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    Game Info:

    Clicker Heroes 2
    Developed By: Playsaurus
    Published By: Playsaurus
    Released: Early Access July 16, 2018
    Available On: macOS, Windows
    Genre: Adventure, RPG, Clicker
    ESRB Rating: N/A
    Number of Players: 1 offline
    Price: $29.99
    (Humble Store Link)

    Thanks Playsaurus for sending us a copy of this game to preview.

    Clicker Heroes 2 is the sequel to the widely popular clicker game Clicker Heroes. This sequel aims to build upon the success of the first game in order to make a much larger experience. Clicker Heroes 2 is currently in early access on Steam and is undergoing some pretty regular updates. I have never played the first game, but I have played other clicker games and I was pretty excited to try out this one.

    Since I never did play the original game, I’m not entirely sure what all is new to this version or what features from the first one are currently missing. With this game being a pretty recent early access release it is missing a lot of features. There are a noticeable number of “coming soon” areas present in the current game, but they do seem to be planning on updating it fairly regularly. That does leave me to my biggest complaint so far which is every update wipes saves. That might be the biggest fault of it right now since this type of game requires a decent investment of time.

    Clicker Heroes 2
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Interesting changes to the standard clicker formula; Nice art; Cool sounding ideas.
    Weak Points: Game is updated frequently which comes with save wipes; A lot of features are currently missing; Game must be running for things to progress.
    Moral Warnings: The slaying of different monsters; Some magic is present.

    In my time playing between wipes I was able to experience a good bit of what the game has to offer. Clicker Heroes 2 plays like a mix between a clicker game and a role-playing game (RPG). As you progress and collect money, you are able to buy different pieces of armor which give you some buffs to various stats. It looks like it will be a system which will allow the creation of different types of builds. This should work nicely with the different characters you can get. Currently, there is only one character you can control in the game, but there is a section that shows that there will be other adventurers you get to play with. One other big feature is the stamina and mana resources. Your character has an auto-attack they will do, but you will do more damage by clicking. Every click costs stamina that is only regained from auto-attacks and abilities. Some abilities cost stamina, while others cost mana. Mana only regens over time and it does so quite slowly.

    There is one other big feature which is some kind of automizer for abilities, but due to the wipes and another issue I’ll get to later, I was never able to unlock it so I could test it. The other thing I found that slowed down progression was that you had to have the game open and running to be able to gain any money. Other clicker games I’ve played also gather resources when you aren’t playing it. In addition to that, I only appeared to gain experience when I was actively clicking. If I left it running in the background, all I did was gain money. I was never able to get enough experience to gain enough levels to unlock the higher level skills.

    Clicker Heroes 2
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 60%
    Gameplay - 9/20
    Graphics - 8/10
    Sound - 5/10
    Stability - 3/5
    Controls - 5/5

    Morality Score - 91%
    Violence - 7/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 8.5/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    The art style in Clicker Heroes 2 is fairly good. Enemies all look a bit cartoony in design, but there isn’t much variety at the moment in terms of enemies. One thing that did surprise me though was the character animations. The attack animation of the character currently is quite nice. I really look forward to them adding in other characters just so I can see what they look like. The current level they have looks good, but some of the ones they show off on the Steam page look much more interesting. Music was okay, but I quickly muted it once I realized I had to have it open at all times to progress. I didn’t notice any bugs with the game. Controls were also okay, but everything you do you just do with the mouse. One thing I would like is for the game to explain some stuff a bit more. There are a lot of stats that I had no idea what they did. I also only discovered by accident that there are areas of the map I could interact with to gain some bonuses.

    The game does have a bit of violence with you killing enemies, but it isn’t too violent or gory. When you attack, your character just swings their sword and the enemy gets knocked back a bit. I didn’t notice any foul language, but I could see that a lot of the enemies had joke names so you could see some down the line that were referencing something bad or dirty. There does appear to be magic in this game, but all I was able to do with my mana was recharge my stamina, though it does look like the next character will be a magic user. There is an enemy goat that has a demonic name.

    As of right now, I would only suggest this game to really diehard fans of the first game. At its current price, how frequently save wipes are, and how long it takes to level, I don’t see you getting too much out of it if you are a regular player. Now, maybe once there has been an update that adds a bit more stuff in and they decrease the frequency of save wipes, I’ll hop back in and play some more. I just find these types of games to require too much time investment to be constantly starting over again. The game looks like it will be something fun in the end, but it is a bit too early for most people right now.

    -Paul Barnard (Betuor)

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    He-Man Tappers of Grayskull
    Developed by: Animoca Brands
    Published by: Animoca Brands
    Release date: August 31, 2016
    Available on: Android, iOS
    Genre: Clicker
    Number of players: Single-player
    ESRB Rating: Not rated
    Price: Free to play with in-app purchases ranging from $1-50

    Thank you PowerCore for sending us PowerCore tokens for this game!

    Since I was too busy playing Barbies, My Little Ponies, and Strawberry Shortcake toys, I didn’t pay too much attention to the He-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures that my brother played with.  I do remember seeing the show and am familiar enough with several of the characters present in the rebooted franchise’s mobile game.   Of course, there’s He-Man the main character, but by his side you may see other notables characters including She-Ra, Teela, and Man-At-Arms. If you remember the original show, you’ll be happy to hear that many of the original voice actors reprised their roles for this app.

    This is a rather simple game and the story reflects that.  Skeletor has harnessed the power of the primordial crystals to supersize his army.  By the power of Grayskull and with the help of his friends, He-Man must save Eternia from Skeletor’s minions.   

    Taking out the oversized monsters involves tapping on them while He-Man’s friends will engage the enemies automatically.  He-Man doesn’t start off with friends though.  They’re unlockable after you have enough money to recruit them.  Money is also needed to level them up and to unlock their skills.  For each level gained their damage per second will increase.  It’s fun watching the damage go from single digits to hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, trillions, and beyond!  Instead of quadrillion, the abbreviation "aa" is used.  

    He-Man Tappers of Grayskull
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: It’s nice to see this classic franchise rebooted
    Weak Points: Repetitive gameplay; ads and in-app purchases
    Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

    There are several stages per level with a final boss that must be defeated before advancing onto the next area.  While you can take your time whittling down the standard enemies, the bosses are timed.  If you see that you won’t be able to take them down in time, you have the option of retreating and grinding on the lesser foes until you’re ready for a re-match.    He-Man has several power-ups at his disposal, though they are often timed and have an even longer cool-off period.  For the tougher bosses I would summon Battle Cat (remember him?) who would help for thirty seconds or so.  

    More powers and abilities can be unlocked by collecting all thirty-seven of Eternia’s most powerful artifacts.  Artifacts can be summoned with keys that are earned by time traveling/resetting your stats.  Fortunately, it doesn’t take too long to become powerful again.   In fact, money is automatically accrued for you when you’re not even playing the game!

    The last way to power-up your characters is by using Power-Core tokens which give your characters a permanent boost plus a maximum of five gems a day per token.   I don’t know how much these tokens sell for, but they’re available at Super7 stores.  

    He-Man Tappers of Grayskull
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 78%
    Gameplay - 15/20
    Graphics - 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
    Stability - 4/5
    Controls - 4/5

    Morality Score - 96%
    Violence - 8/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    Like many free to play games, He-Man Tappers of Grayskull offers perks if you’re willing to spend real money on them.  You can spend $5 apiece on permanent damage per second boosts and increased gold drops.  Through your battles you’ll spot Orko flying around and if you tap on him you’ll either get a free power-up or the option to watch a short video for gold or gems.   The videos consist of ads for other mobile games and sometimes they’ll conveniently take you to the store page to buy or download it.  

    Parents should lock down their devices or better yet, monitor their children while they play this game so they don’t purchase any of the add-ons without permission.  It is possible to trigger an ad unintentionally; thankfully the ones I have seen have been family friendly thus far.

    This game ran fine for the most part but I did run into a glitch or two worth noting.  One issue I experienced was that sometimes the tapping would cause He-Man Tappers of Grayskull to lose focus and bring me back to my mobile desktop.  Thankfully my progress wasn’t lost when I resumed the game.    Another nitpick I have is that you have to rely on the Android menu icons to exit the game instead of an exit option within the game. 

    He-Man Tappers of Grayskull can be fun in short spurts, but it will get repetitive after a while.  To mix things up a bit there are tournaments to participate in, though they require resetting your party to enter them.  It’s fun to do boatloads of damage and watching your damage per second soar adds some thrills to this otherwise simple game. Fans of the series may want to look into this app if they don’t mind the ads and can resist the temptation to buy unnecessary power-ups.

     

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    Loot Hero DX
    Developed by: VaragtP
    Published by: VaragtP
    Release Date: July 3, 2015
    Available on: PC
    Genre: RPG
    Number of Players:
    ESRB Rating: Not rated
    Price: $2.99

    Thank you VaragtP for sending us this game to review!

    A legendary dragon is wreaking havoc across the land and setting towns ablaze and evil creatures are resurrecting around the world.  A hero is needed to travel around and put an end to this mayhem.  That hero is you!

    The story isn’t very deep in Loot Hero and quite frankly neither are the game mechanics.  In this game you defeat enemies by simply walking into them.  If you’re strong enough, they’ll simply disappear and leave behind some money, gems, or healing/invulnerability potions.  If you’re not strong enough you can upgrade your attack, defense, critical rates, or speed in one of the many towns scattered across the ten levels.  

     

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: An easy way to rack up Steam achievements
    Weak Points: Beatable in 10 minutes
    Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

    While you’re standing in front of a town, your health will regenerate quicker than normal.  The monsters will steer clear from the settlements as well so they provide a bit of a respite.   If you get killed in battle, you can resurrect at the cost of some gold and experience. 

    The bosses at the end of the level are usually stronger than the hordes preceding them, but that’s not always the case.  Like many RPGs, grinding is inevitable and you can take as long as you like in a level before conquering the final boss.  There is a Steam achievement for completing a level in less than fifteen seconds, but I have yet to unlock it.  

    If you like collecting Steam achievements, then this is a game worth looking into.  The price is a meager $2.99, but it doesn’t exactly offer a complex story or game mechanics.  If you just like smacking enemies around, then you may still enjoy this game.

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 68%
    Gameplay - 11/20
    Graphics - 6/10
    Sound - 8/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 4/5

    Morality Score - 96%
    Violence - 8/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    The graphics look very pixellated on my 27” LCD running at 2560x1440.  The interface is functional but limited. There are options to adjust the display settings.  I do like how the main character’s weapon changes with each upgrade though.

    The background music was well done and changed with the levels and approaching enemies.  There’s no voice acting, but the sound effects were fitting.  

    Beating the game the first time took me less than half of an hour to do.  Every time the dragon is defeated, the levels will increase in difficulty and a miner will be set free to mine gold for you. Even when you’re not playing the game!  Once your character is more powerful, beating the game in less than ten minutes is possible.  

    If you don’t mind short and mindless entertainment, Loot Hero DX will meet that need.  Even though there is some violence, there is no blood or gore to be seen.  Enemies simply disappear in a purple puff of smoke.  While I wouldn’t recommend paying full price, it may be worth looking into when it’s included in a discounted bundle or on sale.   

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    Game Info:

    Plantera
    Developed by: VaragtP Studios 
    Published by: VaragtP Studios 
    Released: January 28, 2016
    Available on: PC
    Genre: Clicker
    Number of Players: Single-player
    ESRB Rating: N/A
    Price: $2.99

     

    Thank you, VaragtP Studios, for sending us a copy of the game to review!

    Plantera is a simple clicker game in which you build and maintain a farm. It is the third release on Steam by VaragtP Studios, the others being Loot Hero DX and Tap Heroes. In the game, you can buy crops and livestock, ward off harmful pests and critters, and gather gold.

     

    Plantera
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Colorful graphics; more interaction than many other clicker games
    Weak Points: Lacking in content; repetitive gameplay; no end game
    Moral Warnings: Ability to stun animals that go after your crops and livestock

     

    The first thing one may notice about Plantera is its colorful and cute graphics. While I did very much like the look of the game, I would have appreciated some more change of scenery. Different backgrounds, or possibly a day and night cycle, would really help vary the look. The sound effects and music are nice, though there is only a single music track playing in the background. 

    As you expand your farm, you will gather more helpers to pick the fruit and collect gold. You can also purchase guard dogs and scarecrows to help protect your land. Compared to other clicker games, Planetara does allow the player to have a bit more interaction than normal, by letting them pick the crops off the plants and scare away the harmful creatures by clicking on them, instead of just clicking idly in one place. You can always choose to do nothing and just let the game play on its own in the background, but your interaction will help speed up the process. 

    Plantera
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 68%
    Gameplay - 10/20
    Graphics - 8/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 4/5

    Morality Score - 96%
    Violence - 8/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    Plantera does suffer from a serious lack of content. Once you’ve gotten your farm up to level 19, you will have unlocked everything. Further levels only increase the coin production from the crops and livestock. A key feature in most clicker games is the end game, allowing you to reset your current progress in exchange for a greater return on your investment and quicker progression. Without such a system in place, Plantera quickly loses its enjoyment. There are a number of Steam achievements you can unlock for planting more crops and reaching higher levels on your farm, but trying to collect them all would be a serious grind. 

    Plantera isn’t bad, there just isn’t much to it. By nature, most clicker games are simple and somewhat tedious, and unless one offers something particularly interesting, I am bound to lose interest relatively quickly. It did, however, manage to keep me entertained for about an hour as I unlocked new items and watched the creatures move about on the screen. It is morally clean and simple enough for almost anyone to enjoy, regardless of their age. For the low price of $2.99, I can’t really complain too much. If you enjoy clicker games, you may want to check Plantera out, as there is certainly some fun to be had.

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    Game Info:

    Tap Heroes
    Developed by: VaragtP Studios
    Published by: VaragtP Studios
    Release Date: June 5, 2015
    Available on: Android, iOS, PC
    Genre: Casual
    Number of players: single-player
    ESRB Rating: Not rated
    Price: $2.99

     

    Thank you VaragtP Studios for sending us a review copy of this game!

    Tap Heroes is such an easy game that it can literally play itself once you get a mage in your party to heal the warrior.  At first you start off with a warrior that will auto attack the enemy, but if you want to vanquish it faster, click on it lots of times.  I mean lots.  No. More clicks, keep on clicking.    If you're low on health, all you need to do is click on yourself until the health bar is full.    There doesn't seem to be any cost to healing yourself, but the only downfall to healing is that you're not attacking the enemy as fast, or at all, unless you have the rogue in your party.

     

    Tap Heroes
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Only $2.99; so easy to play that it can auto-pilot after you have a mage in your party
    Weak Points: So much clicking that your hard and mouse will be in pain
    Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

    The rogue shoots arrows that stun and poison foes.  With gold coins dropped from defeated monsters like bees, bats, tigers, pigs, and Venus fly traps, you can upgrade his speed and potency.  Each upgrade will cost more than the previous one so keep on saving your gold and spend your money wisely between all of the party members.  

    The healing mage is the first unlocakble character that you can purchase with gems dropped by bosses or found in random treasure chests.  Gems can also unlock temporary boosts that can recharge over time including the ability to do double damage, earn more gold, summon a tide to wash away an enemy, or heal twice as much.  In the extras shop, potions, banks for dropping more gold, and an attacking familiar can also be purchased with gems.  Last but not least, gems can be placed on an altar to upgrade abilities.

    Tap Heroes
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 64%
    Gameplay - 10/20
    Graphics - 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 3/5

    Morality Score - 96%
    Violence - 8/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    As you progress through the three hundred levels (if your fingers can take it), the enemies get stronger and take more effort to knock out.  Each level has ten monsters that have to be defeated to manually switch to the next level.  Moving forward is optional and you can let the game play itself if your warrior can hold his own and the mage heals him enough. Every tenth level has a boss and these battles will require constant healing to survive their powerful attacks.   

    If your characters are leveled up enough, it doesn't take much skill to keep pressing forward.  The only limitation is how much clicking can you stand doing before getting bored or having your fingers get tired.  This game seriously numbed my fingers as I played it and I don't recommend it for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel.  Even though Tap Heroes is kid safe, mine got bored with it after a few minutes.  The asking price is only $2.99, but I'd wait for a sale before picking it up.     

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