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Bug Heroes 2

For: iPad   Also on: iPhone

Heroically buggy

Product: Bug Heroes 2 | Developer: Foursaken Media | Format: iPad | Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Shooter, Tower defence | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
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There's just something fun about charging a group of scuttling mites as a gnashing spider warrior. Swinging your shield into squidgy faces, your trusty ladybird companion slashing with its rapier behind you, you plough through the attack, grab a chunk of food, and scuttle back to your base.

That's the basic rhythm of Bug Heroes 2. You'll charge in, take a bit of a beating while you grab food to heal yourself with and spare parts to reinforce your base with, then return to your food stash to deposit your items and make sure no one's causing any kerfuffle.

You'll earn experience and cash to spend on new skills and weapons, turning your two-creepy-crawly kill team into a veritable stumbling wall of death.

It's not without its little niggles, and here and there it's rough around the edges, but that scrappy core means there's always something for you to enjoy.

Insect spray

The game is a mix of third-person action and base defence. You take to the field as a team of two bugs with different skills. Some use ranged weapons, some deal damage with swords, others are hulking brutes that soak up hits and protect their partner.

You've only got a couple to choose from to begin with, but as you play through the game you'll unlock more, giving you a wide variety of team-up options. Finding the right balance for the way you want to play is key to battling back the advancing hordes.

The levels in the campaign mode have a variety of different challenges. You might need to defend your base for a set amount of time, knock back a set number of waves, or take the attack to the enemy and capture some command points.

You control your duo with an invisible stick on the bottom-left of the screen and a series of buttons near the edge. These let you use the special powers you accrue as you fight, swap between your bugs, and change the camera angle.

Of the two camera options the zoomed-out one offers the best view, with the closer, over-the-shoulder angle making it difficult to see anything but the bugs you're bashing.

Bugged out

There's a risk and reward bounce to the game. You know you want to get out there and force the issue, but at the same time leaving your base exposed can result in a desperate race back before it's overwhelmed.

IAPs explained
You can buy bundles of gems to spend on extra buffs and boosts for your characters.

These range in price from 150 for 69p / 99c up to 10,000 for £34.99 / $49.99.

There's not much call to buy them, but it can save you a bit of grind if you're determined to toughen your team up as soon as possible.
Skirmish mode sees you controlling your bugs one at a time, arranging an army of grubs and towers so you can defeat an opposing force before they get a chance to smash up your defences and steal your food.

Multiplayer games offer a variety of different modes, including one where you take control of half of a bug team, joining forces with a friend to take on another team of two in a battle to the death.

Online players are a little on the thin side, but you can team up with real people with local networking if you've all got copies of the game.

Bug bomb

Bug Heroes 2 has a decent chunk of action for you to sink your teeth into, although it's sometimes presented in a slightly muddled way. There are a lot of menus, and a lot of different mechanics for progression that sometimes seem to butt up against each other.

Still, there's enough fun here that you can look past the niggles and just enjoy yourself. It's not particularly deep, it's not particularly original, but there's enough bug-on-bug violence that you can't really complain.
 
Bug Heroes 2
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Harry Slater | 25 February 2014
A slightly scattered action game with an interesting strategic sideline, Bug Heroes 2 gets a little lost in itself sometimes, but it's still worth a crack
 
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@Ayjona | 11:42 - 27 February 2014
"You can buy bundles of gems to spend on extra buffs and boosts for your characters."

This is incorrect. You can purchase no in-game advantages through real-world money, only additional heroes (which provide variety, and can also be unlocked through gameplay), and scrolls (which can also be bought through currency earned in-game, and work according to an equivalent exchange principle, where some stats are increased, others lowered, allowing the player to specialize heroes without offsetting competitive balance).

I also do not agree on the comment regarding depth, and suspect it is derived from lack of playtime, experience and experimentation; Bug Heroes 2 is perhaps one of the deepest competitive multiplayer experiences for the platform, and can stand proudly next to most desktop MOBAs in terms of variety, sophistication and strategic elements. This is more subjective, of course, which is why I don't expect a correction of the article on this point ;)

Lastly, why the subtitle? The review itself mentions no bugs of the non-insect kind, and there are exceptionally few in the game. As fun as yet another bug joke might be to some readers (or reporters), it misinforms the readers.
 
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