Happy peasants harvesting grass. Peaceful people admiring the clouds. Then the bad guys come along and start sieging and such. You don't need much of a story when it comes to physics-based chain reaction games, but in the case of Siege Hero, from the creator of Sieger, you definitely need to know you're the one fighting on the side of good! This highly-polished iOS game features gameplay similar to Crush the Castle, Angry Birds, and even Implode!, although the sum of its well-made parts adds up to something much more intriguing.
Each level in Siege Hero is set up with a clear view of an enemy fort, complete with wobbly platforms, towers, and witless soldiers. Your job is to tap the screen and launch a projectile to crack the building, allowing gravity to pull everything down to the ground. Your main throwing tool will be rocks, and they're surprisingly good at hacking away at wood and stone blocks. Later on you'll get things like bombs, fire potions, and barrels of oil to toss, making the destruction even bigger and more impressive than before!
For warriors trained in sieging, these guys really are pushovers. To defeat the bad guys, simply knock them to the ground or whack them hard enough with pieces of debris. The more efficient you are at causing carnage, the more points you'll receive. You get bonuses for saving peasants, having ammo left over at the end of the round, and for smashing things like lamps, treasure chests, and pottery that populate many levels. Earn a high enough score and you'll get a gold crown for the level. Gold crowns unlock a number of bonus treasure stages. They're more challenging and entertaining than the main game and well-worth fighting for!
Analysis: Siege Hero is everything we like to see in a casual mobile game: high production values, a control scheme built for touch screens, and easy pick-up-and-go gameplay. The difficulty level is well-tuned for quick sessions but also allows you to go back and try for a better score, something that adds replay value and challenge only for gamers who care to experience it. Smart design decisions are around every corner of this game, making it a must-have if you own an iOS device!
Destruction is the central focus of Siege Hero, but it isn't all bombs and collapsing buildings. The game requires a modicum of thought, planning, and trial and error in order to succeed. The difficulty level isn't all that high, and if you don't care for gold crowns and bonus stages, you can breeze through the game's 63 levels in no time. Getting a good score, however, actually takes some practice. You can't just stumble into epic hero status, you know.
We've seen Flash games ported to mobile devices before, but Siege Hero is much more than that. It was built for the iOS platform in mind and incorporates lots of tiny design choices that makes it well-suited for small touch screens. Physics puzzle games have always had a safe home with casual gamers, and Siege Hero is easily one of the best on the entire iTunes App Store!