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Looking to add some He-Tastic fun on your smart device? Well, Animoca Brands's He-Man: Tappers of the Universe delivers. Combining characters from both Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power, it is a tap & swipe game that lets you battle a number of villains while leveling up to add new heroes, Skills and Artifacts to the game. What's even better? It's FREE to play!
Available for both Android and iOS, this is a fairly straight-forward game and easy to learn. You play as He-Man, who can tap and swipe his way to higher levels. He-Man is voiced by Cam Clarke and Skeletor by Alan Oppenheimer! The premise is pretty simple: in his latest scheme, Skeletor has acquired a gem that allows him to increase the size of himself and all his fellow villains. This gives you a big target in the middle of the screen where small, yet powerful He-Man can take them on.
For a full explanation of how you play, the Skills you can gain, the heroes that can help you, and the Artifacts that aid you in battle, be sure to read the tutorial found in the upper left corner of the game's screen under the little gear icon. It gives a thorough run-down of almost everything you encounter during gameplay.
In addition to Skeletor, you will encounter villains such as Catra, Hordak and even Scare Glow. This initial release features over twenty baddies that you will have to defeat repeatedly as you move from level to level. You will also encounter twelve different backgrounds that have some different settings familiar to most and some only hard core fans will recognize.
One of the most fun elements is unlocking new heroes to stand beside you in battle. This first release gives you twenty different heroes you can unlock as you progress, including surprises such as Rio Blast, Clamp Champ and even the Goddess. Each has new attacks they can perform as you increase their powers throughout the game.
And be sure to unlock and boost those Skills for He-Man. They will do things like summon Battle Cat, invoke the power of Grayskull for buffs, increase damage dealt for a period of time, and generate gold with every blow He-Man strikes!
While adding to He-Man's Skills and unlocking new heroes is vital to attacks, don't overlook the Artifacts. You use collected Keys to then have Orko summon a new Artifact. Each new artifact adds a condition that continuously improves your gameplay. You will find these are crucial to advancement and increasing your power. Artifacts can increase the frequency of Orko's helpful appearances during battle (he floats around and you have to tap on him), increase damage per tap on villains, extend the time limit on boss fights, lower Skill cool-downs, increase critical chance/damage, increase gold found, lower upgrade costs, reduce the chance of your companions being wounded, and much more.
As you fight villains, you will notice they don't seem to fight back. And in most instances, they don't. But doing damage to Bosses is a timed battle, and you only have so long to do enough damage to defeat them or you will fail in your attack. You will then need to continue fighting the minor villains until you can gain more improvements, thus enabling you to defeat that particular Boss. Also, as you reach more difficult levels, the Bosses can injure your heroes with a one-hit KO that will disable him or her for a period of time. You will then need to wait for them to reappear or use gold coins to Recover that hero, which is an option that eventually becomes available next to them. So don't worry, those heroes aren't lost forever.
As you move up in levels, the action will slow down some as the gold, Gems and Keys you will need to advance becomes harder to accumulate. So you have a couple different options to speed things back up. One is you can Time Travel back to Level 1 Stage 1. The downside is it resets your status and you lose all your Skills, heroic allies, gold and non-Artifact buffs. BUT you keep all your Gems and Artifacts which means you can advance far more quickly then before and rebuild your Skills and heroes lickety-split. Plus a huge benefit of Time Travel is getting more Keys that Orko can use to summon additional Artifacts for you.
The other option is to use the Store to buy special abilities and also Gems that let you purchase large amounts of Keys and gold to help you level-up as things get more difficult. You can also combine making purchases and using the Time Travel feature for a two-pronged attack strategy for fast advancement. On top of that, tapping on Orko when he appears during battle might give you the opportunity to watch ads that can give you a substantial amount of gold or other benefits.
Having played the game here at He-Man.Org, I think that it's a lot of fun. Over time, it can start to feel repetitive, especially as the difficulty increases and it takes much longer to advance. But the flip side of that coin is that the strategy component becomes ever more important and challenging. In addition, Animoca Brands plans to add more villains with future updates. And there are even MORE features in development, but Animoca Brands is keeping those under wraps for now.
This game will be available for download very soon, so keep an eye on the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store!