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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  1. May 3, 2012
    "Fable Heroes" is an XBLA action game, which costs 800ms points and mixes various styles, as Beat Em Up, board games and mini-games. It presents a cutesy graphic look, with puppets of characters inspired by the world of Fable, and locations of the game, but the features of Fable stops there.

    The graphics are hand drawn with 3D effects, and very colorful and vibrant, despite adopting a
    more childish impersonation, as in "Fairy Tales". In general, the scenarios have a good building, with many details, and they are more interesting than the action itself. The musical style and sound of the game is well animated and fits the action.

    The basic gameplay is a style of action as in "Castle Crashers" (but without violence, of course), which goes by the stage in a side-scroller way, defeating wave after wave of enemies, and destroying items and enemies to release coins of various sizes (used to buy upgrades), with bosses at the end of some stages.

    The game commands have a simple basis: B to Roll, A to do some actions, quick strikes with the X, slow and strong with Y and specials with RT, basically.

    You play with 3 other characters that can be controlled by AI or by friends, both offline and online, and you face the enemies with them, each character collecting coins for themselves. Each character can be selected at the beginning of each stage, and have distinct visual, weapons and abilities, and with time we get more different characters to select and play.

    Also in the stages there are chest with temporary power-ups, and certain icons for "good or bad", that can bring beneficial or harmful effects to the other characters in your party.

    At the end of each stage, you can enter a mini-game reminiscent of various existing games, such as Vina Pinata and Rio, for example, where you face your friends for a final ranking. After that, it falls on a board game, "Monopoly" style, where you roll the dice and falls in homes that allow, depending on the house, to change the appearance of characters, weapons, or upgrades to your abilities to be used in the central gameplay the game, with the coins that are collected in the stages.

    In short, the game features a mixed style of gameplay, but based centrally on Beat em Up and with sequences of mini-games - like any game where you can play with your friends is fun, but with the repetition and little variation of the action can become boring. The positive features of the game are the happy and funny visuals and the low price (10US$).

    It is a reasonable option for anyone who wants a casual game, to play with friends, and enjoy the style of Beat Em Up, but remind there are better options on the market.
  2. May 5, 2012
    Nice little game to break the monotony of fps, my wife loves it and we both get chieves....if you liked castle crashers you'll like this as well. easy achievements for the most part and excellent replay value
  3. May 2, 2012
    I thought this was a fun game! I recommend this for anyone looking for a great multi player side scrolling beat em up adventure game! The whole board game feel in between levels reminds me a bit of Mario Party, and the pick up n play action is similar to Castle Crashers. This downloadable title may not be a masterpiece, but a well done, simple game! Worth the ten bucks for sure.
  4. Kpo
    May 3, 2012
    Nice little game. The sort of game that is just pure fun with a group of friends. It's based on the Fable world (selectable characters, enemies, locations and even some of the humor) but it's obviously not a "Fable game" it's just a fun little (and cheap!) game on the side. Nothing particularly innovative but still very fun to play. The soundtrack is particularly good, the same sort of feel as Donkey Kong, just for that it is worth the £5/$10. I also enjoyed the way you "level up" where you roll a die and move round a board, each tile is a category of skills you can improve. Expand
  5. May 9, 2012
    A real disappointment,what were they thinking?Fable pub games is better than this garbage.Go back and play through Fable 2 or 3 again,that would be more enjoyable then wasting even 5 minutes or 5 cents on this.
  6. May 4, 2012
    Six words: Like Castle Crashers minus the fun. If you haven't played Castle Crashers, then download that instead of this steaming pile of mundanity. If you have, then go and play it again rather than waste you time with this.
  7. Jun 15, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After playing Fable 2 and not liking the ending of the game and playing through Fable 3 and again not liking the ending, I wanted to give the people of Lionhead Studios a second chance by playing the X-box Arcade game Fable Heroes. Throughout the game, the player is able to relive memorable places in Albion, such as Bowerstone, Mistpeak etc and not so memorable (The Credits). After completing the game, the player is able to play the same missions but under "Dark Albion" (like the events in Fable 3). This makes the missions harder and difficult enemies to defeat. Positives
    For an arcade game, the graphics were quite nice
    For fans of the series, they may like going through these levels again (as a puppet)
    All the money you have in the game can then be traded on to the next game of the franchise (Fable:The Journey)

    Nobody plays this game so it maybe difficult to get the online achievements
    The levels in the game are very repetitive Having "The Credits" as a level seems a bit cheap as they could not think of any other things to lengthen the game

    The Rating I would have to give Fable: Heroes a 3 out of 10
  8. Dec 26, 2012
    A really nice hack-n-slash game that introduces the Fable franchise to children. It borrows levels and enemies from all the Fable titles and allows those too young for the regular series to enjoy the world of Albion. The game has a lot of charm: the minigames. the ability board, the puppet theatre, the adorable art, the collectable characters, the chicken kicking all serve to make the game highly enjoyable, and the ability to transfer gold to Fable =: The Journey was a nice add-on. Recommended for children 6-10, or to those who just enjoy a good hack-n-slash. Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 58
  2. Negative: 20 out of 58
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    Lionhead's attempt to make the Fable franchise accessible to younger generations doesn't hit the goal spot on. Clunky controls, boring combat and a character system that solely relies on luck aren't the best building blocks for a game for kids. If a parent take's part as an wingman, Fable Heroes offers relatively good fun for couple of hours. [June 2012]
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    Vaguely enjoyable. [Issue#86, p.101]
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    Almost nothing in Fable Heroes seems well-designed or carefully thought out. Its incoherent visual design is wrapped around a poorly-tuned beat 'em up with an obfuscated progression system, spiced with lousy mini-games. The total absence of story or even silly dialogue is likely to put off fans of the flagship Fable games, and without that draw it's difficult to see why anyone would bother. One or two interesting ideas poke through, but Fable Heroes is a failure.