Battle Alien Invaders in Random Heroes 2

Aliens are invading the Earth! Where are they from? Who knows. What do they want? Good question. One thing is for sure: they must be stopped! The only ones up to the task are the stars of Random Heroes 2, a menagerie of warriors assembled to take on the bad guys on their home turf. Much like its predecessor, Random Heroes, your army and your arsenal must adapt and get stronger in order to destroy the menace that threatens the planet. Think you’re up to the task? Find out what your mission entails after the jump!

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Taking Control

Controls for the game are basic A-and-B, with the former acting as your attack button and the latter serving as the jump key. A also lets players fire into the air at higher-up targets — a added skill for this round of bouts. All that’s required is pressing it and slightly directing your thumb upward. Press B and your chosen character will be able to drop down to certain lower platforms.

The controller layout for Random Heroes 2 keeps the buttons below the action.

The controller layout for Random Heroes 2 keeps the buttons below the action.

The character players start out with, the Bandit, comes armed with a 9-mm. It’s enough to fight off the bad aliens, but players shouldn’t expect to do so in a hurry. At its most basic, the weapon will have to land six shots to eliminate the weakest enemies.

The Bandit also doesn’t possess the greatest durability, so it’s crucial that he takes advantage of his jumping skills and remains patient during attack maneuvers.

Big Guns, Big Personalities

Upgrading is the main method of accomplishing the 90 or so stages presented in Random Heroes 2. As mentioned earlier, players will start out as the Bandit and will be armed with a 9-mm. After destroying aliens, they will drop coins that can be collected and added to your stash. While blue coins are good, picking up dropped or floating gold coins will earn players five times the cash. Now, that money can be used to purchase weapon upgrades or, if you’d like to give the Bandit some company on his quest, you can buy new characters found under the “Costumes” button.

Uzis, flamethrowers, lasers, rifles and more are among your weapons of choice in Random Heroes 2.

Uzis, flamethrowers, lasers, rifles and more are among your weapons of choice in Random Heroes 2.

For packing a better piece, three measurements are presented for guns: damage, rate of fire and stability. As expected, damage refers to how powerful a weapon is. The heftier the gun, the more likely it is to obliterate baddies quickly, but that’s not to say rate of fire can’t be equally beneficial. This refers to how quickly the gun fires off bullets, lasers, flames and what have you. Stability seems to refer to how well your chosen characters are able to handle the gun without being knocked flat on their rump. While some guns blasts through villains more easily, smaller guns can be continuously upgraded so that they provide relatively powerful zaps, so in this case keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better.

Expand your alien-slaughtering army by exchanging coins for teammates.

Expand your alien-slaughtering army by exchanging coins for teammates.

As far as characters go, there are plenty of personalities in Random Heroes 2. Taking the space jaunt to the alien home world along with the Bandit are heroes as varied as hobos, hippies and princesses. The Brawler from the Beatdown app is also playable once purchased. Each member of the team has a talent that suits them for specific segments of the mission and some of them posses helpful abilities, such as having fuller life gauges, holding up against attacks, being able to see enemies’ life gauges or possessing an ability to float in the air longer.

The list of characters includes bandits, gentlemen, punks, lumberjacks, hippies, bank robbers and many more. One of the cool parts about Random Heroes 2 is the interchangeability of team members. After buying heroes from the shop, players are able to utilize their roster at any point during gameplay.

Switch between characters during missions.

Switch between characters during missions.

Reaching for the Stars

Slaughtering the invading aliens can be fun, but there are additional objectives. On each stage, there ate three stars. Collecting all of them will rank a player higher in the standings. Some of these stars are on plain sight, while others may require going into a secret room — but more on that in a bit. Players will occasionally find crystal skulls placed throughout levels. These can be coveted objects, as they’re often exchangeable — along with coins — to buy weapons upgrades. Of course, if you’re not so good at collecting the skulls, they can be purchased from the store for a not-so-cheap price.

The creatures from another planet are anything but easy. Attack strategically and carefully.

The creatures from another planet are anything but easy. Attack strategically and carefully.

Hidden Dens

At various points within Random Heroes 2, characters may walk or fall into seemingly hidden rooms. There aren’t always clues that a player is about to enter into one, but once there, collect all the coins, stars, crystal skulls and first-aid kits (which replenish life gauges) that you find. Additionally, some stages may require your heroes to travel through these areas to find the doors. Walk through these and you will complete that stage. Didn’t find all the stars or want to hunt for more skulls? Simply head back to the menu and re-select the stage for a repeat visit.

Get them before they get you!

Get them before they get you!

Is Random Heroes 2 Required Playing?

In one way, Random Heroes 2 is a disappointment. This is the kind of game where players should be able to run amok and shoot whatever came in on an unidentified flying object. But that isn’t the case: Working your way through missions requires tactical and technical prowess, paying attention and patience. It’s because those qualities are required why Random Heroes 2 is worth playing. The game manages to challenge while it entertains, but never swings the pendulum too far in either direction. It’s simple enough to learn from your mistakes and to replay past stages, but it ups its ante with your progression to encourage players to move forward. It’s also an edge-of-your-seat kind of game that’s difficult to put down once you’ve started.


Summary

An elite force of random heroes travels into space to zap aliens and stop them from invading Earth.

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