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Herc's Adventures - PlayStation

by LucasArts
Everyone
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation
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  • ASIN: B00002SV66
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,310 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation

Review

Herc's Adventures for the PlayStation comes out at an awkward time. Virgin just released the Hercules Action Game, based on Disney's summer blockbuster, which has met with pretty good reviews. How does this similarly-themed title, based on the same subject matter, stack up? Pretty well, thanks to its unique approach and interjection of humor into the game - providing you're into bad puns and offbeat dialogue.

The setting is ancient Greece, and Hades, the lord of the underworld, has captured Persephone, the goddess of spring and new growth. On a mission from Zeus, you have a choice of three characters - Herc, Jason, or Atlanta - and you must rescue Persephone, or else ancient Greece is toast. The game unfolds over forty different landscapes in an RPG-lite style that plays a bit like the old Legend of Zelda titles. Herc's Adventures is mainly straightforward: You just hit things and throw stuff at your enemies. Each of the three playable characters has its own special abilities, and the game offers different options for overcoming obstacles. Along the way you are presented with a variety of mythological enemies and bosses to fight, and two players can even team up and play at once in a cooperative mode.

So how does it compare to that Disney game? Pretty favorably. With its subversive humor and pun-filled setting, the game is surprisingly funny (in a fashion similar to LucasArts' Sam and Max Hit The Road). The graphics look quite good, and in some ways have a more refined look than Virgin/Disney's version. All in all, it is very impressive for a 2D game. When it comes down to it, Herc's Adventures offers much more depth than the Virgin/Disney title, which is essentially an arcade game. The graphics, gameplay, and humor make a unique mix that results in a truly fresh title unlike most of the other games on the market today. --Glenn Rubenstein
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good game but very tough April 28, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Herc's adventure is certainly very original in its approach. Basially, you play as either super-strong Hercules, bow-wielding Atlantis, or the swordsman, Jason. Each of the characters has their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Atlantis has an attack that has excellent range, but her strength is very low. In this game, you must rescue Persephony, goddess of spring, who has been captured by Hades, lord of the underworld. You play in the world of ancient greece, and travel from place to place in a top-view perspective (think A Link to the Past). Each character has their own unique weapon, but they can also use a variety of limited use items and weapons which you collect throughout the game. These are escencial to winning against the games tough bosses, which include Medusa, the Minotaur, Hydra, and Hades's three-headed dog Cerberus, to name a few. The weapons range from spears to chile breath to laser guns, and some are btter than others. To replenish health, you eat Gyros, and you need gold to buy a lot of important things. Howver, gold can be hard to come by, making saving (yes, it costs money to save) impossible at some times. Each character can lift objects such as rocks and houses, but that requires strength, which depletes when you pick up or crry an object, and whne you run fast, but goes back up slowly. Stregth max can be increased though dumbbell items or 'bought' from weight-lifters. The story is quite original and very quirky. It is almost guarenteed to draw a laugh at some point. The grapics are in a cartoony style, but are very rich and colorful. The sounds are cool, but the music can get just plain annoying after an hour or so. Gameplay wise, Herc's Adventure is very fun, but suffers from a repetitive air and its hard difficulty level. Overall, this adventure is worth a buy, and will keep you playing for hours on end.
Graphics-4.5
Sound-4.0
Control-4.0
Gameplay-4.5
Replay-4.0
Difficulty-Hard
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever Made! June 7, 2009
By D.J.L
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I cannot explain the love I have for this game. I have been playing this game since I was a little kid, and constantly play it over and over. Over the years I have shown this to over twenty of my friends, every single one of them has agreed to it being a very addictive game. I to this day don't understand how this game wasn't insanely popular, and how a second continuation of this game wasn't made. I myself would pay a few hundred dollars, or possibly even more for them to make a second continuation of this game if I could.

Basically to sum up the game, you can either be Hercules, Jason, or Atlanta as your character to play with during the game. (Or if you choose you can play this game with two players.) You first start out just defeating basic monsters like cyclops, then are told by Zeus that you need to defeat Hades as your mission. Then throughout the rest of the game you will visit Gods such as Athena, Poseidon, and Hera to help you along the way with your quest. You most likely won't solve the missions the Gods give you at first, but after a while it begins to be easy once you know the tricks to the game.

As for some bosses you will fight throughout the game are The Minotaure, Hades, and Medusa. The bosses get harder and harder each time. So ALWAYS make sure you are stocked up on a good amount of Gyros. A good idea is to go back and forth between Elis and Sparta and exchange arrows for Gyros, and also collect gold and buy it from the Gyro seller in Elis. Do this back and forth for a while and get 20 Gyros. 20 is a good amount to fight a boss..

But basically, this game by far is the best game I have played in my entire life. My CD that I have is in such bad condition; It has a huge crack in it and tons of scratches.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless adventure. April 5, 2013
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Considering how few people I've ever met who even know what Herc's Adventures is I'm not surprised how expensive this game is.. I wish it was on PSN or X-box live.

It's a great journey, great experience, it's funny and fun. So much hand drawn animations, looking at it again makes me realize how well made this game was visually for its time. I don't know about 60-500 dollars, but it is worth 10-20 for a sit down and play with a friend. You won't beat it in one sitting... it's a little hard, it's also a huge world, but it's all interesting and will keep you going.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Favorite April 1, 2011
By Sloth
Platform for Display:PlayStation
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I rented this game as a child, lusted for it ever since. Thanks to a friend, I now own it and love it. It's the best multiplayer game out there because it has a fun plot, interesting puzzles, and you can play on a team instead of versus each other. Plus, it's fun for children because you never quite die... you just have to go through the underworld to get back to the same spot you were at. What a blast from the past!
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