Hero of Sparta in Review- God of War Wannabe ?

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I think it’s impossible to play Hero of Sparta without referring to God of War. So much of the gameplay is similar if not a straight-up copy, but, as the only real hack and slash on the iDevice, you’re still going to have a lot of fun!

Graphically, this game is impressive for the iDevice. The cut-scenes are great and keep you involved in the game, and the levels are wonderfully designed. While the game is pretty to look at, I was saddened by the amount of stutter in the gameplay. On a game that relies so much on control and fighting, having the frame rate stutter does take away from the overall experience. While it doesn’t break the game in any way, it does disrupt the flow and reminds you that you’re playing on an iDevice rather than a console. It’s sad because as I mentioned, the game looks great but the framerate really reminds you of its limits.

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The controls for the game worked really well. You have a virtual joystick on the bottom left hand of the screen and your weapon and shield buttons are on your bottom right hand side of the screen. Anyone who has played iDracula – Undead Awakening will feel right at home, but because this actually came out before iDracula, it really should be “anyone who has played HOS (Hero of Sparta) will feel right at home playing iDracula”!

If you’ve ever played God of War (anyone actually not played this game?), you won’t find any surprises in this game. Everything just reminds you that you’re playing a scaled down version of God of War, without its “epicness”. Boss Battles and certain fights will have you pressing a part of your screen, very much like hitting certain buttons on your PS2 controller.

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You’ll also be collecting colored orbs for energy as you did in God of War. Are you starting to see a pattern here? I can’t help but compare Hero of Sparta to God of War in every way, though it just doesn’t compare unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong, Hero of Sparta is a fun game, and even intense at times, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Because there was nothing similar on the iDevice, this is a great game in its own right, but it’s just missing that oomph factor in my opinion. Had I never played God of War, my mouth would have likely dropped at this game; but having played the “original” , this really just feels like a copy cat.

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Finally, my last comment deals with the length of the game. While the game was enjoyable, if not somewhat repetitive (but what hack and slash isn’t?), it was still over too quickly. I guess that means it was still fun in retrospect. With the many checkpoints throughout the game (and this is a good thing), I was able to complete it in a few hours. Of course, I can go back now and play it on hard with what I’ve unlocked…

So, while this game feels and plays like a copy of God of War, it’s just not as good. There is no denying that fact. For the iPhone or Touch though, this is still impressive and shows again the potential for this device. With that said, if you’re still looking for a good action game at the App Store to satisfy your hack ‘n slash craving, you can’t go wrong with Hero of Sparta.

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App Summary
Title:Hero of Sparta (v1.0.1)Developer:Gameloft
Price:$5.99App Size:83.8 MB
  • Graphics
  • God of War’ish gameplay!
  • Good use of controls
  • Frame rate issues occasionally crop up
  • Game is rather short

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