Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
I'm actually not entirely certain how to qualify the latest iteration of Half-Minute Hero. On the one hand, it does have plenty of RPG elements - you've a persistent character who you can equip with a wide array of weaponry and armor found throughout the game, and your character levels up as you defeat monsters (albeit temporarily). On the other hand, the frantic, fast-paced nature of the title makes it more often than not feel like a straight action game, while the thirty-second time limit on each 'section' (more on that in a moment) adds to the title some very odd overtones.
Still, whatever it is, it's damned fun, and bloody addictive.
For those unfamiliar with the Half Minute Hero titles, the premise is quite simple. You are a lone hero, a wanderer from a distant land. All across the world, evil spell-casters are acquiring a devastating spell which will cause the world to end in thirty seconds (apparently, learning dark magic tends to make one more than a touch suicidal). As the hero, you've naturally got to do everything in your power to stop this. Unfortunately, your power is more than a little limited.
That's where the Goddess of Time Comes in. For a small stipend (which increases every time you request her services), she'll reset that thirty second timer (hey saving the world ain't cheap). Her love of the world, after all, is almost as intense as her love of gold. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is a game that doesn't really take itself all that seriously. That, my friends, is entirely alright. After all, this is a series where the sole premise is condensing the traditionally melodramatic story-line of typical RPGs down into thirty-second, bite-sized pieces.
Battles pretty much consist of charging whatever monster happens to be in your way and bashing it until it lets you pass. The only way players can really impact the outcome of these battles is with healing herbs or by fleeing from them. This, presumably, is to keep the game's flow intact; to keep things quick and streamlined. It works: everything about Half-Minute Hero involves moving forward (at a breakneck pace), and even the various side-quests and achievements which pepper each area are easily blown through.
Fittingly enough, I'm going to keep today's entry short and sweet. If you're looking for a simple, addictive, fast-paced RPG which you can pick up and put down at a moment's notice, give Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Boy a shot. You can find it on Steam. Oh, it also has multiplayer. That's pretty cool, too.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.
Censorship Spells Trouble for League of Legends Patcher
Internet filtering has been a hot button issue for the past several years. With the slow gutting of protective measures like Net Neutrality, and with governmental powers seeking an end to online anonymity, it's rather harrowing to see the slow progression of political and social policing of the internet. Recently, after about a year of lobbying, the United Kingdom enacted a piece of legislation that many have come to call the "UK Porn Filter." What the filter requires is for British ISP's to implement filters and controls, which are on by default, that will block access to "violent material," not imited to "extremist and terrorist related content," "anorexia and eating disorder websites," and "suicide related websites."
Five Things Riot Needs To Do With League of Legends
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near.
The Five Best MMOs of 2013
2013 was quite a year for MMOs. Not only did we enjoy a whole host of strong releases; a bunch of already excellent games were made even better. Here's just a few of MMO Attack's favorite MMORPGs of the year.
Five Trends That Reshaped MMORPGs In 2013
It's been a hell of a year, hasn't it? As we move into the first days of 2014, let's take a look back at how the world of MMOs has changed - and how that might impact the future.
Best Free MMORTS and Strategy Games List (2014)
A top 10 list of the best free MMORTS and strategy games so you can give them all a try in one place and not have to worry about scouring the internet to find the best ones
The Lack Of Quality In The Survival MMO
We've seen an abundance of new titles join the genre this year, most hot on the heels of the incredibly popular DayZ mod from ARMA II, but they all seem to share a certain lack of quality and polish