Power Rangers Meets Pokémon
“It’s morphin’ time!” Okay, so maybe this isn’t the battle cry you hear in Hero Ball Z , but the similarities this character collector RPG shooter has with Power Rangers and a little something called Pokémon cannot be ignored. They may not have to face Rita Repulsa, the arch nemesis of the Rangers, but like the Power Rangers our heroes or heroines wear different colored costumes while duking it out with evil space aliens.
Much like Pokémon, you can choose which characters to take into battle and even evolve them to grow stronger. Developers Joycity and Mojito Games have done a remarkable job in crafting a remarkable RPG card game adventure that wastes little time propelling you straight into the fun.
Leveling Up, Collecting Heroes and Evolution
For players not quite sure how to get a grasp of things, the game features a very robust tutorial. It is here that you are introduced to Sora. She is the bubbly commander who guides you on your journey. Sora is a bit like Zordon. As Zordon was a mentor for the Power Rangers, she is a mentor to the players in Hero Ball Z.
With Sora’s guidance, leveling up your characters is easy. Players start off with novice heroes, each with a different tier. To improve your chances in battle, all you must do is tap the screen and combine each tier until you are able to craft your first hero. This is just one of many great elements that is offered during gameplay.
Another fun aspect is the ability to evolve the heroes you collect. What good is a hero without evolution? Hero Ball Z offers plenty of different ways to evolve your characters and upgrade their stats and abilities. Evolution allows for improving attributes like attack and defense, for example, or increase things like health and critical attack power to give you an advantage. However, while evolution helps your overall chances, there is a major disadvantage to using it. You can only evolve your character if you have two cards of that same character.
Auto-Play, Rush Quests and Events
One unique feature the game offers is an auto-play mechanic. Basically, tapping on this feature causes the game to run automatically. Need to get a drink of water or a snack, but want to be able to still play at the same time? Use auto-play and the game will do it for you. You don’t need to worry about battling, adding more novice heroes to the fight, or combing tiers to collect a new hero. Auto-play does it all. One should take heed, however. The feature is not unlimited and only lasts about fifteen minutes, and you may have to sit through ads to use it.
Quests and Events are not difficult. For example, chaining quests together unlocks rewards like rubies and coins that allow you to upgrade your characters. Events allow players to purchase special offers like starter packs either with rubies or by paying for them with real cash.
Offline Play, Graphics and Overall Experience
Perhaps one of the best aspects offered in this RPG adventure is the game continuing to play if you’re offline. Even if you aren’t online, the battle will still rage on. When you log back in, you will be updated on the progress that has been made while you’ve been away. How cool is that? Of course, being able to advance forward withouth being logged on is a major plus.
Hero Ball Z is a great experience overall. Graphics are smooth, gameplay moves at a brisk pace, and the aesthetic is rich in Japanese anime feel. The developers at Mojito and Joycity have provided a satisfying RPG.
Is It Hardcore?
You better believe it!
As hardcore as the Power Rangers saving Earth and the city of Angel Grove countless times over, Hero Ball Z is a great RPG experience. Graphics are smooth, gameplay has an anime quality to it, and you don’t need giant mechanical dinosaur robots to form an even bigger mechanical robot to defeat the forces of evil.