Helix Horizon Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Helix Horizon

The Basics

  • Name: Helix Horizon
  • From: DianDian(FunPlus) & Kumora
  • Genre: RPG, Gacha
  • Price: Free with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 637 mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • No bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Helix Horizon?

Helix Horizon is a new hero collection gacha game from FunPlus, the publisher that most recently released Valiant Force. The game has players collect and power up hero cards and then take them into battle. The heroes are divided into 5 different classes, each with its own strengths and weaknesses in combat. A hero could also have a relationship with other heroes that can grant certain bonuses. This creates an incentive to collect a wide range of cards beyond just the few that are viewed as most powerful.

Hnelix Horizon features a story told through cut-scenes, and it also features Japanese voice overs. After the first few story scenes, the game’s voice overs are mainly used in combat. Though that might disappoint some, it also helps keep the game’s file from becoming unreasonably large. Outside of the game’s story mode (and the battles that accompany it), players can also visit the PVP arena, as well as a few other mostly standard gacha game modes. While players are responsible for building their team and unleashing each hero’s skills, they have no other role to play in combat.

Helix Horizon gameplay

Recommendation

Helix Horizon is a game that does a few things better than most mobile games, but forgets one key element. Unfortunately that key element is gameplay. Firstly, with the controversy over gambling being a hot topic, this game should be commended for clearly disclosing the odds of its gacha draws, both by rarity and for each individual character. For those that are concerned with these sorts of things, the odds of an ultra rare card are 3%.

There are a number of problems with Helix Horizon, the biggest for most people will be the lack of gameplay. As previously mentioned, players only have control over when their characters execute their skills, a stark contrast to recent titles like Lord of Dice. The vaunted “innovative ring out system” is nothing more than an added element that lets players push back their opponent far enough to eliminate them. It serves as an alternative to depleting their health, and adds a bit of strategy to team building but not much more than that.

Those that are looking to collect lots of cool looking heroes are also set up for disappointment. At launch the game only has 6 ultra rare, 17 super rare, and 19 rare cards. Common and uncommon heroes, although prevalent, cannot be used for anything other than powering up other heroes. Even rare cards are not nearly as useful as their super and ultra rare counterparts, meaning they will often be completely ignored after being drawn. That being said, the art on each card is unique and a step above games with repetitive heroes like Battle Team.

On the other hand, Helix Horizon has a story mode that gamers might want to follow instead of pressing skip. The translation is good, and while the story is far from amazing, it is better than the offerings of the vast majority of free to play RPGs. Players low on time can always skip story segments and replay them when they get the chance. At the end of the day, this is a game that is let down by its lack of gameplay, a stamina system that is more limiting then most, and pay to win tendencies. Unless you are looking for a gacha game with a story and are fine overlooking this game’s faults, Helix Horizon is a game that should be skipped.

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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.