Publisher: Strategy First
Developer: Quotix Software
N Amer - 06/26/2007
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Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars is an upcoming action-RPG published by Strategy First. The game is very light on the RPG element, leaning more towards third-person action than role-playing and character building. The game’s mission structure is fairly linear, ending up a bit of a glorified scavenger hunt. While the game might be light on depth, budget-minded gamers looking to unleash their inner barbarian may want to give it a look.
According to the game’s storyline, it has been many years since the hordes of the evil demon Pompolic have crossed into this world, with the goal of enslaving the population to make them his dark minions. The only way that Pompolic can be stopped is by finding his dark souls, which are his personal servants that are the ones capable of enslaving the population through mind-control. These dark souls are strewn out throughout the level, requiring you to fight off Pompolic’s forces while collecting the hidden dark souls in each stage.
Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars gives you two characters to play as, the Amazon and the Warrior. They each have the different traits that you’d expect, as the Amazon specializes in ranged attacks whereas the Warrior likes to get up close and personal. They both can use specialized weapons that they pick up on the field (each of which will take up some mana), and can perform special moves unique to their class with the Enter key.
The gameplay in Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars basically has you scouring the map killing your opponents and collecting the hidden dark souls. You have a counter in your HUD that tells you exactly how many you have collected as well as how many you’ve collected. The objective is to go through the stages on a scavenger hunt killing whatever enemies get in your way and occasionally collecting power-ups here and there.
Combat in the game is fairly simplistic, simply requiring you to press the attack button on the mouse as soon as an enemy gets close enough. You do have a secondary attack for some weapons, but the combat is nothing too brain-straining.
The game’s graphics aren’t terribly impressive, but at least it should run on a wide variety of mid to low-end computers. The character models and the enemies are pretty simplistic models, and the environments aren’t very detailed. All in all, the game looks like a budget title from two years ago.
Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars is a pretty simplistic hack’n slash that should have some appeal with the casual gaming audience looking to get their feet wet with action RPG games without something that’s too taxing for newcomers. However, hardcore fans might want to look elsewhere.
The game’s mission structure is fairly linear, ending up a bit of a glorified scavenger hunt. While the game might be light on depth, budget-minded gamers looking to unleash their inner barbarian may want to give it a look.
Reviewer: Steven Hopper
Review Date: 06/04/2007