Fire Emblem Heroes, one of the newest Nintendo mobile titles, plays very much like an old-school video game worthy of carrying the Fire Emblem brand. Players are thrown into a medieval-like fantasy world of knights, archers and magic, and tasked with summoning a group of heroes with whom you could save the world. Different heroes have different skills, and part of the fun is figuring out how to make them work together most effectively. Players can add new heroes by using summoning stones. With the right team assembled, you can soar through grid-based battle against the enemy — in this case a suitably evil bunch of baddies trying to destroy the world.

The game is free-to-play, but you can buy items to help you move along in the game if you want. (But you don’t have to.) You can also add friends within the game, which gives you some rewards. To enjoy this game, you don’t have to be familiar with the Fire Emblem series — newbies will understand how to play it. But it probably has some added value for those who know and love the franchise, if only for the smiles prompted by seeing familiar faces.

Free, for iOS and Android devices.

Hayley Tsukayama