The Nintendo Switch is getting another promising indie title. Has-Been Heroes developed by Frozenbyte and published by GameTrust is available today for gamers in the United States. Frozenbyte has received a lot of acclaim for their Trine series in the past and their branching out with a new IP.
Has-Been Heroes has elements of action, turn-based strategy, and rougelike games, and is a unique experience. The premise follows three heroes who have fallen from hero status to taking any job that they can find. The job that you as the player help them undertake is protecting two princesses on their way to school. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong, there are hordes of enemies that will block your path.
The gameplay sounds rather simple on paper, but has quite a bit of challenge and strategy to it. Each hero is assigned a lane, which is assigned a button on the controller. Changing lanes on the fly to land combo attacks on enemies is essential to being successful and being able to finish off an enemy. It’s a tricky formula that no doubt takes sometime to learn, but as you start to get it down is incredibly rewarding.
This is a rougelike though, so the maps and enemies are randomly generated and if you lose a hero you have to go all the way back to the beginning which may prove frustrating for some players. I had the chance to start playing it through last night, and it’s challenging but a lot of fun. While the game doesn’t have much in terms of tutorials to teach you the in’s and out’s of the gameplay, it does give you the ability to pause the action after each attack, allowing you to formulate your next attacks.
Has-Been Heroes is available on the Nintendo eShop, as well as physical copies which are available only at GameStop. So far the reviews have been middling, but with my brief time playing it I can definitely understand much of the criticism, but for the retail price of $19.99 it seems like a worthwhile pickup. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon.
Has-Been Heroes is available for $19.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop, as well as at any GameStop location. The game can also be purchased for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.