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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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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. The music skips so much and can get so annoying that I have to mute my TV at times. But you know what, no matter how much the game may crash, or the music may skip, I still play the game over and over because I love it. And no scratches or cracks in the CD are going to stop me from playing this game!
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.
and Atlanta who shoots people with her arrows. I think anyone should buy it.