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By The Power of Grayskull… He-Man Turned 30

Where.  Has.  The.  Time.  Gone?

Growing up, my best friend and I would pretend that we were Teela and He-Man, imagining the other kids in our neighborhood were Skeletor, Evil-Lyn and his notorious henchmen.

He-Man was my childhood hero.  I even loved the critically panned 1987 movie Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren.  Dolph was He-Man in the flesh!  And he was awesome, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.  True story:  about a month ago, I MET Dolph.  I had just undergone emergency surgery for a hematoma in my right breast after a large tumor was removed and I’ve been confined to this ugly surgical bra during my recovery period.  I walked right up to Dolph, gave him a sharpie and said, “He-Man was my childhood hero.  You’re him to me.  I just had this nasty surgery and my bra sucks.  Will you please sign it?”  Dolph laughed and held the sharpie up in the air mockingly and said, “By the power of Grayskull!” (I almost fainted) and he proceeded to sign my bra: “I HAVE THE POWER!”.  Now my surgical bra doesn’t suck anymore.  He-Man signed it:

Then, two weeks later – as if lightening stuck He-Man’s Power Sword yet again – I get an email for an advanced copy of the new iOS game, He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe!!  AND IT’S SO MUCH FUN!!  It’s an awesome 2D, side-scrolling, hack and slash, beat ’em up that starts with Skeletor luring He-Man into one of his nefarious traps.  Skeletor yells, “You muscle-bound buffoon!  You’ve given me the keys to Grayskull!  Soon, I’ll be the most powerful man in the universe.”   I love Skeletor.  He has the greatest laugh.  And, seriously… I still have ALL my original He-Man action figures.

But now it’s up to you, as He-Man, to track down Skeletor and his henchmen (including Hordak! … who was originally Skeletor’s mentor in She-Ra lore) through seven zones across the map of Eternia, like Snake Mountain, Eternos Palace and Castle Grayskull itself.  Each zone has around 3-5 levels, with the additional feature that’s now common to several of the better mobile games: each level challenges players to collect up to three stars by killing enemies, collecting crystals and finding “lore” symbols, which unlock special features.

For only $0.99, this game is packed with nostalgia, humor and great gameplay.  Playing on an iPad 3, I was actually impressed at how challenging this game was for the price.  There will be times where you will be amazed by how many enemies and projectiles have amassed on your screen… dying to things that you feel far more skilled to defeat at this level of your mobile gaming experience.  Luckily you’ll have Orko’s “Game of Chance” that could win you an instant resurrection.

There are a few collision issues sometimes, when turning and jumping, but overall it’s a smooth experience.  Collecting crystals will gain you access to the Sorceress’ Store where you can buy some of He-Man’s more powerful attacks and power-ups.  Like most mobile games on the market, there is an option to simply use real money to buy crystals in order to move your game play along faster.  So many mobile games use in-app purchasing bait to the max, and, inevitably it ruins the game for me… but I strongly feel like Chillingo and Mattel worked hard to avoid the necessity to force players into spending the extra cash.  Staying true to He-Man’s epic franchise by including beloved characters like Man-At-Arms, Beast-Man, and Mer-Man, while utilizing three-star goals along with achievements… He-Man: The Most Powerful Game In The Universe will keep you coming back for more!

Check out the trailer and download the game here!


Featured Image via Mcvuk.com 

Additional Images via Vinilnet.Blogspot, MicheleMorrow.com, Chillingo / Mattel / EA