I Need a Hero
AFK Summoner: Fantasy Hero War is an AFK action RPG from TOJOY Games. This title is a great addition to the AFK and idle genre that will appeal to fans of the genre as well as players new to the game style.
The title features a large cast of heroes each with their own abilities and strengths. Players assemble a team of six characters for each level but can have up to 60 characters in their collection. This grants you the ability to mix and match and play around with different hero lineups. The characters are adorably animated and uniquely stylized. The animation and the gorgeous fantasy soundtrack combine to instantly grab your attention.
AFK Summoner is a fairly easy game for anyone to pick up and play. However, the game still contains a fair bit of challenge when needed. Throughout the campaign and arena game modes, players will find themselves having to replay certain levels and upgrade their characters to advance. This is done well without requiring you to excessively grind to advance. With the ability to close the game and return later to find that your team had been collecting experience, money and items without you even needing to play, grinding is rendered unnecessary except for those who may be more hands-on or impatient players.
Vs. the World
AFK Summoner contains an arena mode that is AFK’s competitive multiplayer portion of the game. In this portion, you put together a team similarly to how you would in the campaign levels. However, now your team faces off against teams assembled by different players all over the world.
You will usually only face off against players who are around the same level and strength as you within the arena mode of AFK Summoner. With this feature, you’ll never have to worry about facing an overwhelming defeat. As players rank up, they also unlock options to face off in tougher arenas filled with veteran players. These arenas offer better rewards but are significantly more difficult and are not consistently running. Rather, players must wait for select days when these arenas are available.
Where AFK Summoner lets you down is their marketplace. While the game is not necessarily pay-to-win, it never hides the fact that paying will help you advance much faster. AFK Summoner also has a habit of constantly reminding players of these payment options. As I previously stated, the game is not very difficult and you can progress without ever having to spend real money. However, the constant advertisements attempting to convince you to pay can grow annoying over time.
Luckily, this pay-to-win occurrence does not spill into the arena modes. Since players face off against those more evenly matched, rookie players will never get stuck facing a player who has purchased any significantly strong characters. Despite these flaws, AFK Summoner remains a great addition to the AFK and idle genre.
Is It Hardcore?
All things considered, AFK Summoner remains a fun and entertaining game even with its faults. While pay-to-win options may turn many away, those who stay will still find a great experience.