Hero Hunters Review: a Mobile Shooter That Might Be Worth Your Time

The Basics

  • Name: Hero Hunters
  • Developer: Hothead Games
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Price: Free with ads and IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 665 mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: Yes

What is Hero Hunters?

Hero Hunters is a squad based third-person cover shooter with RPG and hero collection elements. Players need to collect and power up the game’s heroes and take them into battles in squads of five. Hero Hunters features both single player and multiplayer modes, with single player content being playable online.

Hero Hunters’ single player content mainly consists of the story and a gauntlet modes. The story mode is made up of 60 missions where players take on waves of enemies. The objectives sometimes change, but it mostly amounts to shooting anything that moves. The gauntlet mode pits your team of heroes against other AI controlled teams in a series of matches where hero health does not regenerate between levels.

The multiplayer portion of Hero Hunters includes a co-op raid mode and a PVP mode. The game’s PVP mode is a squad vs squad match up against opponents with similar power ratings across one of three maps. If a hero happens to fall during a PVP match, they lose one of their three lives. Once all three lives are lost, that hero becomes unusable for the rest of the day. That means that PVP rewards are not limited to a player’s stamina or any sort of PVP tickets, but are instead determined by skill (and luck). The co-op raid mode consists of two teams of heroes taking on larger encounters. The co-op raid mode has two players team up to take on a stage together. At launch there are only 2 raid maps available, though they have several difficulty levels.
 

Hero Hunters Gameplay

Recommendation

At its core, Hero Hunters is fun and works well on mobile. The game’s shooting mechanics feel accurate, moving between cover is responsive, and levels are short enough for short-burst gameplay sessions. The problem is that the game involves a lot of grinding, constantly pushes in app purchases, and is unapologetically pay to win.

Hero Hunters has an incredibly large number of things to collect. Players will need to collect equipment to power rank up their characters, hero shards to increase a hero’s star rating, and cash to level up their skills. Equipment gathering will quickly become a slow enough grind to turn-off many users. Characters can require dozens of pieces of equipment for a rank increase and each piece has a chance of being dropped from certain levels. That might mean that just one equipment slot might need players to finish a level 15+ times. This makes progress in the game dreadfully slow after a certain point.

On the bright side, Hero Hunters also frequently has events where players can compete against others in PVP tournaments or alliances can compete to complete a variety of tasks. Unfortunately, these events put free users at a distinct disadvantage. The disadvantage typically comes in one of two forms, the first is that players who have a certain hero will get bonus points for using that hero in an event. Of course that hero could be obtained through a promotional crate bought with premium currency. The other advantage that paying players get is that spending premium currency gives users a lot of points in certain events, more than any other activity.

If you are looking for a fair and balanced competitive shooter, Hero Hunters will not scratch that itch. If you’re looking for an action packed hero collection game with fun gameplay and you don’t mind a bit of a grind, Hero Hunters is definitely worth a download.

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Solid gameplay, unique heroes to collect, and a major grind for free users.
Available on Google Play
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.