Games Reviews: Half-Minute Hero

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The Independent Tech


Format PSP

Publisher Rising Star Games

Half-Minute Hero makes a mockery of the fantasy role-playing genre’s characteristically plodding action by challenging you to complete the game in just 30 seconds. That’s 30 seconds to level-up, buy equipment, discover the Evil Lord’s weakness and defeat said Lord; just as well then that the hero not onlymoves like lightning but can also turn back time. With speed firmly of the essence, the efficient control scheme helps enormously, while the varied stages – each designed as mock sequels, complete with intros and credits – create a unique style, perfectly complemented by a dry wit throughout.