September 30, 2013 2:40 PM | Lena LeRay
Hero Emblems from Taiwanese 2-man developer HeatPot Games is shaping up to be a unique RPG for iOS devices. The gameplay revolves around a robust match-3 battle system designed to incorporate traditional RPG battle elements and make strategy a key to success.
At its heart, Hero Emblems is a side-scrolling RPG. As the player goes through each stage, more information about the story and the world is revealed. Characters gain experience and level up. How they are equipped affects the gameplay. The player's four-person party, consisting of a healer, a mage, a physical attacker and a tank with an amusingly large shield, goes from left to right and fights any enemies that appear along the way. In that sense, it's similar to some other games (like 10000000 and Dungeon Hearts) which have tried to put a spin on the match-3 genre.
Hero Emblems, however, eschews the time pressure those games rely on, instead using a turn-based battle system with status effects throwing kinks into the gameplay. You don't want to use a poisoned block if you can avoid it, but executing a combo right next to it will remove the poison safely. That's where the strategy comes in. You have plenty of time to examine the board and decide if you want to ignore the status effect for now, try to remove it, or just use it an deal with the consequences. Combos can also be used to execute the characters' special skills. A key block in a major combo you were about to pull off just got cursed. Will you do the combo anyway?
According to the above trailer, Hero Emblems is coming soon to the App Store.