Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

Helllo.

There is a game that you totally need to get that you probably haven't heard of yet.  That game is Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes (let's just call it CoH).  I've always thought that the name Might and Magic was always a bit generic.  Due to my general lack of PC gaming knowledge I have no experience with the old games, so the name just holds no significance for me.  Also since all of the recent games have been pretty lousy by all accounts, I had no reason to ever pay attention to the name at all.

This game really has nothing to do with those games.  For one it is developed by Capybara Games.  They are one of coolest little developers ever.  They made Critter Crunch, which is a cool little puzzle game that is available for iPhone and PS3.  There is a demo available on both platforms so you have no excuse not to try it.  So go.  I'll even give you links.  I'll wait.

Critter Crunch  Critter Crunch

Critter Crunch Lite  Critter Crunch Lite

See? Wasn't that awesome?  Blows all of those match puzzle clones out of the water, eh?  You did buy it right?  The iPhone version is all of $2.  The PS3 version is $7 but it is so damn pretty and adds multi player and some new modes so it is totally worth it, too.  

CoH is a puzzle rpg.  I know, your first thought is Puzzle Quest.  This is nothing like that.  The mechanics are simple.  You are on one end of the field and your opponent is on the other.  You take turns making 3 moves (usually) at a time trying to make matches of three like colored units.  Horizontal matches make defensive walls, while vertical matches make offensive formations.  Seems easy enough but as the game goes on the complexity ratchets up by adding different unit types and lots of rpg stats and customization.  

Also this game is totally self aware.  It may say Might and Magic on it, but it has almost nothing to do with the original series.  It requires no previous knowledge of the series.  It also comes off as a bit tongue in cheek.  Really it makes the whole generic fantasy shtick palatable.  I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise from people that make shirts like this

It's a great production all around really and everyone seems to like it.  IGN likes it.  Edge gave it a 9, and they hate everything.  Hell, it's the 18th best reviewed of all time on Metacritic.  Just thought that you should know about it since it might fall below your radar.  Now go get it before it is impossible to find.