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Posted by GG Goblin On July - 23 - 2018

Propeller-headed fun.

While videogames hopping from mobile platforms to home consoles, and vice versa, is quite common in the modern gaming world, Nintendo’s Switch console seems to be the ideal destination for former mobile games. With the combination of playing on the big screen or in handheld mode, and with the possibility of controller use or a touchscreen, the Switch is the ideal cross over, so expect to see many mobile titles coming over to Nintendo’s hybrid.

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And so we come to Picomy’s Heroki, a lovely little hovering action adventure that previously enjoyed success on mobile platforms. Will the mobile limitations sour the experience on the Nintendo Switch? Or can the propeller-headed win over our hearts?

Heroki is set up much like a classic platforming game. There are a variety of different levels, a bunch of collectibles, enemies to defeat and simple puzzles to solve. However, there is a substantial difference in that the hero of the game has a propeller attached to their head, and will spend the majority of the time just flying through the levels.

Heroki is dead simple to control, with the use of the stick zipping Heroki around with plenty of precision. The hero moves around smoothly and indefinitely without any frustration. This could have taken away much of the challenge in the game, but the levels have been designed to force the player onto the ground in order to progress. There are areas where the player will be on the ground for an extended period, but most of the time the player will be dropping down to pass through tunnels and the like, or to collect some of the wonderful collectibles in the game.

Each area has a whole bunch of different collectibles, including special emblems and letters. These collectibles are quite often well hidden, and players striving for that elusive 100% will have their work cut out and the game extended as they keep going back to find whatever they missed. This brings up the whole exploration side of the game. It could be quite easy to zip through the levels quickly without looking around too much, but with all of the collectibles to find and the levels being designed with exploration in mind, zipping through reduces the challenge and does the game a disservice.

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Besides, it is quite a lovely world to explore. The visuals are bright and colourful, suiting the games upbeat vibe, and the soundtrack plods along quite happily. The main village even has some other characters to talk to, and some side quests to pick up, giving the game real personality. And there is a story to move all of the action along, something involving an evil character stealing a treasure from Heroki’s village. Don’t expect anything too deep, but again it adds personality to the game.

So, Heroki’s main move involves flying around, but that is not the be all and end all of their abilities. Heroki can drop like a stone at any time, although this move does have limited use. Of more use is Heroki’s ability to pick up crates. These can be smashed to reveal the occasional helpful item, or they can be thrown at enemies. This will involve a directional marker similar to that in the Yoshi games, and it can be a bit tricky to get the crate on target with the more difficult enemies, but it’s nothing too frustrating. There are other abilities that Heroki will unlock as they progress through the levels, such as the ability to control the wind, but these abilities tend to have very specific uses for upcoming puzzles.

Heroki is obviously aimed at the younger end of the gaming market, with a relative simplicity and laid back style of gameplay. There are a couple of areas where the difficulty spikes a little, but it is nothing that a seasoned gamer will struggle with. However, the game does seem really suited to the Nintendo Switch, being impressively ported over and selling at a very reasonable price considering the Switch’s often inflated prices.

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For the younger gamer, or those looking for a more relaxed experience, Heroki would make a great investment on the Switch. While the core game can be relatively short, finding all of the hidden collectibles will add a sizeable chunk of replayability, making the game good value for money. Heroki is not the most complex game, but is nicely polished and simply enjoyable. Worth checking out for some laid back fun.




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