Heroes of Steel RPG brings the majority of elements from popular tabletop games to your mobile device
If you’ve ever played Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinders, or any other tabletop, pen & paper game, you should be quite familiar with gameplay mechanics when jumping into Heroes of Steel. You’ll take control of a party of four, who each have unique background stories and individual plot lines, and though you can’t create your own character, you do manage their stats, abilities, and armor. The game covers a classic top down view with a grid-like map, that works perfectly for the genre.
Heroes of Steel is currently a free to play model with in-app purchases, but the good news is that the purchases are all for new characters or new chapters in the game. Not only are you not flooded with ridiculous in-app purchases like cosmetic changes or over-powered items, but the purchases for new characters and more story are relatively cheap, running between $1-$2 per unlock. The developers recently added the game to Steam’s Greenlight program, which is a way for users to help pick new games that get added to the Steam collection. I’m guessing that the price model would change for the PC version, but whether that would effect the price model for the mobile release isn’t clear. If you’d like to support the game in the Greenlight program, you can check it out here.
There have been plenty of games that try and re-create the tabletop experience, and most seem to fall short. As it stands now though, Heroes of Steel is shaping up to be one of the best looking games of its genre. The animations are smooth and give off that small character statue appeal, controls work great on touch screen, and the user interface is layed out in a simple manner. The developers seem to have got it right, by focusing on polishing gameplay mechanics, rather than create a long drawn out campaign. From what I’ve read about the developers, they appear to be motivated to create the best classic RPG that they can by continuing to add new content to the game.
Our indie RPG team is actively continuing development to make this the top RPG. We are very receptive to feedback to help Heroes be the best RPG it can be.
I’ve been scouring through the App Store for years now trying to find a game that would fulfill those old memories of playing tabletop games. So far Heroes of Steel has done the most to satisfy that thrist, though I really hope that we see improvements like creating your own character and possible a multiplayer effort. I mean, one of the strongest qualities in tabletop games was playing with friends. Even though we may be a ways off from seeing such a complete experience, Heroes of Steel is just a few friends and a dungeon master away from being the a complete tabletop experience.
Heroes of Steel is developed by Trese Brothers and is available to download now in the App Store and on Google Play. The game is free to download and costs $0.99 to download Episode 1. Requires either iOS 6.0 and later or Android 2.2 or higher.