Accompany Hercules on a quest to rescue his wife, kidnapped by the evil Hades in 12 Labours of Hercules! You'll meet heroes from Ancient Greece as you vanquish beasts, repair roads and construct wonders in this stunning Time Management game!
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Release Date: Mar 23, 2015

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“I loved the game!! It's amusing and colorful and just a pleasure to play as one can choose the level of difficulty that suits him or her best. And I loved the characters!! Lazy Hercules is a fun!”
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Accompany Hercules on a quest to rescue his wife, kidnapped by the evil Hades in 12 Labours of Hercules! You'll meet heroes from Ancient Greece as you vanquish beasts, repair roads and construct wonders in this stunning Time Management game!

No magical creatures were harmed in the making of the game. They're all actors.
Stunning HD graphics
Flying horse included
Challenging unlockable achievements
Action packed mini-games

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 resolution
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Buy it on sale and you can make profit with trading cards.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
12 Labours of Hercules introduces a new concept of puzzle game in time-based quests

With this low price, it's amazingly entertaining and fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I got this when it was on sale. Casual and fun resource/time-management game. I like the art style and it has interesting gameplay. Not particularly challenging, though not a complete cakewalk either and moderately enjoyable. Probably worth the full price, and surely worth the sale price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Great time management game

With this low price, it's defnitely worth it!
Getting 3 stars each round is challenging, but very fun.

Highy recommended
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
great game
i really enjoy it
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114 of 121 people (94%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
12 Labours of Hercules is the best Time Management game I've ever played. The extremely tight tuning, flexibility of play and excellent presentation makes the game incredibly fun and rewarding, especially for those who aim for perfection.

As with other titles in the genre, you're tasked with completing a set of goals in order to proceed to the next level. While the goals vary, the general concept is the same; collect resources and construct buildings to beat the timer. Efficiently managing your workers is at the heart of the gameplay, although it's by no means necessary if you want to play more casually, but doing so adds strategic depth to what is in essence a very simple game. Ultimately, the more effort you put into challenging yourself, the more reward you'll get out of it.
There are multiple ways to complete each level, but to earn gold, especially on Expert, not only are your multi-tasking skills put to the test but strategic planning as well. Figuring out which routes need to be cleared first, the order buildings are to be constructed (and whether to level them fully or at all), and which of the multiple power-ups are most beneficial to reaching your goal is what makes the game so fulfilling. You can tear your hair out spending dozens of tries on a single level, but when you make that one small change that brings your +5 second run to a -5, the feeling of accomplishment is like nothing else.

A handful of mini-boss levels breaks up the standard gameplay with Hercules fighting off mythical beasts and smashing through barriers on his quest to save Megara. These are enjoyable little interludes that add variety and humor to an already fun game.

Presentation is great as well. I generally don't expect much graphically from these games, but the artwork is cute and the animations fun. Musically, the soundtrack is a joy featuring plenty of classically inspired themes that are quite impressive for a casual title. Topping it off is full Steam integration with achievements, cards, cloud saves, and even leader boards, something ALL casual games benefit from on the platform.

It's not often that I walk away from a game with not a single complaint, but 12 Labours of Hercules has managed that feat. My only worry is that I will now hold all future Time Management games to the excellent standard of this gem, and that's a high precedent to reach. But excellence always comes at a price. Unless you absolutely abhor the genre, there's no excuse not owning this gem, especially considering the very generous sales it often receives.

Bottom Line: A must have gem that belongs in every gamer's library.
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71 of 79 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
Casual and rewarding time-management game

With this, the first installment in the 12 Labours of Hercules series, Zoom Out Games hit bull's eye upon release in March 2015. The mere fact that only half a year later the fourth game in the series has already been greenlit, speaks tons about the game's success.

12 Labours of Hercules is being advertised as a casual strategy game, but in reality it's a time-management game with very limited strategical options or choices. The story, although rooted in Greek mythology, is shallow and serves merely as a framework for the 40-odd levels. These levels are almost all based upon the same principle: control your workers (and now and then a very lazy Hercules or some other mythological figure) in order to clear the path towards the objective. In order to do so, you'll need three resources: food, materials & gold. These can be found or collected in several different ways, such as constructing and upgrading appropriate buildings.

Since each level is timed, it's quite important to take a look at the map before rushing off, noticing the places where buildings can be put or gold can be found. Playing on "casual" difficulty let me progress through the game without much of a hassle, collecting "gold score" on almost every level at the first try (and I am a complete noob at this type of game). But the higher difficulty setting was an entirely different story: all of sudden every second counted, and one wrong action early on in a level could ruin it. An extra difficulty level in between these two extremes would have been nice, but that's a very minor criticism.

During the course of a level, the player can activate one or more "powers" which boost some aspect of the gathering & building process. This provides a neat extra layer of gameplay, something the game needed more and more while progressing since the levels are nearly all built upon the same principle. Happily, the levels are never too long: most of them last somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes, which makes the game perfectly suited to be consumed as a gaming snack.

12 Labours of Hercules comes with full Steam integration such as trading cards, leaderboards and a varied bunch of achievements. These are not very difficult but still entertaining, and the game can be completed to 100% really easily or without any tiresome grinding.

Highly recommended to everyone with an even remote interest in time-management games. Or to all of you looking for a quick but very tasteful snack.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
12 Labours of Hercules is a fun little resource and time management game by Jetdogs Studios which was designed for iOS and ported into PC due to its popularity later on. This first one in the series is fun, relaxing and a point on choice for a couple of easy achievements as the rest of the series. If you feel like sparing time for a series of automated actions to meet certain challenges and have a smile now and then, keep reading.

First and foremost, these games are vaguely based on the actual 12 Labours of Hercules, an epic poem written by Peisander in 600 BC, narrating the 12 years that legendary Greek hero spent in service to King Eurystheus to atone for killing his own family whence he was maddened by Hera. As you can see, these kiddy versions of the legend are not as gruesome as the actual tale. For the content of the game, there is little to no story. All we know is that Hades abducted Megara - Hercules' wife - for unknown reasons and we are to take her back by building a path between Hellas and the Underworld with the aid of our servants and some monster buddies of ours. The game - as the rest of its instalments - mostly consists of thrown around mythological figures and a most required happy ending.

As for the display, art is cartoonish and enjoyable; not the worst that I've encountered in these kind of casual games. Icons and animations are cute. Everything’s pretty much Disney-ish actually. Music is cute, but with this amount of repetition in each and every level you may prefer muting it down after some time.

As for the gameplay, you basically drive some servants to collect resources, build paths and activate certain encounters within a limited time while you and your monster 'buddies' overcome some challenges. Game mechanics are real simple and easy to master, and your abilities to buff certain conditions makes this a casual game with little strategic planning. The most you'd find to be challenging is the achievement to complete all levels on Gold Time. It is possible to finish all quests within 3-4 hours anyhow.

If you feel like taking a break from some serious business that you've been attending, this is the perfect game with little to no brain involvement. You mostly play it with your reaction rate. All these games do go for a decent sale most of the time, so you may prefer getting it in one of those times. Enjoy!

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130 of 200 people (65%) found this review helpful
134 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Step 1: buy this for 0,14€
Step 2: get 3 trading cards from playing!
Step 3: sell 3 cards and get 0.05€ for each card
Step 4: Free game + 0.01€ Profit!

10/10 would profit again!
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
The correct name of this game should be "40 Labours of the Minions".

As always these Jetdogs guys don't know how to make a good game story, rather that, they know how to make good casual games.

12 Labours of "Hercules" is a casual 2D strategy game in which, you will play as the mighty hero of the greek mythology Hercules.

After hercules's wife gets kidnapped by the god of death, Hades, your mission is simple rescue your wife and punch out the bad guy.

Talking about the gameplay, hercules will be sitting in his chair, taking a break and touching his baaa .... meanwhile you as his minions will have to make the dity job. Collecting food / supplies to continue their journey through 40 simple but quite funny levels, this game will give you hours of entertainment (also a great game for achievement collectors).
  • Simple.
  • Addictive.
  • Great themed.
  • Visually friendly.

12 Labours of Hercules is one of those cheap games that worth every single cent.

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Derrick Rifkin
7.7 hrs
Posted: October 24
An entertaining little time management game, though I have to admit that the powers seem slightly OP (especially time stop) and the "boss-stages" or "mini-games" seem more at home on a mobile device than on a desktop PC.

(And for some reason the "Excellence" achievement doesn't seem to want to pop for me, even though I completed all mini-games without losing health)
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
This is a cute, sweet, simple game that was exactly what I was looking for when I bought it: mildly challenging (I played it at the easy/Casual level the first time through), engaging, and fun. Each level had enough variance to keep me interested, and was short enough that the whole game moved quickly, lots of different achievements to accomplish, etc. Amazingly cheap, no bugs, high quality. I'd totally buy this for a savvy elementary school kid as a gift, the whole series in fact. Come to think of it, there are all sorts of little ones around me for whom this series would be perfect.

I'm sure a second playthrough at the non-casual level would be a real challenge to complete in "Gold Time", as even at this level of difficultly, I had to replay a few levels and think about how to approach each level. Took me about six hours to get through the whole thing, which makes it just about one of the best bargains on Steam. I can only think of one or two games at the under $5 price point (and I think I got this on sale for something ridiculous, like $0.50) that matched the level of quality here, in gameplay, design, graphics, UI, etc. Support these devs! They're delivering real value.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
Pretty fun game. It's commonly on sale for <$0.59 - I bought all four of these games for a couple bucks. It's sort of like a flash game that would have been on Kongregate or Armor Games 10 years ago. It's not a deep game; just a really fun experience. I personally don't like the art style. It's worth whatever you spend on it when it's on sale.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 13
Enjoyable time management game. Distinct, beautiful graphics, matching music. As a mouse is all controls you need, you may have a rest and even have a drink, while playing.
Drops Steam cards ;-).
Highly recommended.
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Angry Penguin
19.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
This game is crap
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8.1 hrs
Posted: October 3
Not the deepest of strategy game out there but it is fun and well polished.. albeit a tad too easy, I flew through the game in no time.
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