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Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (2009) is a strategic battle puzzle where you position units to form patterns that determine how they behave. The play combines the simple matching of Candy Crush with the complex strategy of Advance Wars or Fire Emblem. It stands out not only for the entertaining idea but for how well it develops this while still balancing complexity with approachability.

You control a range of heroes from different factions. In each battle enemy troops are shown on one grid and your units are shown on the other. Each turn you move your units around the grid aiming to stack similarly colored units vertically or horizontally. This triggers them to start charging for an attack that lands a few goes later. Matching them horizontally and you can create a defensive wall.

The aim is to trigger these attacks to take out enemy units they align with and hopefully inflict damage on their hero. As you progress you learn to master this matching and positional strategy. The game takes this central idea and really leans into the tactical puzzle element (rather than just scaling difficulty) using it in a fascinating range of challenges and conundrums. The fixed board missions with a limited number of moves to "solve" add another dimension.

The result is a tactical game that is simpler than games that offer free movement of your units, but no less strategic. But also, it offers more in-depth play than games like Puzzle Quest or Critter Crunch. It evolves beautifully so that by the end you are taking on challenges in entirely new ways.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Fighting and Sequencing elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Lastly, a multiplayer mode is also included, featuring two playable heroes in DS Download Play mode, and all ten heroes in DS Wireless Play mode.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 24 hours and 32 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Bad Language, Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes. As players explore a fantasy world, they interact with characters and engage in turn-based battles against enemy generals. Players match units (e.g., archers, swordsmen, knights) into groups of three or more to perform attacks/actions. Some attacks/actions include weapons strikes and casting magic spells. Battles are highlighted by impact sounds, mild explosions, and screen-shaking effects. A handful of sequences depict dead bodies and a character killed by a magical blast. The word "damnable" appears in the game.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Really young players can enjoy the matching aspect. To do well you need to be able to plan ahead and create strategies. Players also need to weigh up different options to pick the most powerful outcome for their units.

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Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The game was originally on DS and used the two screens for each battle grid. It came to other formats, and is now being released as Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - Definitive Edition on modern consoles. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/12/2009, updated in 2011

Out Now: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Fighting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels

Developer: Capy Games (@CapyGames)


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