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+ incredibly sympathetic humor
+ incredibly motivating short-term gameplay
+ demanding bonus objectives to tactics and toss
+ excellent retro music
+ short but funny multiplayer
+ cool insider allusions
+ short loading time
I Dont Like:
- the main objectives of the quests too easy
By the time you finished reading the name of this title, you would have wasted a great deal of time which could have been spent saving the world. Time is the central theme in this game, with everything centering on the precious seconds wasting away. The Time Goddess has chosen you out of countless others to save the world, which you must do in a mere 30 seconds; otherwise, the Spell of Destruction cast by the local bad-guy will release a cataclysmic event upon the world.
Half-Minute Hero revels in its clichés, and its story holds up for this reason alone. There is a terrific feeling of satire in every line, and pop culture references and genre in-jokes pervade the text. The terrific 8-bit visuals only add to this, particularly the blown up, super-pixellated sprites.
The entire game is an homage to the classic RPG formula that we've grown accustomed to over the years. Even the music has an 8-bit charm to it, but manages to avoid the tinny, ear-splitting quality of the old days, providing the perfect atmosphere for the wacky adventures that occur every thirty seconds.
You'll start as a simple blond boy who gets charged with saving the world. Seems an evil dude has been wandering the countryside giving slightly less evil dudes a spell that destroys the Earth in 30 seconds, and it's up to you to stop these plots. Along for the ride is the Time Goddess.
Aside from briefing you on the situation every time you start a quest, the Goddess will also give you a fresh 30 seconds every time you pray to one of her statues. The catch is that praying costs money, and the price of prayer goes up each time you use it.
The game also generates a brilliant sense of progression. While your level will return to one in each stage, your entire inventory transfers from its previous point.
So not only do you get the feeling of becoming bigger and better during each stage, but watching as your hero turns from a weedy sprout in plain clothes armed with a stick to a mighty warrior in full armour and an axe bigger than most of your enemies results in a particularly proud feeling.
Coming in a close second on my favorite modes of the game is Princess 30. Here, the King has fallen ill and it's up to the Princess to venture out into the unforgiving world and find items that could save her dad. Of course, it turns out the Ultimate Evil has a hand in all this, but no one knows how. With fear afoot, the Queen is only willing to leave the castle door open for 30 seconds so you have to get out there, get past the monsters, get the item, and get back.
If all four modes are completed, the game will be the final available: Hero 300. This game mode is identical to hero 30, with the exception that there is only one map, 300 seconds instead of thirty you have, and the timer can not be reset. For those who is still a crazy challenge an optional mode available on completion of the game, with the title Hero 3. I'll leave that one to your imagination.
Half-Minute Hero also comes equipped with multiplayer which, like the rest of the game, is also very simple to understand but also very enjoyable to play. You choose an area and then you and someone else have to go around and complete the quest in that stage.
Interaction with the other player is actually minimal, you might occasionally stray into their fight or see them shopping as you are leaving the village. The multiplayer is enhanced by the way that it has the same timer for both players, forcing the players not only to compete against each other but work together for mutual gain. The more you pray the more it costs to reset the timer, so it becomes a very thrilling event as the timer closes on zero and you’re both unwilling to foot the bill for the reset.
Overall, Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy is a very nice game with fantastic characters. The parody of an RPG is great and the jump to the 8-bit style is awesome.
If the music had a bit more variety and if minor tweaks were made to the graphics, the game would have been slightly more enjoyable. Its definitely worth the investment and you will get a satisfaction and longevity way beyond its price tag.
Score: 79 / 100
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