Hercules

a game by The Walt Disney Company, and Virgin
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, Playstation, PSX, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Disney Games, Hercules Games
Hercules
Hercules
Hercules
Hercules

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

Download Hercules

Genesis Download

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 Download

System requirements:

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

PSX Download

System requirements:

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

Gameboy Download

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

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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