I was totally unaware of Heroes and Legends' existence. To be honest, my email is usually populated by AAA title press releases, and Marvel press releases. So when I get the chance to take a look at an indie game, I take my time with it because the longer I spend with an indie title, the less with a AAA game. I like that, because enough money goes to marketing those games anyway.
Heroes and Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar is a short and small RPG from Cuve Games and Phoenix Online Publishing. The game is turn based but at the same time, very fast paced as if it is in real time. Remember that ATB gauge from Final Fantasy 13? Combat flows like that, except you don't input an attack command. I will get to that in the moment.
You play as five characters all working towards the same goal, and that is to save the world against tyranny. The game's story is pretty generic fantasy, and you can easily ignore it. However, you won't be disappointed if you do take the time to read through all the cutscenes.
This game is very simple, there aren't flashy animations or long drawn out cutscenes. Heroes and Legends is meant to start up, play, and leave. I played a lot while waiting for my queue times to pop in Warframe or Smite. It is a great game to kill time with because of the accessibility of the combat.
You have three characters in a party, each one has to wait for a bar to fill up to do an attack but you can use skills before, this games for some quick combos. Characters only attack what is in their row, so you will never fight more than three creatures at a time. Every second that passes a skill gets closer to being off cooldown. But there is a catch, the character must be in combat to have the timer count down. This way you can't cheese the enemy out on attacks or infinite healing since there is no secondary resource in this game.
You can also use equipment, there are three types of equipment, offensive hand, defensive hand, and armor. You can find your main hand and off-hand weapons during battles but you must create the armor in the forge. Now unfortunately, I did not know how the recycle system worked at first so I missed out on a lot of early resources. But you can earn resources by recycling old items you earn in battle or by completing specific events. In addition to the main story there is a challenge mode that tests your strategy skills, and it gives you something to do after you beat the game.
The art is bright and colorful and the music is hardly noticeable. However, Heroes and Legends is an oddly fun game to kill time with and for 10 bucks you get enough game to keep you occupied. I give Heroes and Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar an 8/10. You can get it on Steam now.