Just killed 15 enemies, ate an herb, bought a sword,
leveled up 10 times, and killed an evil tree in 30 seconds.
Half Minute Hero -Super Mega Neo Climax-
Well, the premise of the game, is that every level, an evil lord is casting a spell that will end the world in 30 seconds. Your job is to defeat the evil lord and complete any other tasks in the 30 seconds you have. The map is made in a 2d grid fashion. Enemies will randomly appear while walking around this map, there are also villages scattered around the map. These villages normally have shops selling various items, and some of them have a goddess statue, and for a price, you can reset the time back 30 seconds. This can result in players frantically yelling "PRAYPRAYPRAY" and other comments along those lines. Quite entertaining.
So, the first thing I've noticed about the game, is it combines 2 genres I have never seen combined before. Time management, and RPG. This may sound like a very frustrating combination, but it's actually really fun.
I would have to say, the game is fantastic with friends (or a let's play). It's a very unique game, that has a very fun feel to it. On the other hand, I have to say, the combat system is very pointless. Your character simply runs towards the enemy, and swings his weapon at the monster. You can press a button to sprint, or press another button to use an item. (Herbs are the only item I've seen so far) This results in a very frustrating system, when there is nothing you can do to speed up the process of fighting at all, except for sprinting towards the enemy, which drains your health, so that's only an emergency option. The storyline is rather bland, and the only variation of your missions is maybe a side task, such as a forest fire, or maybe a volcano is about to explode. It's a unique experience, but has a bit of repetitiveness.
Now, onto the graphics. The game actually gives you two types of graphics, Modern, or Classic. Classic is your traditional pixelated rpg game, (Great for nostalgia) and modern is a very clean style of art, based on simplistic and round shapes. I personally enjoyed the overall appearance of the game.
In conlusion, I think that the game is very fun as long as you have a good friend to freak out with. On your own, the game can seem a bit boring and repetitive.
Game Rating: 7.5 Unique idea, great for parties.
What it costs: 800 Microsoft Points (9.99)
What it's worth: 800 Microsoft Points for XBOX360, but for PC I would only take it for 7.50.