Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
The world is at an end, and you have 30 seconds to save it!
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Very Positive (1,144 reviews) - 88% of the 1,144 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 27, 2012

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

“...a fantastic and unique game worth experiencing.”
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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
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Very Positive (1,144 reviews)
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Weffke
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
It's fun but halfway the game it gets pretty boring as you just do the same over and over and over.
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kijib
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
garbage gameplay and no resolution support
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Komo
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
I beat it in a half minute HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR
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The 25th Baam
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
I bought it soley because of the menu music and the game turned out to be amazing, big bonus
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DamonRageDevil "Tyrant"
10.0 hrs
Posted: August 5
If your name is Cyrus, and you don't play this game. You are akin to Hitler. Okay bye.
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Skywalker
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 1
If we looking from the behind the idea of the game, thats brilliant. You have a 30 seconds to save world and you must do every thing in that time, like leveling up, taking weapons and armor, talking npcs and defeating boss. This is a fun game if you like time countdown like games, but for me i dont like thats kinda games. you have limited times to do everything and every new level starting from the zero, quest looks like same every time.
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Dasbooby
5.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
Interesting concept, fun at first, but quickly grows easy, dull, and repetitive. Each board starts you at level 1 and gives you 30 seconds to run around and kill bad guys to level up and get gold which you use to buy equipment, heal up, or reset time. Fighting happens automatically with your only options being to 1. Increase your attack speed while doing damage to yourself; 2. Run away; or 3. heal yourself during the battle if you've bought an herb. Boards generally have multiple villages/towns/caves/etc that you can visit to talk to villagers and get various things. Some boards have splitting paths or side missions/characters you can get for that board only. You grind up enough levels until it says you're a higher level than the boss, then you go and defeat him at his castle.

The problem with the game is that you're doing all of this for every single board. Essentially, once you've played 3-4 boards, you've seen the whole game. Most maps come down to whether you're a high enough level to beat the boss. If you are, go fight boss, if not, then go grind some more until you are. Dying in combat doesn't penalize you in any way that I've noticed, you simply go back to the starting village. At the worst, you might have to run 3 seconds to get back to where you were. It can actually be helpful to die at times if you're low on time and need to get back to the start village to reset the timer. Also, for some strange reason, the game shows you what stats equipment increases but doesn't bother telling you what the stats actually mean. I'm still not sure if weight is supposed to be a helpful or bad stat? You can replay boards, but in order to do so, you must de-equip any equipment that you received on that board or after it, which is often a hassle. Also, the inventory system for your equipment is a mess, making it annoying to find what you want to equip.

The main factor in the game is supposed to be the time you have to complete a board, but it's often the least important factor. This is because every board gives you the ability to reset the timer back up to 30 seconds while keeping all your stuff. The cost of doing this goes up each time you do it during a board, but the cost is very minimal. Resetting time once costs 100 gold, 2nd time costs 200 gold, and so on. The problem is that you can grind out 500-1200 gold during those 30 seconds, so not having enough gold to reset the timer is almost never an issue and you'll have leveled up significantly during that time. Most boards can be completed resetting the timer just once or twice, as you'll already be stronger than the boss by then. Being able to reset the timer removes any sort of meaningful challenge from the game.

There's not enough happening in this game to keep it interesting. Quests often devolve down into fetch quests or go there and kill that thing. Side characters are almost always useless since you can quickly grind up levels and beat the board without them. Equipment is nice, but I'm still unsure on what some of the stats mean, and being a higher level negates the need for good equipment anyway. The only useful equipment I found were the swimming gear to swim around on water boards, or the weapons that allow you to 1 hit kill certain monster types, but those are almost always only useful for killing some otherwise invincible mini-boss to complete a sidequest. Being able to reset the timer makes the main draw of the game pointless. They should've set the clock for 2 minutes with no way to reset, called the game 2 Minute Hero, and made players deal with the time limitation. This would've made exploring boards more tense and actually given some meaning and challenge to the game. Instead, it's just a pale imitation of the game that it should have been.
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A11igat0r
31.3 hrs
Posted: July 30
Half minute hero is very fun, but it tends to make you freak out and make your heart pump very fast and hard. If you like games that make you a bit anxious and nervous, while at the same time making you feel awesome when your victorious, then get this. If not, don't get it.
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Teeheeman
21.8 hrs
Posted: July 25
I think it may have been longer than half a minute
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maliksusanto
6.8 hrs
Posted: July 23
30 Seconds,
you only have 30 seconds to buy this game.
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Time's up.... what are you doing here? you haven't buy it? i'm sorry 30 second already passed, you can't buy it anymore.
















Psstt, hey i can help you, who am i? i'm Time Goddess, i can rewind time for a price of course.
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REPEAT FROM ABOVE UNTIL YOU BUY THE GAME
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
385 of 489 people (79%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
half minute hero is what my ex used to call me
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73 of 80 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
It'll make you laugh. It'll make you cry. It'll make you spill juice on your good pants.

Half-Minute Hero plays like a normal RPG on speed: Each map has you grind, get new gear, and fight a big bad boss, with each RPG taking about only 3 to 5 minutes. There are plenty of different maps with branching paths and titles to challenge to go through maps different ways.

Unlike the 360 version, it comes with Evil Lord 30, which is a top-down beat'em'up where you summon monsters to beat up people, Princess 30 where you play a shoot'em'up under a very strict 30 second royal curfew, and Knight 30 where you protect your sage for 30 seconds against monsters. All of these is more than reason enough to pick up this game if you are even remotely interested by the premise.
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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
More a puzzle game than an RPG. Balance speed vs. grinding vs. money management to solve each stage, contains 99% of the content of all other versions of the game... probably the "ultimate" variant. A crazy game which has some silly moments and a barrage of replay value given the multiple awards, unlocks, and branches each stage might come complete with.

A speedy game deserves an equally-quick review, no?
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77 of 100 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
A game in 8-bits that doesn't feel like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ retro game. Everything on the game goes faster than lighting (no pun intended), and there are a lot of references. A lot of stages to play, 4 long stories to complete, one hell of a final battle, and a little Challenge mode if you have the balls, all with great music, and non-8bit mode for people that don't like them.

It's at 1,74€ right now. And I can tell you, it's worth more.
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107 of 158 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
It's like an RPG except you gotta go fast.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
It's a great game, though it was slightly better on the PSP. The original graphics don't scale well to a PC screen, and the new alternative graphics are terrible. The sequel is even better, and it comes with a free copy of the first game, so buy that. But make sure you play the first game before the sequel.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
This game is the polar opposite of what an RPG should be and it's kind of fun.

It adds all the old school references you admired as a child and throws you in to a frantic panic to grind out levels, complete side quests and defeat an evil boss all in under 30 seconds! Well let's get one thing straight, you don't have to beat every stage in 30 seconds, in fact, some stages can take up to a minute and a half to complete which is kind of false advertising but it's still pretty fun.

The user interface could of used some tweaking, it's poorly optimized for PC. Alt + tabbing minimizes the window, it doesn't run the program in the background, so that was getting kind of annoying when I had to look up a guide.

My only real gripe about the game design is the convoluted side quests you have to do, there's no indication or explaination in game of how to get them done either, some are very cryptic as well... You'll be replaying levels twice or even three times and some of them can get incredibly obnoxious. You definitely need a guide if you're going for 100% completion on this one, you've been warned.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
Super funny game with many JRPG reference and humors on it

Good:
- Fast and tense 30 sec rule
- With all addictive JRPG elements such as secret map, NPC mercenaries, Flying on map, etc. which keeps you playing
- Good humors and adorable cute character designs
- Full controller support with very easy to use control scheme
- Good variations for diffferent levels
- Free Bonus materials after cleared the game is satisfied rewarding. It is very precious in recent Season Pass still not include all DLC different colour skins era
- Multiplayer mode add replayability

Bad:
- Not enough hints for discovering secrets since you got 30 sec each pray, will rush to boss and easily missed out the secrets. Replay the map will not reward the new equipment, force to read walkthough before start level for completionist
- Same attack effects no matter you're using iron sword or legendary sword
- Graphics is little bit rough

Score: 80/100
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
I gotta hand it to the developers - Whomever had this idea that you could save the world in 30 seconds is awesome! There are lots of challeneging elements that create a do or die situation and it makes the game more and more interesting to play - and you can even replay the levels to see if there was something you missed. You can turn back time in the scenario your in , but everytime you turn back the clock it costs you more and more money. Game has 2 different graphic modes to choose from, but I like the updated graphics the best for some reason. I'm wondering if in the future, they can add a retro 8 bit soundtrack to the game as a selectable option, like the retro graphics option that is present in the game. Would make it more complete, but for the challenge this game provides I can't complain
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
A fun little game that's easy to pick-up and play. I'm not usually a big fan of timed games, but thankfully Half Minute Hero's gimmick is easy to work around and looping time to do everything you want to isn't very difficult. Not needing to stress about time limits is a good thing.

Every stage boils down to you leveling-up, finding secrets, buying items and killing stuff in relatively densely packed levels with little fat. The game auto-attacks and the only real actions you have in your arsenal are using items and dashing. The simplicity of it works really well and despite most levels playing very similar to one another, there's enough variations to keep things fresh. There are multiple branching paths you unlock by beating levels through different means and every level has a couple of unique titles you can earn by meeting various conditions. There's just enough to each level to warrant a replay if you're interested.

HMH also has a surprising amount of content. There's 50+stages in the main game and after beating it, different game modes unlock that are essentially mini tower defense, RTS, and shump campaigns. These modes are very basic and honestly not that great, but they're fun enough and have the same light-hearted tone as the main game. Princess 30 is probably the best of the bunch since the fast-paced shooting stages are the closest of the extra modes to the pace of the main game. One important thing to know, you need to set the game to retro graphics mode to play these in their full campaign, otherwise they're just one-off stages in the vein of the main game. There's nothing suggesting this in-game so if you're playing with the updated graphic option, you'll miss out of the full version of the modes.

As for the bad stuff, the port has some problems, like one of the stages in the main game crashing consistently if you're not playing in retro graphic mode. So if Quest 26 keeps crashing on you, that's the problem. Resolution options are limited to 1280x720 windowed or a stretched fullscreen.

The other main issue with the game is the equipment UI is ♥♥♥♥♥♥. Having to scroll horizontally though a bunch of icons when equipping stuff is really annoying and since you're limited to replaying levels only with the equipment you had up to that point, the terrible UI is something you'll have to deal with a decent bit. The pixel graphics also look quite bad when they're blown up and used as "speaking" models. They just take up too much screen real estate in relation to their size and look like a jumbled mess

In short, a fun, casual game that's easy to play. It's also now packaged with the sequel game for the same price as the original by itself, so make sure to buy the right version so you get both games.
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