Monday, June 20, 2011

Half Minute Hero

RATING : [3/10]

I'm not really in the mood for writing, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about this game.

I needed a game to keep me occupied for the 3 days I had to wait for Zelda OOT to come out, without being too engrossing that it would distract me once it did.  With a name like 30 Second Hero, I figured it was my best shot. 

It only took me a day or two to beat the first 3 "Games".  I didn't play any further past that, so I only have opinions on those 3.

I like the way they set this up. 30 seconds to grind into a powerful hero and beat the boss. Each battle is just a quick jaunt from one side of the screen to the other, sword flailing, taking down enemies on your way, so its pretty quick.Then, its game over, move on.  The credits even roll after each level, giving the illusion that you'd beaten a game in 30 Seconds.  Thankfully, you can speed through the credits so they don't get too terribly annoying. Each level also has a couple 'achievements', and there are some forks in the level paths, both which encourage more than one playthrough. Unfortunately, I got bored with the story and didn't spend much time on it.  They were kind enough to let hitting 'start' travel through everything at lightning speed. I don't feel like I missed too much not paying attention to the story, but it makes me a little sad that all that work was defenestrated.

Evil Lord:
By far my favorite one. If someone wasn't going to play this game, I'd at least coax them into the Evil Lord story. The Evil Lord gameplay is quite fun, similar to the first game in that you have 30 seconds, but different because instead of an uncontrollable sword flailing battle system, you're required to apply a little bit of tactics to your 30 second venture. Its a rock-paper-scissors summoning game between brutes, archers, and nimble types. Summon what you need and complete your objective as quickly as possible.  But this isn't what makes this bit the best. HE does.  The evil lord is a deliciously hilarious character that reminds me of something from some anime that I can't remember. He is vain, silly, and an absolute delight. I read every bit of story for this one, because it was so very worth it. It was also shorter than hero, and therefore felt lest repetitive.

Got bored. Super bored. The story was boring (though it did have a couple funny parts) and the gameplay felt incomplete and not very thought out.  Its a topdown sidescrolling shooter.  Unfortunately, though shooters have a tenancy to be wonderfully difficult, this one did not follow suit. You could run into just about everything and fail to shoot most of the targets and still win. I wasn't trying most of the game because I was bored, and still managed to get through it without failing any levels.  The levels were incredibly repetitive and I didn't really like the main character... I dunno. I just didn't like this section.

Well, that's all of them. I rambled quite a bit more than I meant to. 
The game has a lot of content, and they did a pretty good job. I'll definitely visit the game from time to time while I'm bored. It's easy to pick up and put down. And I love the Evil Lord.

[TLDR] The Evil Lord story makes the game worth playing. By a long shot.


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