Foursaken Media, creator of N.Y. Zombies, has recently struck again with a twin-stick shooter that combines elements of other genres of games as well (such as RPG, castle defense, and action-adventure) to wildly enhance the gameplay.
However, instead of dodging and destroying zombies, you play as a small bug– either an ant, spider, or beetle, all of which have different strengths and weaknesses. Your goal is to defend your stash of food and destroy the attacking hordes of leeches, fleas, and other creepy crawlers that appear unexpectedly.
Hands off my cans!
This is insect warfare at its finest, demanding your sharp-shooting skills so that you can destroy bugs early on to gain cash and acquire better weaponry. There are more than 30 abilities and items, and deciding which to obtain strategically may be your best line of defense against attack. Even for those who are less inclined to play shooters, Bug Heroes is innovative and strategic enough to garner your attention.
We enjoyed the 3D imagery and comic book-like feel of Bug Heroes, as well as the music and sound effects that create an upbeat and fast-paced experience. The transformations from night to day capture the game’s visual strengths and also incorporate a slight variation in gameplay, affecting the availability of turrets, enemies, and abilities. You can switch between heroes at any point, and level them up to become fiercely more competitive.
Make like Tony Montana and protect your stash.
Although it’s not currently integrated with the Game Center, the game’s ‘Coliseum’ tracks high scores and sorts them by easy, normal and hard modes. This is an acceptable way to motivate players, but we hope to see Game Center integration in the near future as well. There’s a lot of replay value here, since you can play this game not only to nab achievements and unlock different levels, but also to improve your score and attempt to rank among the champions.
There’s a lot more we enjoyed about Bug Heroes, too. For any insect warrior, the ‘Insectopedia’ is a powerful resource that provides insight into different insect types and their mannerisms, modes of attack, and more.
The multiple components of Bug Heroes make it a game that can appeal to a wide spectrum of people, and its quality makes it stand out among numerous action games. Even if shooters aren’t your thing, Bug Heroes just may amuse you more than you would expect.