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 (12 reviews) - 100% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,114 reviews) - 88% of the 1,114 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.”
Destructoid

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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Bassmatrix
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Pretty fun for a little while.
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Keef Baker
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Somehow manages to cram every JRPG cliche in the world into essentially 30 seconds (except - using another JRPG cliche - you can slow down/reset time)

I'm not sure it would work for someone unaware of those cliches but if you enjoy the odd old school JRPG then the jokes won't be lost on you and it's fun.
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Monkeynutz
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Bored after the third quest.....it's instantly tedious and pure repatition. Worse yet, like many ported games it has a problem with any other gamepad devices being plugged in and won't let you operate the UI. It wants a 360 controller and that's it.
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Faizyr | Beautybiscuits
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
first time i played this i literally felt like i was on drugs.

would recommend to confused the crap out of your friends.
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Riz.
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Good game
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Pencil Pusher
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
If you love the adrenaline of finishing a level with seconds to go then this is the game for you.
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R3DDz
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Started to play.
Didn't understand a thing.
Continued to play.
Got rekt by a league minion named Hackein.
Unistalled.

5/7
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Salarn
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
https://youtu.be/pa4vz65lx-c

With only 30 seconds until the world ends will that time be spent selling kelp sandwiches or trying to stop evil?

Each missions in this Puzzle RPG challenges the player to get the right gear and enough levels to defeat the evil master mind attempting to cast the world ending spell.

Frantic pacing and puzzling don't always work but 'Half Minute Hero' finds the perfect balancing making it a great game to both struggle and laugh with.
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Quint92
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
30 sec ♥♥♥♥ I need more time ;D
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Kirito lord of noobs
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
crappy story. a timelimit bump into all enemies harder than they bump into you, seriously boring lame eating dirt for dinner game. left a bad taste in my mouth.
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Wedge
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I can’t type lengthy review and finish it in half minute.

Just buy it.
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Zakk
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Feels like a mini game collection. You have 30 secs to accomplish given mission and you just have to grind as long as it takes to make it through in 30 seconds. This is almost impossible to play with keyboard so gamepad is a must!
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-b1-
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
just no
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Fun little game 9/15
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BeTeslohan
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
All the fun of JRPG grinding without any of the hassle! The writing is silly and full of charming moments. I haven't played much of it at the moment, but I'll gladly pick it up (briefly) later when I have the time; about 30 seconds should do.
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Fugor
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
I almost 100% it on PSP, so I can tell you one thing.
BUY
If you even remotely like older jRPGs, fun and innovation, you gotta get this one.
It's also a good port in its own right, playable with the keyboard, gamepad recommended.
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CB
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Good for a lark, but ultimately low on substance. The gimmick is neat but gets old after a while. Not all game modes are available in the nicer looking graphics mode, which was confusing. No real story, no compelling characters, no interesting choises to make, and not particualrly chalenging to get through. Cool to see it, but ultimately: meh.
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emcitement
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Lol. This game is great. It really is. Its a unique sort of arcadey take on RPGs. Its a lot of fun to play. I can't really say much else. Its something you have to try out for yourself. Its easy to just jump into and have fun with it.

The music and visuals were nice - I much preferred the retro looking graphics. The newer ones looked kind of bad. You can change your visual setting so no biggie there.

There were a lot of levels including hidden and alternate paths on the world map. Lots of things to gear your character out with which was cool.

There are a few different game modes, but only one of them was really good. Doesn't hurt to have the extras though I suppose.

Some problems were the game being locked to 720p - If you like the retro artstyle then its no biggie and the game will look played on a monitor with a larger native res. If you like the cartoony artstyle then it becomes a problem.
Also, the multiplayer kinda' sucked because it had like no proper way to specifically play with friends or someone you want. It was so random. Not sure if anything relating it has been changed.

Anyways, the couple flaws are easy to look past when the gameplay is so much fun. Its a fun take on a classic genre. Worth playing for certain.
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Sleepless™
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
WTF is this s**t!!
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jasminflower69
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
This game makes me happy. I come back and poke at it every now and then, and it's able to draw me in.

Very original concept, has a nice look to it, and you don't have to spend hours sitting in front of it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I can’t type lengthy review and finish it in half minute.

Just buy it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
*A Half Minute Hero Review in 30 seconds
(Warning: bit of spoilers amd probably bad grammar)
(30..29..28) This game is both a great time, and total hell. I played on the 8-bit graphics and beat every mode. (Execpt hero 3 but i'll get more into that Later.) This game starts off like of other RPG games. You name your hero and get tossed into a world with monsters roaming around the plains and forest. (18..17..16..) After a quick tutorial you meet the Time Goddess and are on a quest to save the world in, you guessed it, 30 seconds. Never fear because once time gets low you can run into a town and pray to a statue for more time.... for a price. (9..8..7..) What if you get bored you ask? Well there are other story lines that play differently. A Beautiful Evil Lord and a blood thristy Princess. Plus there other unlockable storys. (3..2..1..) Uh, honey I doomed the world again!

Just because i didn't say anything about it doesn't mean it's not true, the soundtrack for this game is amazing! It really makes your feel like "Hey. I'm a hero!"
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Half Minute Hero is better described as a puzzle game rather than an RPG. With only 30 seconds on the clock, you will need to strategize well to min-max your time in ~60 quests. As a bonus, the game's cheeky humor making fun of typical RPG tropes (and itself) makes this a pretty entertaining experience.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Fun story/dialog but you'll do the same thing over and over again. Good game to kill time. 10/10 will be playing it again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
365 of 458 people (80%) found this review helpful
41 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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71 of 78 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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56 of 61 people (92%) 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 99 people (78%) 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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105 of 152 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
It's like an RPG except you gotta go fast.
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21 of 22 people (95%) 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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20 of 21 people (95%) 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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18 of 18 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 27 people (81%) 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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
I bought this game with my boyfriend, hoping to play it together. Unfortunately, the developers were too lazy to create multiplayer lobbies so you get matched with random people if anyone. In our case, we managed to play ONE game together before the multiplayer mode kept keeping us seperate.

PLEASE NOTE. YOU CANNOT INVITE ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS. I'm not sure how the developers expected us to play with our friends, if you cannot invite or get into game with them. Really disappointed.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
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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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2013
This game is great since it's precisely the same version of the old PSP series, with addition to enhanced graphics, and it's just plain awesome.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2013
This is no doubt one of my favorite games in the library, and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who likes Action games or Old School RPG satire. The game is about a boy who sets out to save a kingdom and, through a twist of fate, ends up making a pact with the Time Goddess to save the world...which only has 30 seconds until it explodes!

The game mostly parodies people, gaming, and most of all, the classic RPG, and it does it well. The game as a whole is really a parody, making it a point to "Grind, Grind, Grind!" when really getting to high levels only takes a few minutes. While the player only has thirty seconds to save the world, they can pray to the Time Goddess and, with an added fee, can turn back the clock. The story is expansive, and there are multiple paths and multiple endings, as well as multiple ways to go about each level (some story arcs even being surprisingly serious and tense).

And that's just the first mode. There are several modes, some of which tie into each other. This game will last you many, many, many hours, but the best part about it is that it doesn't matter whether you want a game that's easy to pick-up and stop at any point or one that keeps you in for the long haul, because this game occupies both of those roles. Really, I feel that this game should be in anyone's library regardless of whether they like RPGs or not. It's a great game, and for $9.99 it's a steal.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Curator Page: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/disastercake#curation

Something about this game is addictively charming. Loads of fun, and several hours of playtime and challenges await the completionist in us all. I mostly played this game on the Xbox, but also picked it up on Steam since I'm throwing away my Xbox.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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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