Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
The world is at an end, and you have 30 seconds to save it!
User reviews: Very Positive (795 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2012

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"The fast paced RPG that asks the question: Can you save the world in 30 seconds? Fast paced action, multiple story modes, and 4th wall jokes."

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September 1

Get this game free.

You can get this game free by buying the sequel!!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/240970/

Buy HMH2 and you will receive:

  • A free copy of the first game: Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy!
  • The complete soundtrack for Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming!

You will not receive extra copy of HMH:SMNCUB if you already have it in your Steam library

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August 26

HMH 2 on sale! LATE ACCESS!

From August 25th until August 31st, purchase the Half Minute Hero Bundle at 33% off and receive:

  • A free copy of the first game: Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy!
  • The complete soundtrack for Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming!
  • A loyalty discount of 50% on Skullgirls until September 7th!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/240970/

If you already own HMH 1, you will not receive an extra copy of the game.

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Reviews

“...never stops being funny.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“...a fantastic and unique game worth experiencing.”
Destructoid

Get Half-Minute Hero free!

You can get this game free by buying the sequel!!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/240970/

Buy HMH2 and you will receive:

  • A free copy of the first game: Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy!
  • The complete soundtrack for Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming!

You will not receive extra copy of HMH:SMNCUB if you already have it in your Steam library

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About This Game

The world is at an end, and you have 30 seconds to save it!

(30… 29… 28…) Start your quest, meet people that need help, fight through dark dungeons, earn money, upgrade your gear and level up, level up, level up until you triumph over evil and take down the final boss!

(30… 29… 28…) The critically acclaimed Hypersonic RPG action game makes its debut on PC, leveled-up and enhanced to be the ultimate version. The most complete Half Minute Hero yet, it contains all the content and the features (21… 20… 19…) from the previous versions on handheld and console platforms, such as “Hero 300” - the challenging 300 second final chapter, (11… 10… 9…) as well as the exciting Knight 30, Hero 30, and Evil Lord 30 bonus game modes, restored to their full glory...

(30… 29… 28…) Let’s try that again – Over 60 RPGs in one game, each with its own leaderboard for you to compete with your friends and full Steamworks integration. 8-bit retro graphics are available for when you are feeling nostalgic. (19… 18… 17…). With only 30 seconds to complete each mission (9… 8… 7…), it has proven to be incredibly addictive and loads of fun!

All the features. All the game modes. Let the 30 second games begin…

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB (includes Direct X files)
    • Video Card: GeForce FX 5700 or equivalent card with 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compliant audio card
    • Additional: Gamepad or controller recommended
Helpful customer reviews
55 of 59 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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I Like:
+ 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
If you've played many RPGs from the NES and SNES era (Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Breath of Fire, Lufia, etc.), then you'll probably find this game hilarious. I know I did. In each level, you have 30 seconds to defeat the local evil lord before he casts the spell of destruction and destroys the entire world. Like, 30 actual seconds, so the gameplay can be quite fast-paced. You fight enemies for gold and xp/levels, buy stuff in towns, talk to people and do sidequests all in this short time limit, but you can turn back the clock by paying the time goddess increasingly large sums of gold. Very fun game, almost like a fast-paced puzzle game dressed up as an oldschool RPG. The levels are short and varied, which made it all too easy for me to lose large chunks of time to the game without noticing.

This edition of the game has two graphic modes, an "anime" style, which looks really amateurish and terrible IMO, and a "retro" style, which looks like a SNES game and is nostalgic and awesome.

The other game modes are fun, too, especially Princess 30, which plays mostly like a scrolling shmup. Hero 300 is pretty epic, too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is one of my favorite game on steam..
30 seconds to save the world
it fulls of jokes.. like the goddess, she is loving and care, but nothing comes free :D
you are fighting different boss and each levels has different rules

I won't say much, i don't want to spoil too much.
I hope there is a discount for it's sequel :P
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
If you want a bit of mindless fun then this game is great for that, there doesn't seem to be a lot of skill involved other then good time management but the games still good for some laughs.. wouldnt pay full or half price for it but if you find it in a humble bundle or for 75% off id pick it up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Back in the days before DIablo and The Elder Scrolls ruled the land, Japanese RPGs were king. Run throughout the land, gaining levels and equipment until you meet the biggest, baddest, eviliest cliche' in the game and kill him. No stat and skill trees to master, no pointless customization, just you on a quest to vanqish an evil that's almost always different than the one you originally set out to defeat. Just you and your countless hours spent grinding away.

This game is all that, except each nefarious fiend must be killed in less than 30 seconds. While this sounds impossible and at least somewhat silly, the way the game presents itself makes it one of the best JRPGs I've ever played.

The game is basically seperated into over 100 mini RPGS with a small overworld in each where you run around and defeat monsters to gain enough power to defeat the resident Evil Lord before it casts its world destroying super evil spell of evil, in 30 seconds.

Since it is basically impossible to even get to the baddie in half a minute, the benevolent Time Goddess will reset time for you at any point, for a fee of course, giving you another 30 seconds to level up, make it to the boss, and kill him. Along the way you gather new equipment that you can keep across stages, although your level resets after every boss,

This all may sound overly simplistic, but there is a lot more under the hood than it seems at first glance. Beat the game and you unlock new modes to play. Complete challenges and sidequests in each stage. Multiplayer, anyone? There is a lot of content for a game that expects you to save the world in 30 seconds!

If you liked the old-school JRPGs like Final Fantasy or Dragon Warrior, this game will make you smile so wide it will connect in the back and your head will fall off. If you just need a quick game to play on break or whenever you have a few minutes to kill, this is better than most.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
It's not a bad game. It's kinda fun. The problem for me is that it's only kinda fun. The gameplay is kind of like a puzzle game, but when you run out of time you have to start the puzzle over from scratch. The core of the puzzle element is deciding how to allocate your precious time, and this sort of challenge really isn't mentally stimulating, it's just a bit annoying. Basically, the core gameplay mechanic of trying to manage your time just isn't quite as fun as other gameplay mechanics. Also, the game pitches itself as a parody but I didn't really find anything to be very humorous. It definitely achieves a lighthearted tone, though. I wouldn't recommend this because there are games that are more fun and less "mind numbing resource allocation" out there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Half-minute hero is what you'd call a parody on RPGs - you've got the leveling system, enemies, and bosses all scrunched up in a tight little package that encourages playing as fast as possible. In truth, it plays more like a multi-level time attack game: can you save the world in 30 seconds, or do you need to extend it to make the deadline?

That being said, the entire feel of the game is a bit... "whatever." Combat is automatic, NPCs do nothing when not helping you forward the quest, and the humor is perhaps a bit simple. Most of the game is bashing sticks together until you get a positive result, and optionally fine-tuning the mechanics so you can make it within 30 seconds (which can take a few tries).

It's hard to find a game to compare it to, but if you've played flash games, it's in a similar vein; simple premise, simple execution. Perhaps a bit too simple, as the game randomly throws rewards at you while not making failure threatening. There are hints that the game may have some secrets, but with the meat of the game feeling like a mess of random junk incoherently thrown together, the details don't compensate.

I don't like writing negative reviews, especially not when I've only had an hour's playtime, but there's just nothing to captivate the imagination here.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A lot of fun, and quite the challenge.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Game is entirely too short. I think I beat it in like 30 seconds.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Tried it for 30 seconds, became a hero, won the game, don't want to replay. 5/5, 30secs isn't worth of 9.99€ though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Very fun and dynamic for people who like role games. The half minute trial is a plus that spices things up, making this game a lot more challenging and fun!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I was playing this game for a reasonable amount of time and was doing quite well. While I was playing I sneezed really hard and it was one of those sneezes that makes you look at your hands and wonder how your snoz is capable of such destruction. At that point I had a decision to make. I could either use my filthy snot covered manos to continue to a town and stop the clock OR I could run to the bathroom next to my room and attempt to clean it off and run back to my room to attempt to get to a town without making my keyboard all gross. I chose option 2. I lost.

This game is so fast paced I forgot there was a pause button 10/10, would launch holocaust sized snot rocket and contemplate life again.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Thisgameissofastpacedcanteventalkitssoamazingaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnoireistakingme
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
LOL




okay those three letters were gonna be my initial review since that was my reaction. I'll add some.
This takes me back tot that 8 bit sega while being a remix that goes LOL, i cant really explain it. I would never have bought it but it came with a humble bundle that contained blackguards. it's LOL
and hectic, and classic
remixed
totally single player ... like the first game i ever had. A plastic box with lamps in it playing space invaders making strange noises, just me and the machine ...
not quite like that but

i cant describe it with anything but what i was initially gonna let it be , its LOL

the princess is in another castle supermeatboy, no not even like that, its just one of those original remixes of good times
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Beat it in 30 seconds EZ game EZ life 10/10
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Interesting idea but poor execution. Save your money.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
What a load of @%!&
I wish I never bothered redeeming this game!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
In the words of Furio Giunta... "Stupid ♥♥♥♥ing game"
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Could have been better

This is by far one of the best indie RPG titles I've played in a while except it has a lot of flaws.

1. There is no customization (which is important in an rpg)
2. There are no characters besides the one you start off with (aka no parties)
3. No Combat System (its all about the story) *The battles are automated* (would have been better if it was turned based*
4. its an average rpg story, could have been better written.


pros

1. Great music (it kept me wanting to play the game)
2. smooth and nice looking visual effects (except for when you're traveling around the main map)
3. Had a Final Fantasy I - II fibe to it (would have been better if the creator tried to make it a FF kockoff.)
4. good battle animations, (would have been better if it was a turn based game)

After playing the game I'd personally would rate it a 5/10 it was a nice new experience but not something I'd recommend. I really would have loved this game if it would have been turn based combat and if it didn't have a linear storyline.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Bought in humble bundle, played for 30 seconds, glad most my money went to charity instead of this.
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