Summoners Era: Arena Of Heroes – The “Hero Summon” Machine
The “idle RPG” concept is very popular lately. We first saw this concept in games like Idle Heroes years ago: Such games allow players to play games using RPG mechanics without any difficulties. In fact, we can say that these games play themselves! Even if you are offline, your heroes continue to fight and earn XP points. Of course, such games also include gacha mechanics: You have to constantly “summon” to find the strongest heroes. This is a concept we like, but to tell the truth, very few games can create a difference. Most games do not go beyond being a copy of Idle Heroes. So, how’s the situation for Summoners Era: Arena Of Heroes? Can it offer a unique experience or is it an ordinary copy? You can find the answer to this question in our review.
What To Expect From Summoner Era: Arena Of Heroes
Summoners Era starts by showing you how to make a summon and lets you understand that this is the most important mechanic in the game. There are three types of summon: premium, basic, and friendship. As it is almost always the case, you are allowed to make a free premium summon at the beginning of the game. As we will explain in detail in the BlueStacks setup guide, you can use this feature in your favor and continue making premium summons until you find the strongest heroes.
This is the first screen you see and it pretty much tells you what to expect from the game. Yes, this is a “summon machine”.
And these are the summon rates: Yes, getting a 5-star hero will be quite hard.
Then, you fight your first battle in a tutorial mission. Here, the basic battle mechanics of the game are shown. Unfortunately, they are no different from Idle Heroes (and a dozen games like it) so there is nothing new to learn. We can summarize the combat system as follows:
There are 5 slots in your party and you can place a hero in each. You have to determine the hero positions according to the abilities they have. For example, heroes with weak HP should be placed behind.
The battle is completely automatic. You cannot give orders to your heroes – the only thing you can do is watch. The usual “elements” system is also available in Summoners Era: Arena Of Heroes. There are 6 elements in total and you can get a 30% damage bonus + 15% accuracy bonus by paying attention to them.
Your heroes will keep fighting automatically in the “battle” screen. This is an automatic battle that never ends. You have an “idle chest” on this screen: You can open it after a while and collect lots of XP points. And if you are thinking that “wait, did I not see this feature before?”, yes, you did. Once again, it was available in Idle Heroes.
This is the chest we are talking about.
That’s Basically It
Summon new heroes, fight with them, and keep grinding on this hamster wheel: That’s basically the whole game. There are, of course, a couple of interesting features too. For example, you can pick a “summoner” to represent you in the game. During the battle, you cannot target the enemy summoner and attack him/her directly (the same thing applies to you too). However, you can use the special skill of your summoner to help your heroes. Each one has a different skill to use – the first summoner you get at the beginning, for example, has an attack that deals 80% damage to all enemies. At the time of this review, there were 6 summoners to use.
There is also a blacksmith you can use to craft new equipment. Crafting costs gold, which is the basic currency of the game. You can easily win it, even by being “idle”. In other words, you will always have enough money to craft high-level equipment. This is actually a big advantage: You can craft high-level items for your heroes right from the beginning and make them even stronger.
You can, of course, join a guild, clear dungeons, and climb an endless tower to kill more enemies – we are not saying that Summoners Era: Arena Of Heroes does not have enough features. On the contrary, it has many. We are just saying that it lacks original features: The game does not offer anything we haven’t seen before. Basically, it is a summon machine that mostly plays itself. Once again, we like this kind of games but we played too many of them.
You’ve seen everything on this screen with different names before.
So, is Summoners Era: Arena Of Heroes is a game that brings exciting new features to the idle RPG genre, or is it an Idle Heroes clone? Well, the answer is clear: Summoner Era is a clone. In fact, it is almost an exact copy of Idle Heroes. Check the level up screens and compare them side by side, you will see that there is no difference. However, this does not mean that the Summoners Era is not fun to play. On the contrary, it is as fun as playing Idle Heroes: Being a clone also means that you can get the same fun gameplay. In a way, this game is the “remastered” version of Idle Heroes: It has better graphics and a couple of additional features. It is worth trying for at least a couple of weeks. Yes, you won’t be playing an original game but it will still be a fun experience. That’s why we prepared a couple of guides for this game: If you want the best experience, make sure to take a look at them too.