(Editor’s Note: Yes, this headline is one of our soon to be famous lame “dad joke” double meaning ones. Not only that, I will “mom joke” it and explain the punchline! First, the game is called “Galaxy of Heroes”. Secondly, I actually was playing it on a Galaxy and Samsung batteries are known to explode/catch on fire! Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Tip your servers.)
I am still wary of mobile games. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I still worry that I’m going to download a game and its going to be some random match-3 with an IP slapped on it or, possibly worse, a terrible Chinese card battle rip off game. I mean, come on, Hearthstone is on mobile now. I just downloaded MKX on my phone. Granted, the gameplay of that one is pretty terrible and it is mostly just a treadmill game. Still, the graphics are great and the treadmill is enough to keep me logging in. So, I’m not entirely sure why I can’t let go of that bias. Old prejudice die hard.
And, back to the main topic of the article. I’ve covered a PC Star Wars game (2 if you count the Minecraft mod), a console game, and a tabletop miniature game. All that’s left is mobile to cover all of the bases. Once upon a time, I played the Commander game, which is a clone of Clash of Clans. Honestly, I’m not that big of a flan of Clash and the Star Wars coating wasn’t enough to make it worth my time. So, I went on the search for a different mobile game.
Enter both an ad and an “Editor’s Choice” designation for Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and maybe my earlier rant starts to make sense. Having been burned by my previous experience, I worried that a similar disappointment awaited me in this game. “But, Editor’s Choice!” You might say. Honestly, that’s the only reason that I downloaded it. Score another one for the capitalist pigs!
Well, not really, since the game is free to play. But, you get the point. I’m honestly glad that I did end up downloading it. The game does introduce “cards”–one of the things that I worried about–but it is an honest to goodness turn based strategy game. Granted, it isn’t as in depth as some other games. Also, there is literally no story.
That’s the most disappointing part of the game. As someone who plays games mostly for the story, it can be difficult to enjoy a game that eschews story for no good reason. Besides, even Candy Crush has a coherent story. There’s certainly no excuse for a Star Wars game to not have at least some story of story. It’s unforgivable! Sure, they attempt to put a face on it like there’s a story by pretending some nonsense or another, but it is barely worth mentioning.
However, if you either don’t care about story or can ignore the utter lack of one, you will be rewarded with a mostly positive game experience. I mean, it isn’t any more than tap gameplay of most mobile games. However, some game types and genres fit better than others. Others, as evidenced by Mortal Kombat, suffer greatly.
The aforementioned “match 3” game is obviously some of the best, er, match for this style. It shows in the sheer numbers of those games. As is to be expected, most are crap. Don’t get me wrong. I actually enjoy some of them. The Puzzle Quest series, for instance, are great games.
Thankfully, though, this isn’t that. It also is not one of those lame “card battlers” that have come out of Chinese game studios. There are “cards” in the game, but they aren’t integral to the actual gameplay. The game revolves around turn based combat. Initially, I almost fell into the habit of calling it a turn based RPG. Other than the combat, though, there is nothing here that I’d even remotely call an RPG.
As already mentioned, it is severely lacking in any type of story. After having played it a bit more, the weird thing about that is that they actually lump your “missions” into clumps on similar planets. That fact lends itself to developing a reason why your party is on that planet, objectives that your party needs to accomplish (other than just killing dudes), and you got yourself a story.
So far, it has been very easy to level my player level and each level you get a bag full of goodies from it. You use those goodies to level your characters, rinse, and repeat. I haven’t been tempted to spend real cash on the game yet, but I’m the kind of person who doesn’t often spend a ton of money on these games, so maybe I’m not the best barometer in that case. Then again, if you are like me and you like to squeeze as much as you can out of these free to play games and let the whales throw around their money to support your habit, then this seems like a game that will let you do that.
Add in the occasional “Wow, cool!” moment when you open up a familiar character from one of the movies and you have a pretty decent game. It isn’t high on my rotation. Also, it remains to be seen if I continue to log in every day. But, for right now, it has become a part of my daily routine.