Call for Heroes Can't Overcome Hang-Ups
Some games should never see the light of day other than as a free shareware download, and Call for Heroes Pompolic Wars falls in that category. It will take you about two minutes of play to realize you wasted your money.
Billed as a hack-and-slash Diablo clone, the game features graphics that look more like 1997's Hexen, and the gameplay is more like a 3-D Pac-Man weaving his way through various levels of hell.
The story, revealed only in the manual and not in the game itself, centers on dark souls that are infecting the land; you must collect them. The souls look like skulls and are hidden in each level. Once you collect them all, a portal opens to the next level. When you have conquered 18, you fight a boss monster. Lesser monsters chase you, shooting fireballs and generally trying to stop you as you look for hidden souls.
Call for Heroes skimps in several areas. It offers only two playable characters and a choice of three special abilities to start, so don't expect customization. To fight, simply mash the left mouse button. When playing the quick-footed Amazon, the best strategy is to run through the levels picking up the souls and not fighting at all.
This is a call best left unanswered.
-- John Breeden II
Call for Heroes Pompolic Wars Teen; PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista ($20) Strategy First Call for Heroes Pompolic Wars Teen; PC Windows 2000/XP/Vista ($20) Strategy First