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Claiming to have brought the first action/real-time strategy game to Android, the developers at Maya released Legendary Heroes to the Market yesterday. The game's overall structure and style are highly reminiscent of Defense of the Ancients (DotA), a popular mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, meaning Legendary Heroes is almost sure to be a hit.

The game centers on "quick and intense matches," in which players control up to three heroes, fighting to destroy the enemy and their "source," while leveling up and gaining new abilities. Legendary Heroes promises hours of gameplay, a dynamic set of heroes - each with their own unique powers - and the ability to push characters to their potential with power ups. The official Legendary Heroes YouTube channel has a ton of videos showcasing each hero, and showing off the game's overall awesomeness. Ready? Here we go:

While Legendary Heroes is free to play, it is a "freemium" game, meaning there are optional in-game purchases. For those concerned about just how optional these purchases really are, appadvice.com offers some comforting words: "Like other freemium games, players can unlock characters or upgrade armor. The game does not need coin purchases to get through. There are 30 levels and, as long as you are an efficient fighter, you don’t need the extras."

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There's no doubt – Legendary Heroes is a great game. It has polished, interesting environments, a great selection of heroes, easy-to-learn gameplay and controls, and hours upon hours of play. Adding to its playability is the "quick match" mode, which allows players to go through a one-off match, which translates to quick on-the-go play that doesn't require too much of a time commitment.

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Considering that Legendary Heroes is free to play, there's no reason not to pick it up and give it a try. Just hit the Market link below to grab the download.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Was psyched when I discovered this game today. Works great on the Epic Touch 4G (SGSII) and the Transformer Prime so far.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Aaand it crashed on the Prime after the 2nd level of the campaign. Thankfully, the progress was saved.

      I think it'll take a bit for all the bugs to be ironed out, which is expected for a game of this complexity.

      Edit: 2 more levels, and another crash on loading the 5th one. It looks like it has memory leaks and perhaps runs out of memory periodically (although I haven't seen any such crashes yet on my SGS II).

  • Desarth

    Says your device isn't compatible with this item... I'm on MIUI 2.2.17 SGS2.

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    I'd rather pay $2-$3 for this than have it freemium. But hey, looks like a great game, will try it out on my Transformer Prime when I get it (tomorrow!)

    • D. K. Kraft

      I heartily agree, and I'm quite disappointed that app/game developers seem to be taking this route more often than not.

      Personally, I'd rather have app developers use the trial and/or shareware model, and get rid of this ad-based/freemium paradigm. Offer a trial program so users can see if they want to pay a reasonable price for the full app or game, or a timed-use/less-features version that can be unlocked when purchased.

      Given that so-called smartphones are in reality handheld computers, I truly don't understand why the software purchasing models that work for the PC can't be applied to the Android platform.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    For those wondering if the map remains the same all the time, it looks like it changes on the 4th level.

  • Gold D Roger

    lol this game has the exact same game play, style and idea as league of legend..looks like a rip off...well its good..

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Sure it's similar, but so is DotA, and probably many other games. It's a genre.

      Plus, LoL is not available on Android.

  • Eric

    I don't hate freemium as a concept, but there are good ways to do it, and bad ways. The way it's done here completely turned me off the game.

    • Dandmcd

      Agreed, I was turned off after the 2nd level by the fact it was already trying to push me to pay for diamonds to get power ups and an extra character. It was a bit obscene to look at.

      Give me a $4.99 option after the trial and be done with it developers! Why can't there be both a "freemium" and "pay for everything" option?

      • Al

        100% agree, I won't even bother trying freemium games anymore. I wonder if anyone is actually looking into whether this model actually makes more money than others.

  • SK

    Freemium games are a turn off for me too. Not even going to waste my time installing it. Freemium games have to be designed from the ground up to push you to buy stuff, so a "pay" for all option really won't work -- since it doesn't make sense to make all the power ups available in the 1st level.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I agree about the freemium games too, but you don't really have to pay unless you want to. Play the whole game without paying. When multiplayer comes though, that'll be a whole other business.

  • kenny chung

    I hope their Freemium model is the same as league of legends.
    When it comes to games like this, I just feel it gives the best of both worlds.

  • sameum

    the controls are lacking... They make it so difficult to control multiple hero's