Summary: It's surprising that there aren't more dungeon-crawling role-playing games on portable systems, given that the mindless combat and compulsive need to scour caverns for loot seems like a perfect handheld fit, a situation where one can just pick up, grind away, and put down whenever needed.
Excerpt: Heroes of Ruin is the Diablo for the Nintendo 3DS. Square Enix did something Family Friendly Gaming has been asking for - for years. They made it less violent. Heroes of Ruin is also not as dark as the Diablo franchise.
Excerpt: This extensive adventure game puts the genre right in the palm of your hands with an engaging, action experience bolstered by a user-friendly, touch controlled inventory system and consistent new downloadable content.
Pros: deep role-playing experience in a handheld format, StreetPass/SpotPass features, variety, cooperative play options, fun/satisfying combat, great introductory game to the RPG/dungeon crawling game genre
Cons: only one difficulty setting, mid to low challenge level
Excerpt: On the surface Heroes of Ruin doesn't appear to have a lot going for it. A third person looter for the Nintendo 3DS and veteran developer n-Space's biggest project to date, its look and feel aren't particularly original, and neither is its story at first.
Excerpt: As developer n-Space does not tire of reminding us, Heroes of Ruin goes out of its way to make use of nearly every element in the 3DS' feature-set. The result is an action-RPG that certainly looks complete on paper.
brings a needed genre to the system. However, it does it at the bare minimum needed. All the mechanics are there, but nothing is really added to set it apart from the other games in the genre. However, fans of the genre looking for something portable won’t be disappointed.
Excerpt: While there is certainly no shortage of Action RPG's, akin to Diablo , available on handhelds ( Dungeon Siege II and Untold Legends for PSP, Dungeon Hunter for Vita, and many more) they all seem very cookie cutter, and missing some important features that would otherwise make the game feel complete.
Summary: : Heroes of Ruin is fine as a “baby’s first hack-and-slash”Â� sort of experience, or as a handheld experience for those who have none, but taken on its own merits, its solid gameplay and design are beaten down by its lack of originality, challenge and options.