One of the many titles that has hit the Nintendo Switch’s library is one called Has Been Heroes. The game, which was developed by the team that brought us the Trine trilogy, is a rogue-like RPG/Tower Defense title that tries to blend together two or three distinct genres of games, but ultimately falls short. While the game has a delightful art direction, the gameplay suffers a ton and makes this game just an OK entry into the Switch’s growing game library.
How does Has Been Heroes fair? Read on and find out!
Your adventure begins when the King summons you to embark on an important quest… That quest; escort the kingdom’s Princesses to school… While there is some humor sprinkled throughout the title, I felt that it never really “got going”.. When the title was first shown, it did in fact catch my eye, but it in the end, the game just feels rushed.
The first thing that players should know is that this game is HARD…And we mean HARD. Has Been Heroes throws gamers instantly into the action with no real tutorial (well, a small one) and hinders the overall experience. By the time you start to “get” the game mechanics, you may have already become too irritated with the title.
You control 3 heroes at the same time in an effort to defeat hordes of enemies mapped to 3 different “lanes”. The characters are mapped to the X, Y, and B buttons and while this may not seem to important to the overall review, its an imperative part of how the game is played. Very quickly you will become annoyed with this confusing control scheme and while we applaud the development team for taking a risk, it did not bode well in the final product.
Also holding back the title from becoming something great was the enemies. Pretty much all of the enemies were skeletons… That’s it. Skeletons that varied in size and color but all skeletons non-the-less. It’s hard to believe that the developer behind the excellent Trine series, who has a variety of characters and enemies, could have missed this detail.
Overall I am going to end the review here… I felt like there’s just not too much to say. It’s a hard title to play and while the games visuals look decent, you probably won’t even notice them because of the annoying gameplay. If you have a Nintendo Switch and play it on the go, MAYBE try this one out… We do however recommend to wait for a sale or skip this one altogether.
Overall MVGN Score: 5.0 out of 10.