Invincible Hero – Review
Invincible Hero is a Pixar-esque adventure game developed by Supersonic Studios that pays homage to a wide roster of superheroes. At first glance, this game seems like a mindless button-masher. However, its first impression quickly started to peel away the surprising layers of depth it offers. It’s not without its faults, but nothing that prevents this game from being an enjoyable experience.
The story with Invincible Hero is generally non-existent. In all honesty, this game doesn’t really need one. Once I started this game, I went straight into battle with no questions asked. This side-scrolling beat-em-up echoes games from the nineties. that never lost their simplistic appeal. Just jump in and clear the levels without dying. This game design is a tried-and-true method that will never get stale. A growing number of action android games share this sentiment.
I started playing as a rather generic-looking “Mr. Incredible” knockoff. He comes with two simple commands: punch left and punch right. I tap on the screen and unleash a flurry of punches and contextual takedowns. The configuration is amazingly simple yet works quite well. The only problem I really had was finding the hitbox for interactive objects to kick. Sometimes I wanted to kick something, only to punch instead. This left me wide open for an attack which resulted in me dying. It’s a minor nuisance, but it’s worth pointing out, nonetheless.
Even though this character looks like he can move around the level like a standard platformer, he can’t. Initially, this disappointed me. Then, I noticed that running and jumping wasn’t necessary. Enemies charged after me from both sides of the screen feverishly. I punched their lights out as endless waves came after me. The animations are varied, flashy, and enjoyable as I shattered glass jaws across multiple levels. However, sometimes there’s a glitch that enabled enemies to spawn right in front of me after I supposedly killed them. Evidently, they weren’t quite dead. There’s no warning or “get up” animation. They just pop in front and sucker punch me. This can be a little frustrating.
Invincible Hero comes with a robust number of worlds that each has twenty levels. Within these levels, are bonus stages, mini-bosses, and the main boss. Supersonic Studios designed levels that offer something new and exciting, like crossing a bridge or avoiding bombs. There’s a slew of enemies I pummeled into defeat. Some went down with one punch, while tougher ones had hyper-armor and took longer.
There was no telling what was going to come next. I fought thugs, ninjas, kamikaze motorcycles, brutes, soldiers, and Molotov-throwing goons. Each ascending world introduced a new enemy type. Even though the first few bosses were unique, the bosses pass level forty we’re just cut and paste enemies. The farther I went, the more the bosses lacked in innovation.
The main character I played in Invincible Hero comes with a bunch of elemental and magical powers. There are quite a few screen-clearing superpowers to choose from. They all seem to offer the number of hit-points to the enemies, but some are clearly more spectacular than others. Most of the unlockables use in-game cash. However, farming for money comes easy since the game is rather generous. I unlocked my Hellboy skin after a few rounds.
Oh yeah, did I mention that this game comes with all kinds of cool skins? I managed to: unlock Gordon Freeman, Kratos, Ghost Rider, Johnny Silverhand, and even Mario. They can either be garnered through cash or by watching advertisements. Yes, Invincible Hero comes with advertisements at every turn. When I had to revive, unlock a skin, use a perk, or get special gems, I had to sit through an advertisement. It seemed like there was no escaping it. I wish they were a little rarer during my play sessions. Lastly, the sound effects are solid, but the same electronic guitar riff playing level after level gets tiresome.
All in all, Invincible Hero is lovingly crafted. Despite its shortcomings, it has lots to offer for anyone that’s in the mood to clean the streets.
Invincible Hero offers an addicting romp through the streets with spot-on gameplay and eye-catching visuals.