Hercules

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a game by The Walt Disney Company, and Virgin
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, Playstation, PSX, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 6.8/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 7.3/10 - 25 votes
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See also: Disney Games, Hercules Games
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7.5

I have yet to see the movie, and I don't know if I will now, because I'm pretty sure the game has ruined a lot of the story line for me. So be warned if you haven't seen the movie and pick the game up first Hercules is one of the best games to come from Virgin (well, actually the developers, Eurocom Entertainment software and Disney Interactive as far as Virgin's side-scrollers go O e., Aladdin, Jungle Book, etc.) because of the cool new style the game has. The game isn't just 2-D like the old Disney-based titles were. In this one they have Hercules going on all sorts of directions with semi-3-D environments. Semi-3-D because there are polygons being used On pretty coollooking styles, by the way), but there are also plenty of well-animated sprites combined with the polygons. The game also uses melodies and iconography from the movie, so get ready for a wacky festival with plenty of humor while playing. I liked going through this one, although some of the levels were annoyingly difficult. The game has some minor rough edges that'll more than likely be overlooked if played. I guess it all comes down to liking Disney's style or not, but for me, this type of game works well with the funny characters, dramatic Bosses and some long levels.

8.0

This sleeper came out of nowhere and surprised us all at EGM. Hercules takes everything you liked from old side-scrolling classics and gives them a big 32-Bit boost. This game looks incredible. the levels are innovative and the Bosses are formidable. The controls are mediocre (you'll take a lot of unnecessary hits), and the game is short, but it's still recommended.

8.5

This one takes me back to the good days of Virgin's 16-Bit Disney-based games. Hercules packs the old-school charm and gameplay of classics like Aladdin, combined with the most fluid animation yet seen in a PlayStation game. It offers a good variety of levels, too The side scrolling stages are the best). I do wish it was easier to collect passwords.

9.0

This is one of the biggest surprises to come out of E3. Hercules is an outstanding platform game that really captures the look and feel of the Disney movie. The hand-drawn art is excellent, in addition to its technique of combining 2-D and 3-D graphics. There is plenty of variety between levels, and (most importantly) this game is just a lot of fun to play.

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Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PSX

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Gameboy

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Fans of Disney's latest animated feature may be disappointed by the film's side-scrolling PlayStation adaptation, but gamers nostalgic for 2D action won't be.

Hercules puts you in the title character's Air-Hercs for level after level of repetitive platform-style action. Here punches rocks! Here swings on logs! Here slays street thugs! Along the way, you'll discover weapon power-ups, collect coins and letters, and travel in and out of background layers as you prove yourself a true hero.

The main problem is that we've all played this game before, just with different dressings. Disney's Aladdin comes to mind first, but pretty much any movie-tie-in game where the lead character runs to the right, takes out baddies, and collects things will do. And like Donkey Kong Country, once you've found all the secret paths and items, this game's ancient history.

The Hercules feature film may be a blockbuster, but the video game version of this fable falls short of Olympus.

ProTips:

  • Use the lightning power-up to disintegrate the clay pigeons.
  • To beat the Centaur boss, don't attack him--just jump on his back and ride him rodeo-style!
  • At the start of Level 3, head left and climb the tree to find your first letter.
  • Stay alert for these paths to the background layers--you can't finish the level without exploring them, and they're full of goodies.
  • Stomp on uneven ground three times to uncover secret caverns full of power-ups.
  • One power punch will take out a column or a rock pile. Hold the triangle button until you hear a bell, then let loose.
  • Watch your speed when you're undertaking the Gauntlet. Don't run flat out or your timing will be off for the traps.

Graphics

Characters pixelate pretty severely when they get close, and the game is more 2D than 3D, but the hand-drawn animation is smooth.

Sound

Crisp tunes and effects have been transplanted straight from the flick. The music's jaunty and hummable without being overly annoying.

Control

The controls may be basic-jump, punch, super punch, and sword are almost all you have to worry about--but they're certainly solid.

Fun Factor

It's nice to see so many elements come straight from the movie, but the traditional gameplay really holds the game back.

Hercules is an interesting action-adventure game that combines colorful Disney-quality animation with sophisticated 3-D graphics.

Hercules is based on the newly released Disney movie, and it follows it quite religiously. There are even actual cinematic clips taken from the movie and incorporated into the game. Although not contributing to gameplay, these contribute to the game's cartoon look which the programmers of Hercules sought to achieve. It is also sure to please fans of the Disney movie.

Of course, you control the muscle-bound Hercules character. The game is mostly action oriented, but it does require that you use your brain and brawn to fight the mythical creatures and villainous enemies you'll find in your quest to live on Mt. Olympus as a god. These enemies include the Hydra, a beastly monster with an assortment of heads that regenerate if decapitated; the one-eyed Cyclops; and the ever-beautiful Medusa. Each of these villains pose different threats to you and will have to be toppled in order for I Hercules to obtain his status as a god on Mt. Olympus.

Not only does the game provide great animation, but the different voices that come from your animated allies add to the ambience of the game. These voices include Danny DeVito as Phil, James Woods as Hades and "Bobcat" Goldthwait as Pain-just like the movie. There are 10 different levels within the game, and each is taken from various scenes in the movie. Most of the levels are that of sidescrolling fare, but there are also 3-D sequences (such as one that is an incredibly long obstacle course) spaced throughout giving the game variety. There are three different worlds within these levels. They consist of Earth. Mt. Olympus and the Underworld.

The graphics in Hercules are impressive, as it meshes 2-D side-scrolling gameplay with 3-D graphics and landscapes. For instance, axes and other 3-D obstacles will swing back and forth, giving the game depth. One notable feature about Hercules is the way he can move in and out of several layers of background scenery, which enhances the overall depth and gives the game an extra element of exploration. Using this, many levels have multiple paths and secret areas that hold extra power-ups and goodies.

In stores now. Hercules is a game that will appeal to both fans of the movie and to gamers who love a good action game.

  • MANUFACTURER - Virgin
  • THEME - ACTION
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

Overview

Here he is again, the man of the summer, Hercules. He's the lead in a major motion picture and the star of 2 video games. What more could a strong man ask for?

This version of Hercules is a Disney-licensed game based on their smash hit movie by the same title. This is your basic steer-the-hero-through-levels-of-bad-guys-and-save-the-babe type game. There are some extras along the way to keep you on your toes, and the graphics are beautiful.

Gameplay

Hercules is your basic side-scroller platform adventure game. But wait, not every level side scrolls and not every level plays like a platform game. What will you do? My guess is you will have fun. The levels range from the seen-it-before category to the seen-it-before-but-not-very-often category. The game starts off taking you through a rigorous (and long) training course that gives you time to work out any control issues. Normally these types of games give you a couple of short and easy levels and then throw you into the fire. In this game, you get one long, easy level.

After completing the first level, the fun begins as the subsequent levels get a bit shorter and more exciting. The second level has you racing down the road trying to collect items and dodge enemies and obstacles. This would be no problem except the screen is constantly moving so you can't take your time. This level reminded me of the levels in Crash Bandicoot where you ride around on the back of the pig thing. After this level, you go back to a side scroller and eventually you battle giant birds, as well as Medusa and some other meanies. None of the levels are too difficult to make it through, but I did find something I didn't like: the way you saved the game.

I know this does not make sense so hold on while I explain. The normal saving procedure in platform games is beat the boss and complete the level and get prompted to save. Not here. Scattered throughout the level are the letters H-E-R-C-U-L-E-S. If you find all of the letters, you will receive a continue bonus that gives you extra lives. In order to save, you must find the 4 special pots scattered in the levels. If you don't find them, you can't save. You can advance to the next level but you can't save. I understand that they put this in so you don't just rush to the end of the level and finish the game too quickly. It makes you explore more but it is a tad too difficult. I spent hours combing every inch of the training course looking for the letters and pots and came up short every time. I know that the game houses many secret areas but they are nearly impossible to locate. This means that until you find the pots in a level and save, you have to go through the same levels again. And since Hercules is aimed at a younger audience, it will surely frustrate your pre-teen.

On a more positive note, the controls are easy to learn and execute. You will obtain various gifts from the gods that range from a helmet of invincibility to lightning swords. You can easily use the controls to select and use these gifts. The only time controls became an issue is when you find yourself jumping to grab the bars that you spin on. Even though it looked like you should be grabbing the bar, you missed. It takes a little patience to find the right spot to grab it. Once you do find the spot, you grab the first bar and have to do the same thing with the next one. This was not easy.

Another thing that should have been left out of the game is the columns and piles of rocks that you have to continually hit with your sword unit they break. The only time that you were even contested in this was when the Minotaurs were throwing rocks at you so you needed to move out of the way. Most of the time you just sat there and hit and hit until the obstruction finally crumbled away. Since this is a feature of the game, I think they should have added something more to this.

Graphics

All I need to say is one word—Disney. Was I watching the movie or playing the game? Hercules has the smoothest and most life-like motions I have ever seen a character pull off. It appears that Disney gave a lot of attention to the small details in the same way they do with the movies. The backgrounds were all quite colorful and the game is very easy to follow. The best part about everything was the guy in the trench coat that flashes you and drops coins and power-ups in the process. Yes, it's a bit anachronistic, but sometimes I think Disney throws in little things like this for the grown-ups in the audience.

Bottom Line

This is a great game that the whole family will love. It is almost as fun to watch as it is to play. The graphics are beautiful and the controls are adequate, but I wish it was not so hard to save. It was frustrating going through the same levels over and over. All in all, Hercules is a good time.

Overview

Here he is again, the man of the summer, Hercules. He's the lead in a major motion picture and the star of 2 video games. What more could a strong man ask for?

This version of Hercules is a Disney-licensed game based on their smash hit movie by the same title. This is your basic steer-the-hero-through-levels-of-bad-guys-and-save-the-babe type game. There are some extras along the way to keep you on your toes, and the graphics are beautiful.

Gameplay

Hercules is your basic side-scroller platform adventure game. But wait, not every level side scrolls and not every level plays like a platform game. What will you do? My guess is you will have fun. The levels range from the seen-it-before category to the seen-it-before-but-not-very-often category. The game starts off taking you through a rigorous (and long) training course that gives you time to work out any control issues. Normally these types of games give you a couple of short and easy levels and then throw you into the fire. In this game, you get one long, easy level.

After completing the first level, the fun begins as the subsequent levels get a bit shorter and more exciting. The second level has you racing down the road trying to collect items and dodge enemies and obstacles. This would be no problem except the screen is constantly moving so you can't take your time. This level reminded me of the levels in Crash Bandicoot where you ride around on the back of the pig thing. After this level, you go back to a side scroller and eventually you battle giant birds, as well as Medusa and some other meanies. None of the levels are too difficult to make it through, but I did find something I didn't like: the way you saved the game.

I know this does not make sense so hold on while I explain. The normal saving procedure in platform games is beat the boss and complete the level and get prompted to save. Not here. Scattered throughout the level are the letters H-E-R-C-U-L-E-S. If you find all of the letters, you will receive a continue bonus that gives you extra lives. In order to save, you must find the 4 special pots scattered in the levels. If you don't find them, you can't save. You can advance to the next level but you can't save. I understand that they put this in so you don't just rush to the end of the level and finish the game too quickly. It makes you explore more but it is a tad too difficult. I spent hours combing every inch of the training course looking for the letters and pots and came up short every time. I know that the game houses many secret areas but they are nearly impossible to locate. This means that until you find the pots in a level and save, you have to go through the same levels again. And since Hercules is aimed at a younger audience, it will surely frustrate your pre-teen.

On a more positive note, the controls are easy to learn and execute. You will obtain various gifts from the gods that range from a helmet of invincibility to lightning swords. You can easily use the controls to select and use these gifts. The only time controls became an issue is when you find yourself jumping to grab the bars that you spin on. Even though it looked like you should be grabbing the bar, you missed. It takes a little patience to find the right spot to grab it. Once you do find the spot, you grab the first bar and have to do the same thing with the next one. This was not easy.

Another thing that should have been left out of the game is the columns and piles of rocks that you have to continually hit with your sword unit they break. The only time that you were even contested in this was when the Minotaurs were throwing rocks at you so you needed to move out of the way. Most of the time you just sat there and hit and hit until the obstruction finally crumbled away. Since this is a feature of the game, I think they should have added something more to this.

Graphics

All I need to say is one word'Disney. Was I watching the movie or playing the game? Hercules has the smoothest and most life-like motions I have ever seen a character pull off. It appears that Disney gave a lot of attention to the small details in the same way they do with the movies. The backgrounds were all quite colorful and the game is very easy to follow. The best part about everything was the guy in the trench coat that flashes you and drops coins and power-ups in the process. Yes, it's a bit anachronistic, but sometimes I think Disney throws in little things like this for the grown-ups in the audience.

Bottom Line

This is a great game that the whole family will love. It is almost as fun to watch as it is to play. The graphics are beautiful and the controls are adequate, but I wish it was not so hard to save. It was frustrating going through the same levels over and over. All in all, Hercules is a good time.

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