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Half-Minute Hero

Platform(s): PC, PSP, Xbox 360
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Rising Star Games (EU), XSEED Games (US)
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Release Date: Oct. 13, 2009 (US), Feb. 12, 2010 (EU)

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'Half-Minute Hero' (PSP) Demo Available for Download

by Rainier on Sept. 11, 2009 @ 12:03 a.m. PDT

Half-Minute Hero is a bold new concept of having the player save the world, 30 seconds at a time. The player must fight, shoot, summon, and protect in four distinct modes, each containing a different perspective and unique gameplay style, across a total of 120 varied stages. The 8-bit graphics and story elements provide a unique style and humor, while the hard-rocking soundtrack keeps pace with the breakneck speed of gameplay.

For centuries, an epic battle between humans and evil lords has been raging and destroying everything in its path. The civilized world is under attack by these relentless enemies and all that remains are ruins of castles and the bodies of the faithful knights who once proudly protected them. Throughout time, heroes and legends have risen above the chaos, only to eventually disappear into the ashes. As the last wandering sage and final hope for humanity, it is up to the protagonist to somehow transcend time and death to unite these legends and their unique powers in one last battle against the Ultimate Evil Lord.

In Half-Minute Hero, choose between four modes of accelerated gameplay, each complete with original quests, enemies and attacks. Battles are either random, real-time encounters with monsters, evil lords and bosses, or stage related encounters. There are 50 stages in Hero 30 Mode and 30 stages in all other modes, in which players have 30 seconds, or a half-minute, to complete their tasks before joining forces with the other past and future legends to fight together in the legendary Hero 300. 

An unorthodox approach to traditional RPGs, Half-Minute Hero combines adventure, an epic storyline, legendary characters and a punishing countdown clock to destruction, to create an adrenaline pumping experience that will blow past conventional fantasy games. Retaining the charm inherent in classic RPGs, Half-Minute Hero is a breakneck foray into an ancient land of monsters and magic, all under 30 seconds.

The first of two downloadable demos for XSEED Games and Marvelous Entertainment USA's upcoming speed RPG, Half-Minute Hero is now available, accelerating gamers through a full RPG in Hero Mode. This mode allows players to level-up by defeating monsters in random encounters, upgrade equipment, talk to villagers and heal, all against a punishing countdown clock.

Key Features:

  • Fast-paced Action for Instant Gratification - A fresh new way to play games, clearing stages in 30-second intervals.
  • Four Completely Different and Unique Game Play Modes - Four distinct storylines and modes that encompass an action RPG, a shooter, an escort mission, and a strategy game, keep the gameplay fresh and varied.
  • Over 15 Hours of Total Gameplay - With each of the four unique modes containing 30 distinct stages, short individual play times add up to many hours of total gameplay.
  • Intense Multiplayer Action - Connect two to four friends through ad-hoc wireless connection for blazing fast competition!
  • Old-School Graphics, New-Age Metal Sound - Classic 8-bit graphics give this game its unique visual style, while original music by one of Japan’s most critically-acclaimed guitarists keeps a pace as fast and furious as the gameplay.

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