1000 Heroz is certainly ambitious. The premise for this fairly bare-bones side scroller is that every day a new level is unlocked, leading to an eventual 1000 levels– each with a different character. The mere logistics of how much space the game might eventually take up are mindboggling, but kudos to the developer if they can manage this herculean task.
1000 Heroz is a game purely about running and jumping through side-scrolling obstacle courses to attain the best possible time. You can then share your time with the world via Game Center and OpenFeint, and see how you’ve fared against everyone else. Each level can generally be completed in less than 20 seconds, and since there’s a new track each day, 1000 Heroz has a nicely addictive quality. Following the leaderboards and tracking your times against other players could shove the more obsessive-compulsive among us into a life-sucking vacuum.
That said, the game is very focused on its central gimmicks. Daily new content and easy tracking of the competition will likely end up being the sole appeal. All you do is guide your character left or right, and jump. The controls are iffy with floaty physics and a slightly unresponsive feel.
Just standin’ here, mindin’ my business.
Level design is generally clever. The incredibly compact tracks frequently offer multiple paths to the finish line, and are littered with pace-killing obstacles such as rocks and pits. Springy branches, bouncy globs, and springboards can prove to be a boost or a hindrance, and the touchy jumping segments can be frustrating. Thankfully, the levels are so short that having to repeatedly start one over isn’t a big deal.
The cartoonish graphics are sharp and colorful, and the handful of levels available show off a decent variety of scenery. While each new level brings a new character, there’s really no difference between these motley cave men and women. They all look like characters from an old Saturday morning cartoon, but there’s no back story or character building to be found in 1000 Heroz.
For a quick, cheap gaming fix on the go, 1000 Heroz has enough going for it to be worth a look. Although the controls aren’t nearly as precise as we’d like, the sheer variety (and potential variety) of tracks and the generally good level design makes up for other shortcomings. The creative focus on leaderboards adds an entertaining sense of competition to the simple gameplay. We can’t imagine too many players still racing by the time the 1000th level is released, but for now this is a decent way to spend a buck.