HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo Climax2011-08-12 10:05:28Intoluene
Overall Fun Level
Reviewed by Intoluene August 12, 2011
A new release is not necessarily better.
As the title implies, this is not the first iteration of Half-Minute Hero. This game first appeared on the PSP and I loved it for the same reasons I love this iteration. The main drawback is that too much is missing that first appeared on the PSP version and people getting this version are missing out.
Let's get right to the point. Half-Minute Hero is fun. Have you ever felt like playing an RPG, but didn't want to spend some 50 hours on it? Boy, is this game for you. It's tongue-in-cheek, funny and takes jabs where they're due. This game does not take itself seriously.
The gameplay is simple. Every level will have the Hero face an Evil Lord that will destroy the world in 30 seconds. Go beat him up and you have won. Numerous things will get in your path and the Hero will need to gain levels and extra equipment to take them down. Luckily he has the Time Goddess on his side. This greedy lady will turn the clock to back 30 seconds for a price that will grow every time it is used.
Most of these levels will take less time to complete than it took to get to this part of the review, most can easily be completed within a minute. There are 50 to complete as well as a few other modes unlocked later. Battles work as random encounters and will proceed automatically. The Hero enters from the left and will run into the enemies until one runs out of HP. The focus of the gameplay is not on the grinding and the battles. While both are necessary, the main issues you will need to solve are ones predominantly of time management and simple puzzle solving.
The main loss is the reworking of Evil Lord 30, Princess 30 and Knight 30. In their own way, these play modes were fun and significantly different from each other. I will avoid detail as it is not necessary for this review but Evil Lord 30 played like an RTS, Princess 30 was a shooter and Knight 30 was more of an action game. In this iteration, they consist of only one level and play exactly like Hero 30. This is a significant loss of content. The original PSP version also featured the Goddess Room; where the items, monsters and Evil Lords can be examined, some with accompanying artwork.
What has this version added? A new style of artwork and intrinsic leaderboards. You can switch between the classic graphics which feature sprite art which fits rather well thematically or the new, cartoon artwork which while higher in graphical quality feels a little out of place for a game that's trying to tug at your retro heartstrings. The leaderboards are a fantastic feature that works much better than the password system used with the PSP.
Chances are, you've already decided if a game titled Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax is for you. I honestly can't recommend Half-Minute Hero enough but if you own a PSP, pick up the version on that platform instead of this one. Those that already own Half-Minute Hero on the PSP, I wouldn't bother with this release. If you don't belong to either party, give this game a try. If you're unsure, play the demo. You'll be glad you did.