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.
HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset
How does the new HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset from Kingston stack up against the competition?
Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
If you've played league, you've probably encountered at least one toxic player. If you haven't, there's a good chance that YOU are the toxic one. Don't believe me? Ask yourself if you've ever said any of the following...
Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
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.