Developer: Marvelous Entertainment | Opus
Publisher: Marvelous AQL
Half-Minute Hero provided a innovative breath of fresh air when it released on PSP back in 2010. Half full-fat JPRG, half time trial puzzler and utterly charming to boot, Marvelous' marvelous hybrid resonated with gamers looking for a new and exciting take on the genre, packing a variety of gameplay styles and freely subverting everything we thought we knew about traditional grind-heavy adventures. Following a slightly skinny XBLA revamp that excised much of the content last year, the elaborately-subtitled Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy edition brings a comprehensive definitive version to the PC.
As always, the meat of the game is found in the Hero 30 mode, which skilfully disassembles the quintessential 8-Bit JRPG experience and rebuilds it into a thirty second format. All the elements are present and correct: a level one hero, a castle containing a nefarious villain (or similar objective) and a two dimensional swathe of land teeming with random battles, NPCs, villages and dungeons. For the most part, players need to improve their character by engaging in quick automatic battles, earn money to buy new gear and eventually face off against the boss. Reaching and defeating your adversary can often be accomplished in a number of different ways, frequently featuring optional companions with benefits and subquests of their own. Each level is a morsel of RPG goodness, a tiny yet perfectly formed game bookended with its own title screens, introduction and credits, boasting a story and identity of its very own.
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