to flow, and change what they are doing on the fly.
The steam version only offers slight changes compared to the iOS app. Robot Entertainment tried to keep the look, the playability and the feel of the game as close to the iOS version as possible. There are some things that are a lot easier to do, like chatting to the other player, but this is only because typing out words on a keyboard tends to be much easier than typing on an iOS device.
The big selling point for the Steam version of the game is the cross compatibility with the iOS version. Almost everything you have done there ports easily over to the Steam version of the game. All you need to do is log in on to the Steam version like you would on your iOS device. I say almost everything because most of the achievements from the iOS version do not go over to the Steam version. Though this is a minor thing that shouldn’t stop anyone from playing the game. If you’ve unlocked teams on the iOS version, they will follow you to the Steam version. Active games are not an issue either, as moves can be completed on either version.
This was a great move by Robot Entertainment, and makes the game well worth your time and money. Hero Academy is one of those fun games that can be played when you have time for it. Yeah, that means that you might end up having to wait for the person you’re playing to make a move, but that isn’t stopping you from starting another game. Even if you don’t have the iOS version, the Steam version gives you everything you need and buying everything upfront for 15USD is well worth it. Seriously give this game a go.