Many games have tried to create a good hybrid of matching puzzle games and RPGs, but few have succeeded quite as well as Hero Emblems [$3.99], from developer Heat Pot Games. Cute graphics, engaging gameplay, a somewhat mysterious translation, and the fact that it was a paid game in a genre that has almost entirely migrated to free-to-play all helped the game stand out from the pack. While the game got a couple of updates post-release, the developers soon got to work on a sequel. It's still a ways off from release, but Hero Emblems 2 was playable at Tokyo Game Show 2016.

So, bad news first: the developers have said the game probably won't be ready until late 2017 at best. The good news is that even though the first game didn't make as much as it probably deserved to, the developers have opted to stay the course and make the sequel a paid game, rather than go free-to-play. The graphics have received a big overhaul, but the gameplay is largely familiar at this stage of the game's development. There are a few small tweaks, like the healer being able to attack if no one needs healing, but generally speaking, this is more of an extra helping of what you enjoyed before than anything else. There's a new cast of characters, new monsters, and a new problem to save the world from, but the basic mechanics and underlying structure mirror the original game closely.

For those who couldn't get enough of Hero Emblems, that's probably all they want, though. And with a year left in the game's development cycle, who knows what might be added? We'll bring you more information on Hero Emblems 2 as we get it, and you can always drop by the forum thread for some discussion, but if nothing else, at least we know that it's coming, right? The developers feel quite strongly about the paid model, so let's hope they get rewarded a little better this time for their efforts.

  • Mysterious Heroine X

    Wow this totally made my day. Had no idea there was a sequel being made until I saw this post. So much hype! The wait is definitely a drag but man.. the first installment is an iOS classic for me.

  • zergslayer69

    Man, first game is so long I'm still chipping away at it!

    • jabbasoft

      I just finished it on easy mode. Might finish on expert mode by the time the sequel comes out 🙂

  • RichRuzz

    Wow I'm excited about this! 😀

  • HippoHumper

    Great news, great article but I would also consider the fact that the first game didn't make as much as they'd hoped to be bad news as well. It really sucks that the monetary landscape of iOS gaming is as such that developers have to consider making a game a full premium game a hard or tough decision. I don't hate f2p simply on principle alone and believe if done right it can be a great tool for monetizing games for developers and gamers alike but the fact that most devs don't even have the option of choosing realistically if they want to make ANY money on a new game is what sucks. I respect the hell out of these guys for sticking no with the framework for their game that they believe in or at the very least want for their game despite the possibility of reduced sales. I already planned to buy this game cuz I loved the first but I'll be looking to buy any other games these guys make even if it's not in a genre I usually play just because I really respect and want to support people like this team. On the off chance the developers are reading this thread and this post I really want to wish you guys all the luck in the future with this second game and in terms of the first you've made a truly great game that I and many others I know really enjoy.

  • Discostallion

    Hero Emblems was on my wish list, but the combination of the above post, & it being on sale, prompted me to purchase it ahead of schedule. I didn't actually expect to have time to play it, but...

    ...it's been great fun, and I've logged about 3h since yesterday, lol. Hero Emblems had been the perfect compliment to Templar Battleforce; giving me something easy to pick up & play when time, or brain power are short.

  • Styrixa

    Best in it's genre. Any updates?